8 reasons you could be feeling sluggish all day, according to the centers for disease control and prevention (CDC)

Michael George

Do you often ask yourself, “Why am I so tired all the time?” If so, this article may be the perfect read for you. We have compiled a list of some of the most common reasons for tiredness and what you can do to bounce back into action.

There are many reasons you could be feeling sluggish all day even if you’re getting enough sleep. It could be a condition called chronic fatigue syndrome. But it could also mean something less severe, that can be easily prevented by adopting healthier habits. For example, by changing your diet or by simply drinking more water.

We don’t want to look like zombies all the time, so we’re glad there are simple steps we can take to avoid that!

1. Not eating properly

Refined carbohydrates can be a quick energy source. When you eat foods like breakfast cereal, cookies, pasta, or pizza, your blood sugar spikes and you feel more energetic because of the refined carbohydrates they contain. But when your blood sugar drops, you feel tired again. And if you keep eating refined carbs, you'll feel tired throughout the day. Eat less sugar and processed carbohydrates and replace them with fiber-rich foods such as oats, lentils, and vegetables.

2. You are not active enough

When you return home tired from work, you might think that lying on the sofa can help you save energy and feel a little more energized. It's important to do some exercise at least twice a week, and this will always make you feel less tired. A 2008 study found that young people who did only 20 minutes of low-intensity exercise three times a week had higher energy levels and lower levels of fatigue.

3. Not getting enough sleep

You may feel tired even after the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep at night. This is because the quality of your sleep is just as important as the amount of time you sleep. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.

Also, don't drink coffee at the end of the day, and don't waste time on the phone or watching TV before bed. This will help improve the quality of your sleep and you may not feel tired during the day.

4. People who are sensitive to food

If you feel unreasonably tired during the day, this could be a sign of food intolerance. Some of the most common are gluten, dairy, and eggs.

5. you don't drink enough water

If your body doesn't replenish the water it loses through biochemical reactions, you become dehydrated. This can lower your energy levels and make it difficult to concentrate. Studies have shown that men who drank water to make up for what they lost while exercising on the treadmill felt less tired than when they didn't drink water.

6. I get stressed out

Studies have shown that high levels of stress can lead to fatigue. Additionally, one study found that avoiding stress can increase fatigue. Yoga and meditation can help relieve this condition.

7. You may need more vitamins

Your diet may also be deficient in iron, vitamin D, or vitamin B12. Foods high in iron include spinach, broccoli, red meat, and turkey. B12 can be found in milk, eggs, salmon, and beef or taken as a supplement. For more vitamin D, eat more mushrooms, fatty fish, and seafood. Also, spend more time in the sun.

Have you ever felt tired despite getting enough sleep? Why do you think this is happening in your case?

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Michael George has her BSc (Hons.) Degree in Neuroscience, and is the owner and founder at Promellu.

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