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10 Reasons you may be Tired

Maria Palafox, MD

1. You may be depressed: Sad thoughts can slowly sneak in, making you depressed before you even realize it. According to WebMD and others, depression can slowly take over your thoughts before you understand that depression is dominating your perspective. This can disrupt your sleep and add to fatigue.

 2. Sleep apnea: This is a sleep disorder where people wake up frequently during the night because they stop breathing. One sign is heavy snoring. Most people don’t realize their sleep is disrupted, but they are tired all day long. Sleep apnea can also cause high blood pressure, diabetes, depression and headaches.

 3. Skipping breakfast: Breakfast gives your body and brain fuel to start the day; no fuel in the tank and your body and brain will slow down. According to Livescience, about 18 percent of men and 13 percent of women ages 35-54 are breakfast skippers. People who skip breakfast also weigh more than those who don’t. 

4. Glass of wine before bed: It seems relaxing but a glass of wine or a couple of beers actually disrupt your sleep, making you sluggish in the morning. Getting up in the middle of the night to pee doesn’t help, either.

 5. You’re dehydrated: According to WebMD, lack of water intake makes the blood thicker, so your heart has to pump harder, leaving you fatigued. Drink water! 

6. Napping: In 30 minutes you go in to deep sleep, so you wake up feeling groggy and out of it. Napping too late in the day will make it harder for you to fall asleep at bedtime, too. 

7. You’re not taking in enough iron: One of the most common symptoms of iron deficiency is exhaustion, because it is iron that helps the red blood cells carry oxygen. This is definitely more common in women and the elderly. Have some higado encebollado. 

8. You are checking your phone at bedtime: If you are having trouble falling or staying asleep, it may be the light from your phone. The blue light from the phone has been proven to disrupt sleep patterns. According to CNET, the blue light can slow down or stop the production of melatonin by the brain, which is key for sleep. 

9. Caffeine: Have you ever noticed that drinking coffee can sometimes make you more tired? That’s because a lot of it will make you go potty and cause dehydration, which in turn contributes to fatigue.

 10. You don’t exercise enough: Exercise increases energy, improves muscle stamina and boosts endurance. According to the Mayo Clinc, “exercise and physical activity delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy to go about your daily chores.” If you are suffering from lack of energy, consider some of these possible answers. Small changes in your daily life can lead to bigger benefits for your overall health.

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