6 Surprising Reasons You’re Still Sleepy

Do you often feel tired during the day even after a good night’s sleep? Here are six surprising causes of fatigue and what you can do about them:

  1. Dehydration. Even mild dehydration can slow your mental gears and make you tired. To stay hydrated during the day, drink plenty of water, snack on raw fruit and vegetables or yogurt.
  2. Thyroid trouble. Over- and under-active thyroids can cause fatigue. A blood test for your level of a thyroid-stimulating hormone can help evaluate your thyroid function. If you’re feeling fatigued, talk to your doctor about the possibility of a thyroid issue.
  3. Anemia. This is a very common cause of fatigue and very easy to check with a simple blood test. It’s particularly a problem for women, especially those who are having heavy menstrual periods. To enhance your iron levels, eat an iron-rich diet, heavy in meats and dark, leafy greens.
  4. Allergy medications. If you suffer from allergies, you probably take your all-day allergy pill as soon as you get up to clear your head. But, even ‘non-drowsy’ or non-sedating versions can make you sleepy. To combat this, take your 24-hour-allergy pill at bedtime. You’ll sleep off the immediate drowsy side effects, and the medication will continue to keep you sniffle-free throughout the next day.
  5. Too much caffeine. You drink coffee to rev up your energy, not drag you down. But, too much coffee can have the opposite effect. If you’re consuming more than 4 cups of coffee each day, you can run into trouble. Some over-caffeinated symptoms include insomnia, irritability, headaches, anxiety, and fatigue. Switch to tea, which contains less caffeine yet can still give you a boost in the morning or afternoon.
  6. Not enough exercise. If you think that exercise would just make you more tired, there’s good news: Exercise increases energy levels. Get at least 30 – 60 minutes of physical activity on most days of the week.

If you never feel rested, and nothing seems to fix that, talk to your doctor or a sleep specialist.

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