Lacking energy can not just make you feel sluggish and lazy but it can send your emotions all over the place. You get nothing done then make yourself feel bad about it. There are several reasons why you feel that you are lacking in energy so let’s explain.
Are you not getting enough sleep?
Throughout your life sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being. Getting enough good-quality sleep can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life and relationships. Sleep also plays an essential role in maintaining energy levels, with one of its proposed main functions being to preserve energy. Energy expenditure (EE) is hypothesized to be lower during sleep versus wakefulness to reduce total daily energy needs. In fact, studies show an estimated reduction of 7% to 69% among different mammalian species when comparing sleeping metabolic rate to wakefulness!
- Try having a warm bath before bed.
- Try a cup of camomile tea or a cup of hot milk.
- Get into bed an hour or two earlier!
- Switch off all distractions e.g. TV, social media, instead swap these for a book.
Are you not eating enough?
Food is our body’s fuel. Therefore, not eating enough can result in a lack of energy and fatigue. All the cells in your body runoff glucose the simplest form of carbohydrate. If you don’t eat enough or you leave it too long between meals, your glucose levels will become too low. This will result in your cells not being able to function properly and you’ll begin to feel rundown. You’ll probably be unable to concentrate too, as your brain cells use twice as much energy as other cells.
- Make sure you eat three balanced meals a day.
- Leave 4-6 hours between each meal.
- Snack on fruit or nuts if you are hungry between meals.
- Include some carbohydrates with every meal (stick to wholegrains and remember there are other sources of carbohydrate including vegetables)
Are you eating too much sugar?
Today sugar is abundant in our diet, with several types of sugar derived from various sources. The over consumption of sugar has led to an increase in the occurrence of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dementia, and tooth decay. Although the consumption of sugar appears to initially raise energy levels in proportion to the amount consumed, large enough amounts can result in a burst of energy known as a sugar high that ends in a sharp drop in energy levels, termed a “crash.”
- Don’t skip breakfast.
- Avoid refined sugars (found in sweets, chocolate, cake etc)
- Choose natural sugars, but avoid eating too much!
- Stick to mostly drinking water.
- Cook from scratch.
Is your body lacking essential minerals?
Minerals and trace elements play a vital role in energy production. The transformation of dietary energy sources such as carbohydrates, fats and proteins, into cellular energy in the form of ATP requires several minerals and trace elements as coenzymes and cofactors of enzymatic reactions. Furthermore, minerals and trace elements are important for energy production as they form structural components of enzymes and mitochondrial cytochromes, and act as active electron and proton carriers in the ATP-generating respiratory chain. Therefore, insufficient intake of minerals and trace elements can impair energy production resulting in symptoms of tiredness and lack of energy.
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Are you feeling stressed?
Stress can affect all aspects of your life, including your emotions, behaviour, thinking ability, and physical health. No part of the body is immune, but, because people handle stress differently, symptoms of stress can vary. One physical symptom of stress is low energy levels, as the stress response mobilizes the body’s energy stores in order to respond to a threatening situation.
- Try adding some gentle exercise into your daily routine.
- Be kind to yourself and make sure you do something you enjoy each day.
- Put an hour aside each day to relax e.g. watch favourite TV programme, read a book, take a bath.
- Focus on the positives of each day rather than any negatives.
Simple changes in your lifestyle can make a big change to your life. Try our tips to increase your energy levels and let us know how you get on!