Work, sleep, eat...REPEAT.
If only life were that simple.
Yeah...we know the feeling.
Our list is more like wake up after 4-6 hours of sleep, shower, try to eat a healthy breakfast, drive in traffic, get to work and attempt to be mindful and focused for 8 hours, then it’s quitting time and let’s be honest after a long day who even has time for the gym? So you go home, make dinner, do whatever else is on your to-do list, maybe sneak an episode or two of your favorite show on Netflix and by that time it’s already 11 p.m. and you realize you’ll only have a few hours of decent sleep before your next busy day and REPEAT.
Phew- that was even exhausting to write!
Let’s take a step back and dive in on the average American lifestyle and see if any daily habits could actually be causing you to feel even more tired than usual.
Take a look at our top 8 reasons why you’re always tired (see list below).
1. Not getting enough sleep.
The average adult should be getting about 8 hours of sleep every night in order to feel rested and ready for the day the following morning. Unfortunately American adults don’t get that much sleep, which then leads to inadequate sleep which leaves less time for your body to recover overnight. What do we mean by that? Well, every night while you sleep your body stores memory and releases hormones that regulate your metabolism and energy levels. So without sleeping 7-8 hours a night your body has less time to recharge, causing you to feel even more tired the following day.
Tip: Try sleeping at the same time every night, including weekends, your body’s clock will adjust and you will then gain more adequate and restful sleep leading to feel completely refreshed and less tired throughout the day.
2. Not eating enough (calorie-wise).
Ever heard the phrase “food is fuel”? That’s exactly what we mean. When your body is lacking calories it is unable to function properly. When you don’t eat enough calories, your body’s metabolism slows down in order to conserve energy which could potentially be the reason as to why you’re feeling even more tired than usual. On average an adult should consume at a bare minimum 1,200 calories a day. However, everybody is different and the amount of calories that you consume a day should depend on your age, height and weight as well as other factors.
Tip: Talk with your physician or a dietitian to see if you’re consuming enough calories according to your body’s needs.
3. Weird sleep patterns.
Ever wake up and feel like you got zero rest? Could it be that you stayed up a little past your bedtime over the weekend so come Monday morning you feel like a train ran you over? We know exactly how you feel! Unfortunately, sleeping at different times on different days of the week causes your body time clock to go off track which then confuses your body and staying up later means you might end up getting less deep sleep. There are four stages that you go through during your sleep cycle, one of which consists of deep sleep. During the deep sleep stage the body repairs and regrows tissues, builds bone and muscle, and strengthens the immune system. According to sleep scientists, the average healthy adult gets roughly one to two hours of deep sleep per eight hours of nightly sleep. So you can see why creating healthy sleep patterns is important.
Tip: Try to get as much restful sleep as possible and if you don’t feel well rested, you probably didn’t get enough deep sleep. Developing a bedtime routine can help wind your body down for some restful sleep.
4. Living an inactive lifestyle.
Exercise gives you endorphins and endorphins make you happy! Yes- for those of us who despite the gym, unfortunately living a somewhat active lifestyle can actually affect your energy levels as well. You would think that working out makes you tired so you’re going to feel even more tired but it’s actually quite the opposite. Of course a workout will be exhausting at times, but in the long run your body actually reacts better to an active lifestyle than a sedentary lifestyle. Research has shown that exercising can actually reduce fatigue among healthy people and those with other illnesses.
Tip: Get moving! Even if you simply take the stairs instead of the elevator that will get your heart pumping and create better blood and oxygen flow throughout your body!
5. Stress may be getting the best of you.
Oh stress! Don’t we all at some point in our lives think that our lives are over because of a certain stressful situation? Yeah- that’s adulthood! Unfortunately chronic stress in your daily life can negatively affect your energy levels. Aside from simply being stressed, your personal response to stress can also affect how tired you feel. Thinking negatively can enhance stress and enhance your fatigue. Leaving you feeling stressed and exhausted which leads to less restful sleep and an unhappy person in the a.m.
Tip: Meditate or do something that you like that will get your mind off the stress. A healthy mind can do wonders to your energy levels!
6. Too much refined carbs and processed sugar in your diet.
Sure donuts and coffee taste great, but do you ever feel a crash a few minutes or hours afterwards? Exactly! Let’s talk about the sugar crash! When you consume sugar and carbs, it causes a rapid increase in your blood sugar levels. Giving you the spike of instant energy, but later crashing because your body absorbed it way too quickly! A study showed that although energy drinks (filled with caffeine and sugar) led to rapid alertness and improved mood for several hours after consumption, excessive sleepiness often occurred the following day.
Tip: Ditch the quick energy boosters and eat whole foods that naturally increase your body’s energy levels because nothing is as healthy as plants!
7. Not drinking enough H2O.
Ever feel really exhausted and have chapped lips at the same time? That means it’s time to HYDRATE! Did you know that chapped lips is your body’s way of telling you that it’s thirsty for some H2O? Our bodies are made up of over 60 percent water, so it’s definitely important to stay hydrated! Keep those organs running smoothly so they can properly digest your food to convert it into energy.
Tip: Take a HydroFlask or any reusable water bottle with you every day, everywhere you go. Trust us- if you have it on hand, you’re more likely to sip on your water frequently throughout the day.
8. Iron deficiency.
Not getting enough of the proper nutrients can definitely affect your energy levels. One of the most common deficiencies that cause brain fog and fatigue is low iron levels (Anemia). Low iron levels are most commonly found in women (because of heavy menstrual periods and other factors).
Tip: Load up on beets as they are a great source of iron, beans and legumes are also a great source of iron and last but not least try taking an iron supplement to help boost your iron intake. More iron in your system creates better oxygen and blood flow throughout your body leaving you with optimal energy! Consult your physician if you are in need of an iron supplement.
Overall, there can be many factors that could be leading to your fatigue. As always, we recommend that you check with your physician to see if there may be an underlying reason as to why you’re so tired all the time. If everything turns out normal, it could just be your daily habits that may cause you to feel so exhausted every single day.
We know that the easy energy booster is a cup of coffee (or two) or an energy drink, but if you’re looking for a more sustainable source of natural energy that will actually benefit your health in the long run- then try drinking beet juice!
Beets are high in Nitrates. Nitrates provide our bodies with natural long-lasting energy. It can also enhance your cardiovascular health and overall exercise performance. How? Well our bodies convert nitrates into nitric oxide, which in turn causes your blood vessels to expand- allowing more oxygen to run through your system and giving you a better performance during a physical activity. Ever wondered why most pre-workouts give you a “pump”? It’s because it contains nitric oxide. However, in terms of beets, the nitric oxide comes naturally.
That’s why we recommend Revive Beets + Roots! Revive Beets + Roots contains beets which give you natural energy without any jitters! It also contains amazing antioxidants from superfoods like turmeric, carrots, kale and lemon. You can also enjoy an immunity boost from ingredients like ginger and rhodiola. This superfood blend is great for your heart, liver, skin and best of all- your daily energy!
Since it is proven that beets can help naturally increase your energy levels, is it possible to use it as pre-workout? Yes! Learn more about why Revive Beets + Roots is a better alternative than your typical highly-processed synthetic pre-workout here.
Don’t like pre-workouts but you enjoy a cup of coffee or two everyday? Learn how you can naturally reduce your coffee intake without getting that typical caffeine crash here.
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