It seems like once we hit adulthood, between working, parenting, and other activities, there’s not much energy left. Many adults feel as if they’re always tired, and chug coffee by the bucketful to stay awake throughout the day. But what happens if this feeling is never-ending? You’ve got to take action.

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Here are some of the reasons you might be feeling tired all the time, and how to help!

Energy Drinks

Remember those bucketsful of coffee we mentioned? While they do a great job of getting your motor running in the morning, drinking coffee and other energy drinks throughout the day is likely going to keep you up all night. Stimulants can trigger the fight-or-flight effect in your system, priming you for action that you’re likely not going to take. When you’re feeling the stress response throughout the day, it means you’re releasing blood sugar into the system and possibly gaining weight or causing other health issues. A bit of coffee or tea in moderation is just fine, but after noon, it’s time to turn to other ways to perk up. Try water or an herbal tea that’s stimulant-free.

External Lights

Good sleep hygiene (yes, that’s a thing!) is crucial to getting enough ZZZs. Even a small sliver of light between curtains, or the light from your LED alarm clock can be enough to interrupt your sleep patterns. If you don’t feel comfortable wearing a sleep mask at night, you’ll want to take other actions. Tilt your alarm clock or phone so that it’s not facing you, and invest in blackout curtains for your bedroom. These small changes can go a long way toward getting your beauty rest the right way.

Stress

We all have some level of stress, and it’s a part of life. However, if you’re not taking steps to treat your stress, it’s likely that the cause of your stress is making it difficult to fall asleep at night (who doesn’t love those nights where something silly you did six years ago comes back to haunt you?). Some great ways to treat your stress include counseling, yoga, martial arts, exercise, mindfulness meditation, and hobbies. Sometimes you’ll have to try a few things before you know what works. The National Institute of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health has a great guide to get you started here: https://nccih.nih.gov/health/stress

An Underlying Condition

If, after trying some of the methods above, you find that you’re not getting your energy back, it’s time to make an appointment with your doctor or nurse practitioner. They can do a workup and determine if there is an underlying condition that’s causing your fatigue, then work with you to determine a course of action.

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