Having quality sleep is ideal because it will result to a happier and more productive you. Here in Singapore, many of us are so busy that we tend to disregard sleep, while are some of us who try their best to sleep with the help of books and chamomile tea but still miss their required zzzs. Needless to say, not getting enough sleep means poorer daytime performance.
In some cases, there are times that we have enough sleep but we still feel tired during the day. Exhaustion is not only caused by lack of sleep. We have to know that there are many possible reasons why we are constantly tired. Here are some reasons that cause daytime sleepiness:
- Dehydration: We often underestimate the importance of water. But the thing is water plays a vital role in balancing our system. It serves as our “transportation system” in distributing nutrients throughout the body, as well as regulate blood volume. Make sure to drink at least eight glasses of water a day to avoid dehydration.
- Lack of Exercise: We all know the importance of exercise – it keeps us healthy and fit. However, between sweating and lounging in front of the television, few will prefer exercise. After our work hours, it is difficult to put ourselves on the treadmill for even thirty minutes.
We should be aware that getting no exercise can actually make us sleepier and feeling more tired. There is a study headed by the University of Georgia that found out that twenty minutes of exercise at least thrice a week can already give our body the energy to last throughout the day.
- Skipping Breakfast: It is true that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. After the night, our body needs to refuel or replenish so it can reboot. If we fail to eat the nutrients first thing in the morning, we will start feeling sleepy in the middle of the day.
- Burnt Out: Some of us follow the “you only live once” philosophy, and so we do everything we can – and burn ourselves out in the process. If you spend your whole day working and your whole night partying, sooner or later, you’re going to exhaust yourself. We have to be specific when it comes to sleep, work and party/socialize. Experts advise at least eight hours of sleep every day.
- High Sugar Diet: What we eat defines our body. If we load up tons of sweet treats and junk to our body, our health will surely suffer. Notice that after eating sweets, we usually feel lethargic. The best thing to do is avoid high-salt foods and eat more vegetable.