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Constantly Tired? Try These Tips

By Paul Rothbart

Chronic fatigue is fairly common and can bring productivity to a screeching halt. Constantly feeling tired and dragging through your day makes it difficult, if not impossible, to accomplish anything. It also makes it hard to get exercise, time with family and friends, or even just having fun. If you frequently feel tired, there are ways to boost your energy levels. Here are some tips.

Drop Some Pounds

Being overweight, even by just a few pounds, can have a drastic effect on energy levels. A car carrying a heavy load will burn more gas. The same is true of the human body. Getting down to a healthier weight can make a significant difference in the battle against fatigue. It may be difficult to start an exercise program when you are already tired, but it is well worth the effort. Combine exercise with a healthy diet, and you can shed those extra pounds and be more energetic. 

Get Good Sleep

Getting more sleep may seem obvious but all sleep is not the same. First, many people don't get sufficient hours of sleep. Generally, you need 8-9 hours to be fully refreshed. Staying up later than you need to is not a good idea. It is recommended that you go to bed and awake at the same time each day even on the weekend. A consistent schedule will allow your body to know when it's time to sleep and make it easier to both fall and stay asleep. Taking long naps during the day should be avoided. A brief 20-minute power nap can be helpful sometimes, but longer naps will interfere with nighttime sleep. Setting aside 30 minutes to relax just before bed will also improve sleep. 

Drink More Water

Dehydration contributes to fatigue. Many people don't drink enough water. If you wait until you feel thirsty, you are past the point of needing a drink. It's a good idea to drink at least eight ounces of water several times throughout the day. Drink more on hot, humid days when you are sweating heavily.

Lower Stress Levels

It requires energy to feel stressed. Excess anxiety and worry can cause fatigue. Find ways to lower your stress levels. Many people find meditation or deep-breathing exercises helpful. Working out can also help reduce stress as well as improve your physical fitness. Engaging in an enjoyable hobby, listening to music, and reading can also help you relax and lower stress. Find something that works and practice it regularly.

Feeling fatigued day after day makes it tough to get through your task list. If you are chronically tired, try these tips to boost your energy levels and get back in the game.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Davie, Fla.

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