Lack of sleep isn't the only thing sapping your energy. Little things you do (and don't do) can exhaust you both mentally and physically, which can make getting through your day a chore. Here, we reveal common bad habits that can make you feel tired, plus simple lifestyle tweaks that will put the pep back in your step.

  • YOU DON’T DRINK ENOUGH WATER: Being dehydrated takes a toll on the body’s energy level; When you’re dehydrated weaknesses sets in regardless of whether you’ve eaten or not. Dehydration reduces the blood volume thereby making the blood thicker. This makes your heart pump less efficiently thereby reducing the speed at which oxygen and nutrients reach your muscles and organs.
  • IRON DEFICIENCY (SIDEROPENIA): Iron is needed for many enzymes to function normally; untreated iron deficiency can lead to iron deficiency anaemia, so a wide range of symptoms may eventually emerge, either as the secondary result of the anaemia, or as other primary results of iron deficiency. Symptoms of iron deficiency include: Dizziness, weakness and fatigue, Irritability, sluggishness and inability to focus. You can boost your Iron intake to reduce your risk of anaemia by eating iron-rich foods such as; liver, cereals and bread, fruits, meat and eggs, beans, seafood, vegetables .
  • ANXIETY: Anxiety can make you mentally exhausted, feeling anxious is a normal feeling but when it becomes constant and uncontrollable which is so strong they affect your day, then it should be worked on. If you are a person who expects that the worst case scenarios will occur, this anxiety can paralyze you. When you are having these thoughts take a deep breath, get outdoors, meditate, or exercise
  • YOU SKIP BEAKFAST: Breakfast foods contain vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients to jump-start your day. If you're running on empty, it won't be long before you begin feeling tired and cranky. Studies showed that adults who kicked off the day with a solid breakfast had a "greater positive mood" than subjects who ate nothing. It's not just enough that you eat breakfast, but that you're eating the right foods as well.
  • POOR SLEEPING HABIT: Most adults requires between 7-8 hours of sleep consistent every day to feel their best. Studies have shown sleep deprivation has a negative impact on our performance for the day. While it’s no surprise that you need to sleep in order to avoid feeling like you’re always tired, you may be surprised to hear how just a small amount of sleep deprivation over time can really add up and harm your health and mood.

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