Your Eating Habits Could Be Making You Tired

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Do you feel fatigued and just drowsy for most of the day? Lack of sleep isn’t the only thing sapping your energy. Little things you do (and don’t do) can exhaust you both mentally and physically, which can often make getting through the day a chore. Maintaining a healthy diet has many implications on your overall health, including quality of sleep, and sustained energy levels throughout the day.

Did you know that feelings of tiredness can be linked to underlying conditions, or struggles with psychological problems, such as anxiety and depression? Sure, getting a good night’s rest can sometimes be nearly impossible, depending on the circumstances, but you have to try your best. Taking control where you can, such as modifying your diet to be healthier, is a great step in the right direction.

So, ever wonder why you are exhausted by 3:00 p.m. every day? Sleep medicine specialists say that certain foods are big energy sappers, and your favorite breakfast, lunch, or snack foods may be to blame for your energy levels taking a nose dive in the afternoon. In addition, eating too much can contribute to obesity, which has a significant impact on our energy levels and feelings of tiredness.  But, even when we aren’t overweight, the foods we eat can leave us feeling sluggish and worn out.

What you eat and how you sleep go hand in hand. Certain foods and beverages will perk you up (hello, coffee!), while others will send you scrambling to find the nearest nap spot. And it’s not just huge meals, fast food grub, and junk food that can make you feel groggy, as some healthy foods can also make you drowsy. If you’ve been feeling exceptionally tired after meals lately, you may want to consider limiting the following foods during the day:

In order to avoid feeling tired and fatigued later on in the day, there are eating habits that contribute to tiredness that can be avoided. These include:

1. Skipping meals:  Sometimes we’re too busy to eat, particularly breakfast in the morning, which is the most important meal of the day. Also, when people are trying to lose weight they tend to skip meals to reduce calories. However, research shows that eating meals throughout the day at regular intervals improves concentration and alertness.

2. Missing a food group:  According to the American Dietetic Association, our bodies require a mix of foods to receive the energy it needs to function properly. Needs differ for people of all ages and other factors, but each of us requires carbohydrates (the primary fuel for sports and exercise), healthy fats for long-term energy, and protein and dairy to aid improving our immune system.

3. Not eating enough fruits and vegetables: We are constantly told to make sure and eat enough fruits and vegetables. Although, eating these food groups can be easy to skip, since they are often not central to fast food or restaurant menus, require time and effort to prepare, and don’t have the addictive qualities of fats and carbohydrates.

If you’re chronically tired, unmotivated or having difficulty concentrating, ruling out medical causes and considering contributing psychological conditions and stressful situations is important.  However, don’t forget that our health and energy stem from the foods we use to power our bodies.

To find out if your tiredness is attributed to a sleep disorder or another underlying cause, call Northwest Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine at 8154777350, or request an appointment online.

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