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7 Not-So-Obvious Reasons Why You Are Always Tired

By Sandy Schroeder

Tiredness or fatigue can be hard to figure out when you go to bed early but still feel totally wiped out. Cookinglight.com weighs in with some bad habits that can wear you out.

You skip your regular exercise - Regular workouts actually energize the mind and the body. They also lift the mood and burn off calories and nervous energy, helping you drift off to sleep.

You worry about everything - If you catch yourself worrying about things every day, and expecting the worst outcome, it’s time to pause and ask yourself how many of those things that you worried about yesterday actually materialized. Then head outside and enjoy being there walking, biking or just sitting in the sun absorbing the warmth. Practice leaving your worries behind.

Breakfast does not always happen - You know healthy breakfasts provide a lot of energy, but it’s all too easy to skip out the door with a cup of coffee and a bagel. By mid-morning you are ready for lunch and by mid-afternoon you are wiped out. The whole day can be undercut by that bad start in the morning

You could be dehydrated - When the body loses water, the blood thickens and less oxygen and nutrients reach the muscles and organs. To see how much water you should drink, take your weight and divide by two. This is the number of ounces of water to drink daily.

Your body needs more iron - If you feel irritable, weak, and unfocused you may have an iron deficiency. Lean beef, eggs, dark green leafy vegetables, nuts, peanut butter and kidney beans will help. (Note: Iron deficiencies should be discussed with your doctor because they may signal an underlying health problem.)

You use caffeine to power your day - Fresh black coffee is a morning must at my house, but I have to back off of it by early afternoon if I want to sleep well at night. Cut off coffee and all other caffeinated drinks after lunch and see if your sleep improves.

You have wine before bed - A nightcap may seem like a good idea, but you may wake up in the middle of the night after the wine has been metabolized with an adrenaline surge. Stop drinking two to three hours before bedtime to sleep soundly.

You may also be eating too much junk food, demanding too much of yourself at work and at home, or forgetting to declutter your world. All of those things can wear you out too. Start working on fixing the habits and start feeling 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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