Are you often exhausted by lunch time? Do your co-workers, friends, and family frequently comment about how tired you look? Before you start to blame your kids, partner, or cat for your daytime sleepiness, take a look at your morning routine. If you often feel tired long before the day is over, you may be contributing to the problem. Here are some bad morning habits that might be making you tired.
1. Skipping breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Make sure to eat a full, healthy breakfast so you’re not ready to topple over during your morning meeting. Dr. Mark Flannery, a nutritionist and chiropractor, says skipping meals could result in blood sugar disorders, obesity, and reduced mental functioning.
“Breakfast is the easiest meal to skip — mornings are rushed and many people don’t have an appetite when they wake up. Some people even feel nauseous in the morning (which indicates a blood sugar disorder). But if you skip breakfast you may be sabotaging your weight loss efforts, increasing your risk of obesity and blood sugar disorders, and robbing your brain of energy,” said Flannery.
2. Not drinking enough water
Instead of grabbing a cup of coffee a soon as you enter your kitchen, have a cup of water first. Even when you sleep, your body tends to lose a bit of water simply through breathing. If you tend to sweat while you sleep, you’re also losing some water through your sweat.
Even if you’re only mildly dehydrated, you can still become easily fatigued, so drink up. Researchers at Tufts University found that mild dehydration was enough of a problem to cause impaired thinking, negative mood, and fatigue.
3. Furiously answering emails and phone calls on your way to work
While it’s sometimes necessary to send a few early-morning messages or take an important call, you don’t need to be plugged in all the time. Spend your commute reading a good book or meditating. You’ll feel more refreshed and energized when you put down the technology for a moment and just experience your surroundings.
Adalius Thomas, coach and former linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, told The Cheat Sheet that overdoing technology can sap the relaxation out of your day. “I do a lot of things to relax, whether it’s exercising or reading a book. I would also suggest putting down the phone. It’s hard to relax when you’re on the phone or looking at technology. You have to be comfortable with silence and just not doing anything,” said Thomas.
A final note: If you’ve been practicing excellent morning habits, but you’re still exhausted each morning, you may have an underlying medical issue that is contributing to your feelings of sleepiness. Some possible medical reasons for always feeling tired are depression, kidney disease, Parkinson’s, and thyroid disease. Make sure to get a thorough evaluation by your primary care doctor so that you can make sure you’re doing everything you can to care for your body.
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