|Boost energy. This video is on why am I always tired, how to get more energy, stop feeling tired and increase energy.
So you’re lacking energy and feeling tired, I get it! The good news is that in this weeks video I’m going to teach you how to keep those energy levels up with some useful tips. I really hope my tips help you and always remember you’re awesome!
WHY AM I ALWAYS TIRED:
Feeling exhausted is so common that it has its own acronym, TATT, which stands for "tired all the time".
But tiredness or exhaustion that goes on for a long time is not normal. It can affect your ability to get on and enjoy your life. Unexplained tiredness is one of the most common reasons for people to see their GP.
PHYSICAL CAUSES OF TIREDNESS:
There are several health conditions that can make you feel tired or exhausted.
• Underactive thyroid
• Sleep apnoea
Tiredness can also be the result of:
• Pregnancy – particularly in the first 12 weeks
• Being overweight or obese – your body has to work harder to do everyday activities
• Being underweight – poor muscle strength can make you tire more easily
• Cancer treatments, such as radiotherapy and chemotherapy
• Carbon monoxide poisoning – especially if your gas boiler has not been serviced regularly
• Side effects of medicines and some herbal remedies
If you have been feeling constantly tired for more than 4 weeks, it’s a good idea to see your GP so they can confirm or rule out a medical condition that could be causing your tiredness.
To find out more about medical causes of tiredness: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/sleep-and-tiredness/10-medical-reasons-for-feeling-tired/
LIFESTYLE CAUSES OF TIREDNESS:
In today’s 24/7 "always on" world, we often try to cram too much into our daily lives.
And to try to stay on top of things, we sometimes consume too much alcohol or caffeine, or eat sugary and high-fat snacks on the go rather than sitting down for a proper meal.
The main lifestyle causes of tiredness include:
Healthy and Balance Diet
Keep up your energy levels by following a healthy, balanced diet.
The Eat well Guide by the NHS shows the different types of food and drink we should consume. To find out more information: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/sleep-and-tiredness/the-energy-diet/
Drinking too much interferes with the quality of your sleep. Stick to the guidelines of no more than 14 units a week for both men and women.
Too much or too little exercise can affect how tired you feel. For more information on how much exercise and tips: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/exercise-health-benefits/
Too much of this stimulant, found in tea, coffee, colas and energy drinks, can upset sleep and make you feel wound-up as well as tired.
Try decaffeinated tea and coffee, or gradually cut out caffeine altogether.
I also made a video not long ago about coffee feel free to watch for more information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEQB-UXOUt4
Night workers often find they get tired more easily. This is more likely if the timing of the shifts keeps changing.
Daytime naps/Enough sleep
If you’re tired, you may nap during the day, which can make it more difficult to get a good night’s sleep. You also need to make sure you get enough sleep depending on your age, I made a video not long ago on how to fall asleep faster with more information on this topic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxvNmOTrohw
HOW TO CUT DOWN SUGAR INTAKE:
Very helpful guide from the NHS: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/how-to-cut-down-on-sugar-in-your-diet/
IRON RICH FOODS:
Here are a few example of iron rich foods,
• Dark-green leafy vegetables, such as watercress and curly kale
• Iron-fortified cereals or bread
• Pulses and beans
• Nuts and seeds
• Meat and fish
• Dried fruit
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This video is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. Abraham The Pharmacist has used all reasonable care in compiling the information but make no warranty as to its accuracy. Always consult a doctor or other healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.