Fatigue is a very common complaint many people suffer from. From not being able to get up and moving in the morning without a cup of coffee to mid-afternoon drowsiness fatigue is everywhere and affects just about everyone at one time or another.
So why is everyone so tired? When you were a kid you popped out of bed full of energy and ready to attack the day with endless enthusiasm. Where did that energy go? More importantly what caused it to disappear and can we get it back? Fortunately the answer is YES!
For most people the cause of fatigue is a series of lifestyle changes that steadily come on over the years. Think way back to when you were a little kid. What did you do all day? What kind of things did you not do then that you do now? Here’s my quick list…
When I was a kid I
Exercised everyday- I played sports, played outside, rode my bike everywhere, lived at the YMCA during the summer… in short I was moving a lot, every single day of the year.
Went to bed on time- I didn’t really have a choice on this one. I mean I would have loved staying up all night playing Nintendo and watching late night TV but up until high school or so it just wasn’t happening. My parents saw to that.
Drank no caffeine- Maybe if I was lucky I got some coke or mountain dew here and there but by and large caffeine was not happening… ever. No coffee, espresso, red bull, no nothing.
So this leads us to what happened since then. Most of us stop exercising daily if at all. This is a big problem since our bodies create energy based on need. No input of regular physical activity, no need for physical energy. You literally need to exercise to let your body know you need more energy.
Sleep is also critical. Sleep is when we do most of our regenerating and regulating our hormones and other bodily processes. Skipping sleep is literally guaranteeing yourself you will not have enough energy.
And lastly most of us start drinking some sort of caffeinated beverage regularly. This is problematic because of several reasons but most important is that caffeine stimulates our bodies to release cortisol which makes us feel more awake. However this is normally for emergency situations so to your body drinking caffeine is like crying wolf when there is no actual danger. This stress accumulates over time and damages our physical health and our ability to sleep.
So in a nutshell if you are tired of being tired and want some real energy the time is now to start evaluating how your living because the key to real energy and vitality is in how you go about you day to day life. Making a few small changes can have a big impact.
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