WHY AM I SO TIRED?
If you’re struggling to get out of bed — or feel like a nap at 3pm — it’s time to boost your energy levels! Our dietitians show you how.
If you’re struggling to get out of bed, or feel like a 3pm nap, it’s time you boosted your energy. Our dietitians show you the way
Ever feel as if you are running on empty and wish that you had more energy? You’re not alone! Each year 1.5 million Aussies see their doctor about fatigue. But while it’s not too unusual to feel a bit tired and run-down sometimes, particularly when going through stressful times, ongoing extreme tiredness is not normal or healthy.
Low energy levels can be directly related to what you’re eating and drinking, how much quality sleep you are (or are not) getting and the amount of rest you take. When life becomes busy, it’s all too easy to grab unhealthy food and drinks on the run — and it can be difficult to unwind and to find time to switch off. All of this can wreak havoc with your energy levels.
No quick fix
If you’re feeling tired and need a boost, you might find yourself reaching for energy drinks or sugary snacks. A fourth or fifth coffee to get through the afternoon slump is also the norm for many people.
The problem is, these quick-fix solutions can end up being part of the problem, fuelling the cycle of fatigue and leading to other issues such as weight gain.
It’s best to look at the causes of low energy rather than just masking them by having another cup of coffee. Here are some factors to consider: Medical causes
• Unrelenting exhaustion might be a sign of an underlying illness (see box on page 25) Lifestyle-related causes
• Excess caffeine or alcohol intake, a poor diet or lack of regular exercise can lead you to experience low energy levels. Work-related causes
• Workplace stress is recognised as a leading cause of fatigue. Emotional stress
• Fatigue can be a common symptom for people who are coping with mental health problems like depression and grief.