There aren’t many things as satisfying as restful, quality sleep. After a good night’s sleep, you should feel rejuvenated and ready to tackle the day.
If you're experiencing exhaustion, taking a nap once in awhile may help you catch up on missed shut-eye. And sometimes, it’s okay to take an occasional nap even if you sleep well at night.
But if you find yourself napping more than usual, even after a solid night’s sleep, there may be an underlying reason.
If you’re sleeping enough at night but still find yourself yearning for a nap more than just occasionally, bring up your napping habit with your doctor. They can check for health issues that may be causing your sleepiness.
Reasons for Your Exhaustion
There are many reasons why you may be napping frequently.
The thyroid is a gland located in your neck that produces hormones that plays a role in weight management, body temperature, and more. If your thyroid gland is not functioning properly, you may feel more tired than usual.
People who have both underactive and overactive thyroid – also known as hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism – often feel tired. The diagnosis is as easy as a blood test. If you do have a thyroid condition, you can probably treat it with medication.
If you're always tired and don't want to do things you used to enjoy, your exhaustion may be a symptom of depression. While symptoms vary, some reports suggest that 90% of people who have major depressive disorder experience fatigue.
There are various treatments to help depression and minimize your symptoms.
Experiencing Chronic Fatigue?
A primary care provider can evaluate your symptoms and get bloodwork. Find the right one for you.
If you don’t eat a variety of healthy foods, you may not be getting the vitamins and minerals that energize you. Inadequate amounts can zap your energy.
These are some key nutrients that help with fatigue:
- Vitamin B12 – found in meats, milk, and nutritional yeast
- Iron – found in red meat and green leafy vegetables
- Vitamin C – found in citrus fruit and kiwis
Lack of Exercise
Sitting all day can make you feel sluggish. Even though it seems like you need energy to exercise, the reverse is true in many cases. Moving your body can give you an energy boost and help you feel more revitalized.
Studies show that people who move more tend to report lower levels of fatigue. That means that even if you feel tired, being physically active can make a difference in your energy level.
So instead of giving in to your exhaustion and napping on the couch, take a walk, do an online exercise class, or head to the gym. It’ll help you wake up and will do your body a world of good.
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