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Why Am I Tired All Day?

There can be many reasons for being tired all day such as:

Physical conditions:  Seasonal affective disorder, any recent or current illness, pregnancy, adrenal insufficiency, coeliac disease, constant pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, sleep apnoea, heart disease, underactive thyroid, diabetes, glandular fever, anaemia, restless legs and too low or high a bodyweight may all cause tiredness.

Psychological conditions: Depression, stress, boredom, excitement, anxiety and grief could contribute to fatigue.

Lifestyle:  If you’re burning the candle at both ends, you may be suffering from a lack of sleep.     Potentially stress-related life events such as moving home, financial problems or divorce may make you feel tired.  A lack of exercise or jet lag can also cause fatigue.

Diet:  Vitamin or mineral deficiency or a poor diet with low protein may cause constant tiredness.

Work:  Shift workers may have irregular sleep patterns which will contribute to tiredness.

Babies and Small Children: If there is a baby or small child in the home you may find that getting a good night’s sleep is somewhat difficult.

Nutritional Tips

Keep up your energy during the day by eating regular meals and healthy snacks every three to four hours.  Start the day with breakfast, have a mid-morning snack, lunch, a mid-afternoon snack and an evening meal.  Watch your intake of alcohol.   Although a few drinks in the evening may help you fall asleep, you sleep less deeply in the long run and are likely to be tired the next day.

Drink more water.  Sometimes you feel tired simply because you’re dehydrated.

Best foods for energy

  • Vitamin B: whole grains, organ meats, sweet potatoes, avocados, egg yolks and fish. Both oatstraw and nettle infusions are good sources of B vitamins.
  • Vitamin C: cantaloupe, citrus fruit and juices, kiwi, pineapple, strawberries, raspberries, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, green and red peppers, spinach, and tomatoes. Cooking reduces the availability of vitamin C in food.  Microwaving or steaming foods improve availability. 
  • Tired people need more high-quality fuel, including good fats, in their diet, especially natural sources of vitamin E, such as avocados, peanut butter, sunflower seeds, tahini, and olive oil. Herbs rich in vitamin E include nettle, seaweeds, dandelion, and watercress.
  • Celery, cabbage, seaweeds, nettle infusion, and red clover infusion are excellent sources of potassium which can help boost energy.
  • You may need to increase your intake of iron if you’re anaemic. Consume a spoonful of molasses or take a dropper of yellow dock tincture several times a day.  Good food sources include: seaweeds, nettle infusion, dandelion leaves, coco powder, chocolate, tahini, broccoli, spinach, sun dried tomatoes, chicken, parsley, turkey, roasted pumpkin and squash seeds,  sunflower seeds, kale, lentils, watercress, toasted sesame seeds, cooked egg yolks, apricots (fresh or dried), fish, red meat and haricot beans.
  • The following foods are naturally high in vitamins and minerals and will help you sustain energy throughout the day:
    1. Peanut butter
    2. Live-culture yoghurt with dried apricots
    3. Slightly under ripe banana
    4. Cheese and oatcakes
    5. Turkey breast sandwich
    6. Hard-boiled egg
    7. Chicken and spinach salad on whole wheat pita bread
    8. Pasta and lentil salad
    9. Baked potato with low-fat cheese topping
    10. A small handful of walnuts and almonds
    11. Porridge

With a mixture of lifestyle and nutritional changes, you may find your constant tiredness lessens and your energy levels improve. Zhu-Zhu stock a wide range of quality sleep masks and eye masks which may help in getting more sleep.

Note:  check with your GP if you are concerned about your tiredness

 

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How can lavender help you sleep?

We have all experienced a bad night sleep from time to time. While for some of us it can be a one off occurrence many of us struggle to get a good night’s sleep on a regular basis. Our fast paced busy lives make it difficult to switch off at the end of the day and we often lay wide awake longing to fall asleep.

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Some of the top reasons why we are not getting enough sleep surround our over exposure to technology i.e. watching television in bed, staying on our phones till late etc and our inability to unwind at the end of the day. Recognised GP Dr. Hilary Jones, says “I’m always amazed when people complain to me of fatigue, then tell me they watch TV until 3am! Others may drink excessively, take medication with sedating side effect or, like working mums, have to cram too much into their day…Anxiety and depression can make for a busy mind, causing fatigue.”*

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