Have you experienced feeling really tired early in the morning? Have you experienced feeling so sleepy while taking a ride to work that you could barely keep your eyes open, even after getting enough sleep last night and a cold shower in the morning?
Lack of sleep and doing strenuous activities are not the only reasons why your body feels tired. The things you do, the things you don’t do and some physical conditions might be the cause of your unexplained sleepiness and tiredness.
Check out these nine eye-opening reasons why you cannot keep your eyes open:
1. You Avoid Exercise When Tired
When you are tired nothing seems more tempting than to slouch on the couch or hit the bed.
However, experts say skipping exercise when tired won’t save you energy for later, but instead will make you feel more sluggish.
In one study from the University of Georgia, physically inactive yet healthy adults experienced less fatigue and were more energized after doing light exercises for 20 minutes each day over the course of six weeks. Other studies show that regular exercise increases energy while decreasing fatigue.
2. You Don’t Drink Enough Water
A lot of people find it difficult to increase water intake to replace used and lost fluid.
As a result, they often end up dehydrated. Even as little as a two percent loss of normal fluid can lead to significant loss of energy.
When you are dehydrated, your blood volume decreases, making your blood thicker. Your heart slows down when pumping blood,which can affect the supply of oxygen and nutrients throughout your body making you feel tired and less energetic.
To prevent dehydration, always make sure your body gets enough water. Eight glasses will do, but to be more accurate, your normal daily fluid needs depend on your body weight. Get your weight in pounds, divide it in half, and the answer would be the amount of water you need to drink in ounces each day.
3. You Lack Iron In Your Body
Your body needs the mineral, iron, to produce hemoglobin, a protein in the blood,which carries oxygen throughout your body.
When there is not enough oxygen, your muscles and tissues won’t function properly, thus making you feel tired and weak.
Iron deficiency not only causes tiredness, but it can lead to other health conditions. To prevent iron deficiency, load up your diet with iron-rich foods such as lean beef, eggs, dark green leafy vegetables, nuts and beans. To increase iron absorption from foods, pair it with vitamin C-rich foods.
While iron deficiency may lead to other health problems, health conditions may also be the cause of iron deficiency. If you are persistently experiencing fatigue due to lack of iron, check with your doctor.
4. You Eat Too Much Junk Food
While your body needs carbohydrates as a source of fuel for energy necessary for body functions, too much can make you feel exhausted.
Consuming too much of what you call simple carbohydrates can cause sudden sugar spikes then sudden sugar drops making you feel fatigued.
Processed foods are the number one source of simple carbohydrates, and even some fruits have them that is why you need to limit your intake. If you are binging on junk food high, don’t be surprised if you’re feeling tired after.
5. You Drink Coffee To Stay Awake
A cup of coffee becomes your instant best buddy during lid-dropping hours yet you still have to finish something.
It contains caffeine that may help you stay for another two or more hours. However, abusing caffeine may affect your sleep cycle.
Drinking coffee at night may make it hard for sleep to come by. You’ll stay awake at night then feel too tired and sleepy during the day. Experts say you can benefit from drinking coffee since it is high in antioxidants, but not more than three cups a day and only until mid-afternoon.
6. You Stay Up Late On Weekends
How many times have you been guilty of staying up late during weekends for a movie marathon or night out with friends? Weekend nights mean no work the morning after, so you have the license to stay out as late if you like.
Partying until morning on a Saturday night, sleeping until Sunday morning or noon can make it difficult for you to sleep during normal hours on Sunday night,
resulting in a sluggish Monday morning.If you can’t help staying up late, wake up early the next morning, then take a half-hour nap later on.
7. You Are Vitamin B12 Deficient
Another nutrient deficiency that can cause fatigue is vitamin B12 deficiency. Vitamin B12 is necessary for producing red blood cells, and the lack of it can affect oxygen distribution through our body making you feel exhausted. If fatigue comes with other signs such as numbness, tingling sensations and forgetfulness then vitamin B12 might be responsible for it.
If you are vitamin B12 deficient, you will need to take supplements. You can also increase your vitamin B12 by eating meat products.
8. You Have Chronic Stress
When you’re stressed, your body releases cortisol, a hormone that normally peaks in the morning then drops at night.
If you are stressed the entire day, cortisol levels cannot return to normal, making it hard for you to fall asleep or have undisturbed sleep.
As a result, you can barely keep your eyes open during the day. You cannot avoid stress, but you can change the way you react to it.
9. You Have Un diagnosed Heart Disease
Heart disease is often characterized by blocked arteries,which can limit blood flow throughout your body. Less blood flow means less oxygen,which can make you feel weak and tired. In a study published in the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, about 50 percent of women who suffered heart attacks experienced tiredness and sleeplessness weeks earlier.
If you experience chest pains or chest heaviness, trouble focusing, shortness of breath together with the symptoms mentioned above, check with your doctor.
There are times when you just feel so tired that you can barely keep your eyes open. After an eight-hour night’s sleep, you may wonder how this could happen. These nine reasons will open your eyes to why you often can’t stay awake during the day.