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5 Surprising Things that Steal Our Energy

By Sandy Schroeder

Nobody needs to tell you why you are losing energy if you are eating tons of junk food and staying up all night, but what about the rest of the time?  When you are eating healthier and staying fit, you may still feel tired midway through the day. Then there may be some sneaky things happening, according to

When you are thirsty focus fades – When you feel thirsty you are already 1 to 2 percent dehydrated, which impacts your overall performance and your ability to think clearly. Keep a bottle or canister of water on your desk to remind you to stay hydrated. It will also remind you to take timeouts as you take restroom breaks, too.

When you slump you lose energy – Slouching actually takes more energy, in addition to contributing to low morale. Try taking breaks every 30 to 45 minutes to stretch and straighten up. Then when you sit down make sure your head is positioned over your spine and you are sitting straight up with your shoulders and back supported by your chair. When you repeatedly bend forward you are also inviting injury to your whole body, which can lead to leg pain and disability as muscles stiffen and lose strength and flexibility.

Blue lights impact sleep and energy – Artificial blue lights from laptops and phones, plus street lights, reduce the production of melatonin, the sleep promoting hormone. Turn off phones and laptops and install light-blocking drapes to create a sleep haven that helps you get 7 to 9 hours of rest every night. Also, eliminate coffee, alcohol and spicy foods before bedtime, and use white noise air filters to create a clean quiet sleeping area.

Allergies and sinus interrupt sleep – Nasal congestion can wake you up throughout the night, reducing your sleep and your daytime energy. If your sinuses are blocked, use steam in pots or the shower to open them up, and see your doctor for the best allergy treatments to breathe freely.

Loss of connections reduces energy - If you are feeling isolated and cut off from your friends or family, you may not be sleeping as well. Make the effort to stay in touch with your support groups. Arrange coffee, lunches or dinners to get back in touch with people you care about. As your social life comes together, you may find you are resting a lot better.

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

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