On average, 73% of adults are reported to be exhausted throughout the day. This leads to an overwhelming amount of the population feeling tired and fatigue throughout the day, affecting their energy levels, physical activity, attention span and everyday activities. Certain triggers have been proven to be the causes of your sleepiness.
Consuming too many refined carbohydrates.
Carbs’ main role in your body is to act as a quick energy. They are broken down and made into glucose, making your blood pressure rise and calling on your pancreas to release insulin to get the sugar out of your bloodstream. This rise and fall will result in what’s known as a “sugar rush” then is followed by a rapid crash making you feel tired.
Living a Sedentary Lifestyle
Inactivity can be the #1 cause of your low energy. Being sedentary can lead to fatigue in healthy people, as well as those with chronic fatigue syndrome or other health problems. Being more active can help boost energy levels.
Not Eating Enough Calories
While losing weight, you’re told to consume fewer calories. This fact is often misinterpreted and people do not consume enough calories. Food is our energy source. Think of your body as a car, you need to constantly have gas in it for it to run. When you eat too few calories, your metabolism slows down in order to conserve energy, potentially causing fatigue.
Not Getting Enough Protein
Consuming protein has been shown to boost your metabolic rate more than carbs or fat do. To keep your metabolism strong and prevent fatigue, aim to consume a high-quality protein source at every meal.
Not Getting Enough Water
Staying hydrated is important for maintaining good energy levels. Being dehydrated can cause low energy levels, fatigue, and poor concentration.
Relying on Energy Drinks
Energy drinks are loaded with caffeine and sugar, this stimulates the short-lived sugar rush high and inevitable crash shortly after. Energy drinks lead to increased alertness and improved mood for hours after consumption but, excessive daytime sleepiness often occurred the following day.