We all feel tired, often because of a busy lifestyle at home or work. If our energy levels are low on a regular basis, then we need to make changes to our life, such as improving our eating and sleeping habits. However, medical conditions can also be a factor so it is always worth seeking advice from your doctor if you have particular concerns.

These are just some of the reasons you may be feeling excessively tired.

Bad lifestyle choices

It is important to eat healthily, for body and mind. Foods such as fish, eggs, and meat are important ways to get the nutrients we need. However, it is better to eat regularly throughout the day, every three to four hours, rather than have large meals at less regular intervals. If you are prone to snacking throughout the day, avoid junk food as this will mentally and physically drain you. Instead, fruit and nuts are a healthy way to stay focused as you go about your day.

Avoid caffeine and energy drinks. They may give you energy in the short term, but after a couple of hours, your body will crash, bringing about fatigue. Instead, drinking water is the natural way to keeping your energy levels high and keeping you hydrated.

A good way to enhance your energy is to exercise regularly. Whether you are at home or work, a good walk will do you good. It will keep your weight level down, is good for your heart, and will boost your mood level. Pace yourself, so you don’t over-exert yourself, and go steady within the first few days and weeks. If you use public transport to work, get off a couple of stops early and walk the rest of the way.

Remember to rest well. The experts say 7-9 hours of sleep is needed to prepare us for the day ahead. Many people drink a glass of wine before going to bed. Alcohol may make you drowsy, but it won’t give you a deep sleep. Going for a walk before bedtime will guarantee you a more satisfying night’s sleep.

Medical

These are just some examples to explain tiredness. However, always see a medical professional for qualified advice.

Anaemia affects around 1 in 20 of us and is due to iron deficiency. People suffering from anaemia often complain about having weak muscles and excessive fatigue. It also accounts for women with menopause symptoms, so superfoods such as maca, and the right vitamins are a way for getting the iron the body needs.

Chronic fatigue syndrome (or ME) is a debilitating illness that affects the joints and muscles and can also cause memory and concentration problems. There is no cure yet, but your doctor will suggest ways to manage your pain and tiredness levels.

Depression may make the sufferer feel sad, but it also has physical effects, such as no energy and disrupted sleep patterns. Medication is usually prescribed, as well as cognitive counseling.

Anxiety, diabetes and underactive thyroids are also possible reasons for tiredness. Seek help if you think you are affected by of these.