Are you always tired during the day and can’t figure out why? It’s not always sleep deprivation that makes us tired. Even if you think you get the right amount of sleep at night, one of these things could be making you tired.
7 Things You’re Doing That Make You Tired During The Day
1. You Skip Exercise When You’re Tired
Regular exercise boosts strength and endurance, helps make your cardiovascular system run more efficiently, and delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues. Exercise is very routine-based and when the routine is disrupted, your body knows. Instead of crashing on the couch, take a brisk walk. You’ll feel (and sleep) way better.
2. You’re A Perfectionist
Pobody’s nerfect. See? When you constantly strive for perfection, you’ll find you’re constantly unhappy with your performance. You’ll set unrealistic goals, and work harder and longer in hopes of reaching them. Set time limits for your work – you’ll find that the work doesn’t suffer, and you’ll suffer less too.
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3. You Make Mountains Out of Molehills
“Catastrophizing” is giving yourself undue emotional stress. If you get worried the bill collectors are calling every time your phone rings, or that your new haircut just won’t cut it, you’re catastrophizing unimportant details about your life, and overall happiness. Avoid catastrophe: get outside more often, meditate, exercise, or get a good friend to talk about your problems with. You’ll be glad you did. And you’ll conquer that molehill.
4. You Have A Messy Office
When things are all over the place, it feels like your entire life is all over the place. Clean, tidy, straighten – whatever you want to call it just make sure you do it. Before you leave your work, leave your desk clean. It will bring closure to the end of your day, and help you start your next one.
5. You Have A Glass Of Wine (Or Two) Before Bed
Speaking of bringing closure to your day, you probably think that nightcap is a good idea. In fact, bedtime boozing will make you wake up. Even though alcohol initially depresses your nervous system, it creates a rebound effect when metabolized, giving you an abrupt surge of adrenaline. Having a glass or two is alright, but cut it off 3-4 hours before bed.
Also, stop checking your emails in bed! The backlit screens mess with our ability to produce melatonin, a natural sleep regulating hormone.
6. You Rely On Caffeine
A cup of coffee isn’t the worst for you. Heck, it’s not even bad for you. But abusing caffeine negatively alters your body’s ability to sleep. It blocks adenosine, a byproduct of active cells that helps you fall asleep. Cutting off caffeine consumption six hours before bedtime greatly improves your ability to fall asleep, and sleep well.
7. You Stay Up Late On Weekends
Calling all Weekend Warriors. Stop it! Sleep is a schedule and works on routine. One late night (say, Friday) can disrupt your sleep schedule enough, but when it’s two late nights (oh, I don’t know, say Friday AND Saturday) it messes with your wake schedule. If you sleep-in to the late-morning or early-afternoon on Sunday, what do you think your body expects on Monday morning? I don’t need to tell you that your body won’t be happy with you.
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