If you’re one of those affected by chronic fatigue, i.e. ploughing through the day with a cloud of sluggishness and lethargy hanging over your head, you should read this carefully.
You might be wondering, why does this happen to me, even though I make sure to get a reasonable amount of sleep for at least seven to eight hours?
Heck, you may even go over the recommended eight hours, but still struggle to rise and shine every morning.
Many people who suffer from persistent fatigue are resigned to being condemned to a lifetime of always being asked by friends and co-workers: “Why do you look so tired today?”
It doesn’t have to be this way.
By asking yourself three questions about your lifestyle patterns and choices – and not just those related to sleep – you will have a better idea on what robs you of the vitality needed to power through daily life like the Energizer bunny.
Am I eating the right food?
Foods that are high in fat, sugar, carbohydrates, and even caffeine, are not ideal for balancing our energy levels.
The effects are temporary, providing you with a short burst of high energy, but every rise comes with an inevitable fall.
Am I getting enough exercise?
Doing light to moderate exercise (running, brisk walking or cycling) at least three to four times a week for 30 minutes can improve heart health, alleviate depression and anxiety, strengthen joint muscles, and perhaps even fight off dementia.
Insomnia studies indicate that light to moderate exercise of around 30 minutes daily not only helps you to fall asleep quicker, but also improves the quality of your nightly sleep.
Am I sleeping the right way?
Determine what time you have to be up in the mornings, then subtract 7.5 hours in order to pinpoint the time you should be tucked under the covers, on your way to dreamland.
In 7.5 hours, the average person cycles through 90-minute sleep intervals five times, alternating between light or non-rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, and deep or REM sleep.
If you are interrupted during a deep sleep phase, chances are you’ll wake up feeling like you’ve hardly slept.
The point of regulating your sleeping and waking up times is so that your body clock becomes so well acclimated to your routine that you will eventually wake up naturally in the mornings, without needing to hear the alarm go off.