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Are you feeling run-down and tired? Has your energy level significantly dropped recently? Do you have trouble sleeping?
Many factors can contribute to feeling foggy-brained and sleepy or your struggles with insomnia.
Your fatigue and lethargy may be coupled with headaches and a weakened immune system, which may indicate that you have a vitamin or mineral deficiency.
Our five quick tips for feeling refreshed and rejuvenated might be just the thing you need to boost your energy levels! Feeling and looking healthier means that your body is happier and functioning properly.
How to Feel Refreshed
These ideas may be just the trick to help you feel back to normal and ready to tackle your heavy workload:
- Change your nutritional intake. Incorporating more water and introducing a well-balanced diet filled with vitamins and nutrients may be just what your body needs to feel like yourself again (or even better!).
- Exercise regularly. Once you get into the habit of working out, your body will thank you. Many people feel as though an exercise routine gives them more energy during the day.
- Get enough sleep. Pulling an all-nighter here and there can seem innocent, but it can tremendously affect your sleep pattern and bodily functions, causing you to feel perpetually foggy.
- Take daily multivitamins and supplements. Typically, our diets are not enough to supply every vitamin our body needs to run efficiently and smoothly. Supplements help fill the gaps that our diet do not fulfill.
- Undergo an IV infusion treatment. These treatments can quickly restore vitamins, nourishment, amino acids, and energy to your body.
How Much Sleep Should I Be Getting?
On a regular basis, you should maintain somewhat of a schedule for your sleeping patterns.
Throwing off your daily pattern can make you feel groggy, and, unfortunately, our bodies are not designed like a piggy bank; getting 12 hours of sleep following a four-hour-sleep night can actually be detrimental to your sleeping schedule.
According to an article by the National Sleep Foundation, adults need seven to nine hours of sleep every night.
Advice for Better Sleep
The best ways to ensure you get enough rest every night is to:
- Avoid exercising directly before going to bed.
- Before you hit the hay, do something relaxing, such as reading a book or meditating.
- Do not consume caffeine later than noon.
- Establish a comfortable, tranquil environment with either a cool or warm temperature, whichever you find more soothing.
- Only use your bed for sexual activities and sleeping. If you associate your bed with doing other activities, it may present a challenge when you try to transition to sleep.
- Turn off or dim the lights prior to going to sleep.
- Turn off your television and set your cell phone aside an hour before bed. Studies show that the lights and stimulation from electronics can actually activate your brain, making it more difficult to sleep.
Which Vitamins Should I Take?
Everyone has different lifestyles and eating habits, so a physician can guide you on which vitamins will benefit you the most based on your diet and body style.
Our Vitality Medical Wellness Center has an online store with optional vitamins, supplements, and other items that can be beneficial to your health.
Discuss your concerns with Dr. Cristy Thomas, DNP, FNP-BC, APRN, to ensure that you are getting adequate nutrition.
There are other factors can contribute to your feeling of exhaustion:
Shift Work Disorder
People who work the swing-shift, or alternate between working days and nights, may suffer from shift work disorder and require treatment according to their schedule.
Fatigue and stress can negatively impact your body and mood. Keeping your stress levels down and managing your stress through healthy outlets can significantly reduce your fatigue.
An overactive or underactive thyroid can affect your weight, attitude, and how you feel. Thyroid testing can determine if this is causing your exhaustion or not.
A vitamin B deficiency can affect your focus, concentration, and productivity. Our office offers vitamin B shots for the right candidates.
What to Do If You Are Still Tired
When making changes in your lifestyle are not enough to make you feel better, then something else may be to blame for your insomnia, bad mood, and tiredness.
Patients in the Las Vegas or Henderson area are welcome to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cristy Thomas, DNP, FNP-BC, APRN, to undergo an assessment and receive a recommended treatment plan.