10 Ways to increase your energy

Are you feeling fatigued? These 10 tips will help to boost your energy.

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Are you feeling tired, sluggish or simply uninterested in things which used to excite you? These 10 tips will help to boost your energy and revive your get-up-and-go.

1. Eat breakfast

It sounds simple, but studies show that eating breakfast puts you in a better mood and leaves you with more energy all day long. In fact skipping any meal can leave you feeling lethargic, and make it more likely that you will snack on unhealthy foods.

2. Power nap
Our brains are asked to process so much information so quickly these days that mental fatigue and information overload are common causes of afternoon energy slumps. Taking a 30-60 minute powernap can give you a boost for the rest of the day and may also help you to better retain what you have learned.

3. Go for a walk
Exercising to increase your energy may seem counterintuitive, but physical activity, especially walking, increases your energy levels. A brisk ten-minute walk can wake you up and make you more productive for up to two hours afterwards. And you don’t need any special training or equipment to do it, so you can start right away.

4. Drink more water
Thirst signals from your body can masquerade in a number of different ways. Often when you think you feel hungry or fatigued you may actually be a little dehydrated. So when lethargy strikes try drinking a refreshing glass of water. If you often feel a little tired during the day try taking a 500ml water bottle with you wherever you go, and drink one full bottle before and one full bottle after lunch. The best way to stay hydrated is to take small sips throughout the day, as this allows your body to absorb the water more easily.

5. Get a better night’s sleep
There are a number of things which can disrupt our sleep, most of which can be dealt with fairly easily.

Drinking alcohol just before bed may help you fall asleep, but it can also stop you from entering your REM cycle, which is when you get your best rest during the night. By cutting down on alcohol before bedtime you will get a better night’s sleep, and wake up feeling more refreshed.

The time you fall asleep is important in how rested you feel. Getting eight hours of sleep is good, but if you sleep from 10pm to 6am you will feel more rested than if you sleep from 1am to 9am.

It is normal to toss and turn a little at night, but if you are lying awake for hours every night then you may have a form of insomnia. If you wish to look at some other options before taking the medical route then give these quick tips a go. If they don’t work, then you should make an appointment with your GP. Try to refrain from eating within two hours of going to bed, ensuring your bedroom is pitch black and letting a little fresh air into the room as you sleep. Try not to overheat your bedroom, as you will sleep better if the room is slightly cool.

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    HOLA
    29th Jun 2013
    7:04am
    I had a triple bypass one year ago. I do most of the same things I did before the operation. I have always been a walker but have cut down on heavy meals and watch the fat content in my diet. I used to have a bad time, not only falling asleep but staying asleep. I only need max. 5 hours per night. I have learned to not sweat the small stuff and don't get involved in other peoples problems, in the end you are worrying more about their problems than they are. So roll on good times and look forward to a healthier life.


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