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6 Reasons Why You’re Always Tired

Mark Neumann

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Today’s busier lifestyles, characterized by longer working hours, growing social commitments, greater use of social media, and more, can cause you to constantly lack the energy to carry out everyday tasks. Take a look at the following causes of low energy to find out if one of these may be the reason why you’re always so tired.

1. A Sedentary Life

Living a lifestyle where you barely move around and exercise, such as sitting in the office all day or finding entertainment just by sitting around, conditions your body to get used to that lack of movement. It also deconditions the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems of the body. Exercising for at least 30 minutes a day can greatly increase your energy.

2. Poor Nutrition

If your schedule is consumed by work or other obligations, you might be tempted to skip on healthier choices in favor of fast food and carb-rich foods. Maintaining a diet full of too many carbohydrates and sugar will cause your blood sugar levels to increase and then fall sharply, leading to “sugar crashes.” Consuming fewer than 1,200 calories a day creates a lack of energy in the body, leading to constant exhaustion. Consuming the right amount of carbs and calories can go a long way toward preventing low energy. Visit www.drmarkneumann.com/nutrition-counseling for information on MSN Healthcare’s nutrition counseling service.

3. Adrenal Fatigue

The most common symptom of adrenal fatigue is an unrelenting feeling of extreme tiredness. This persists even when you get eight or more hours of sleep every night and is the result of lower than normal levels of cortisol, adrenaline, and norepinephrine. You may lack the energy to do well at work or keep up with responsibilities at home or in the community. It feels like you can't get through the day without at least one nap. This has a major impact on your life, especially if you are normally ambitious and physically active.

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4. Drugs and Alcohol

The consumption of drugs and alcohol can create numerous chemical imbalances that impact your body. Some of these changes can disrupt your sleeping patterns and lead to daytime exhaustion. Reducing or stopping the consumption of these substances can help you keep your sleeping schedule under control.

5. Poor Sleeping Habits

The lack of adequate sleep leads to constant low energy levels. The body needs at least seven hours to go through all five stages of sleep necessary to keep the body at an optimal level. Sleeping during the day instead of night can also disrupt your body’s circadian rhythms, causing exhaustion. A structured, uninterrupted sleeping schedule can prevent these issues.

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6. Stress

Although some controlled levels of stress are normal, and sometimes even necessary, constant stress can wear down your body and lead to low energy. Specifically, the body’s stress system responds to an overwhelming amount of stress through the excessive production of hormones related to stress, such as cortisol and the adrenal glands. The lack of regulation of these hormones leads to constant exhaustion. Mindful thinking and meditation can help you manage your stress levels and boost your energy levels.

Chronic fatigue affects every area of your life. Contact MSN Healthcare today about balancing your hormones with natural replacements so you can have the energy you need to thrive, not just survive.