4 Reasons You Might Be Overtired

Many people can find themselves feeling sluggish no matter how much they sleep.  It seems like every morning when their alarm goes off they find themselves pressing snooze over and over and struggle to get dressed.  

Feeling overtired isn’t fun.  You are less productive at work, you don’t feel like exercising, or taking care of your to-do’s, you simply want to sit on the couch and stare at the wall chugging coffee.  If you find yourself frequently overtired it may be from the following reasons.

Too Much Alcohol

Drinking too much alcohol can lead to the body being overwhelmed with toxins.  When you drink too much your body can’t metabolize things properly and is in a state of toxification.  Drinking in excess or even just drinking a bit each day affects your sleep patterns.  Perhaps you have noticed that after a night of drinking you wake up frequently throughout the night and the next day feel like you are in a cloud.

Rather than struggling through these feelings of post-alcohol sluggishness, try to cut back on your drinking.  By limiting yourself to just a few drinks a week, or even better, cutting out alcohol completely, you will notice a huge increase in overall energy.

Too Much Caffeine

Caffeine helps the body feel more alert for a brief period of time.  If consumed in excess you can experience a caffeine crash following the buzz.  This can cause people to enter a cycle of drinking more and more coffee only to crash, then drink even more.

It may seem counter intuitive that too much caffeine can actually make you feel more tired, but in fact, studies show that people who cut out caffeine completely had more energy in the long run.  

Try taking a break from coffee for a week and see how it affects you.  If you are a heavy coffee drinker you may want to try coming off of caffeine slowly by replacing your coffee initially with black tea.  After this, you can transition to drinking herbal tea and cut out caffeine completely.

Not Enough Exercise

While exercise expels energy in the moment, it actually increases your energy following the activity.  People who get at least 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise tend to be more productive, have better moods, and feel better in general.

If you sit around for most of the day this can actually make you feel even more tired.  Try getting up and moving around at least once an hour if you have a desk job.

Poor Diet

Diets high in fat and sugars lead to fatigue.  Try eating fresh fruits and vegetables as well as whole grains and you will find that you are much more energized after eating a well balanced meal.