Updated 29 March 2016

Exhausted? Here are 5 reasons why

Lost your mojo? Here are 5 surprising energy drainers, plus the easy fixes that will help put the pep back in your step!


Getting more shut-eye at night may seem like the obvious solution to daytime fatigue, but did you know that there are plenty of other – easily treated - causes too?

Here are some of those ‘who-would’ve-thought’ reasons why you could be feeling so worn-out: 

1.    You’re parched

Lethargic much? You may be thirsty! When we’re dehydrated, our bodies conserve energy by slowing down blood circulation to protect itself. This deprives our muscles of oxygen and is the reason why you sometimes feel a little drowsy.

The Fix: Keep a glass or bottle of water with you to sip on at all times. The common rule is 8 glasses throughout the day, but if you’re active, don’t be shy to up the quotient.

2.     Your room isn’t dark enough

Bedside lamp on? Switch it off! Complete darkness is vital if you want to achieve the best night’s rest.

The Fix: Make sure that your blinds and curtains are closed and that no bright lights are streaming in from your window.

3.    Your posture is poor

Slouch at your desk all day? Sit up! According to experts, when our bodies are not properly supported, it causes our muscles and ligaments to work twice as hard, making us feel more tired than we should.

The Fix: Roll your shoulders back and bam, your alignment is in check! Now, practice this posture regularly and you’ll not only feel less heavy-eyed, but you’ll be strengthening your back muscles too. Loves it!

4.    You’re drinking too much coffee

Sure, it perks you up first thing in the morning, but knock back one too many espressos and it can boomerang, making you feel even more exhausted.

The Fix: Limit the amount of caffeinated drinks you consume during the day. If you’re in need of an instant pick-me-up energy boost, opt for a power snack like peanuts and raisins instead.

5.    Your food’s wrong

Low on fuel? Either you’re eating very little or your food choices are all out of whack.

The Fix: Eat a healthy, balanced diet to keep your blood sugar level in check and your mind in the game. Make sure that every meal includes protein and complex carbs for sustained voomah throughout the day.

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