Written by Salina Jivani
The birds are chirping, the sun is blazing…and you feel like you just need to snuggle under the covers another few…days. And no matter how much rest you get, it feels like it’s just not enough.
Sound familiar? If you feel like your exhaustion is borderline abnormal, your suspicions might be spot on. What does feeling fatigued indicate? Should you be concerned about a deeper health concern? Not necessarily, but maybe. Most culprits of fatigue are quick fixes but a few can indicate an underlying problem.
Here are the more sneaky, lesser known reasons you may be feeling constantly sluggish regardless of how many cappuccino shots you’re downing.
Are you drinking enough water? Believe it or not, water is an integral to making sure your body functions at its optimal. In fact, it uses that precious H2O for everything from ensuring proper metabolic function to making sure your digestive system remains on track. And yes, not ingesting enough water could be a cause for fatigue.
But wait, don’t get too excited with that gigantic water jug just yet—being overhydrated closer to bedtime can be counterproductive and also cause you to lose sleep thanks to the multiple nighttime bathroom trips you’ll be forced to make.
You live in a mess
Remember when your parents used to nag you about keeping your room clean? Not only would heeding their demands have paid off by making you a more organized individual, but also, you’d benefit from a better night’s sleep. Studies prove that those who live in messier environments have more disturbed sleep than those who sleep in more organized surroundings. So tidy up!
It’s too hot
Ever notice you twist and turn more frequently when it’s just too hot? That’s because it’s tougher to catch some sound Zs when temperatures are uncomfortably high. Before you go to bed, make sure you set your thermostat at a decent temperature close to around 72 degrees, but not much higher. You’ll rest a lot more peacefully and wake up feeling less groggy, making for a more energized, productive day.
You have no consistent sleep schedule
Of course for most of us it’s near impossible to fall asleep at the same time every single night, but attempting to establish some consistency with your sleep schedule can help you more easily fall asleep and avoid a night of twists and turns as you attempt to grasp some shut eye.
If you have a varied work schedule or have a few nights where you’re out a little later than others, creating a sleeping schedule can be difficult, but try to strive for as much consistency as possible. Getting yourself into a sleep routine will make it that much easier for you to find sleep, which means you’ll waste less time trying to fall asleep and have better chances of starting the morning feeling well rested and refreshed.
You have an underactive thyroid
If you’re practicing healthy habits and can’t seem to pinpoint the reason for your feeling sluggish, an underactive thyroid may be your perpetrator. Other signs of an underactive thyroid include brittle nails, dry skin, unexplained weight gain, and hair loss. If you feel you might be exhibiting some of these symptoms alongside sluggishness, visit your doctor.
Practicing healthy habits will always prove rewarding for your body, so make a conscientious effort to do what’s best for it. And remember that if at any point your exhaustion seems prolonged or worse, it’s always a good idea to see your doctor right away. Here’s to hoping your 2017 is filled with good health and restful nights!