Do you feel drained before your day even kicks in? According to Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum of Good Health magazine, there are three common habits that may be contributing to your waning energy supply.
1. You “check in” before you turn in
Research shows that staring at the cool blue and white glow of phones, tablets, and laptops, actually lowers the body’s production of melatonin, a sleep-regulating hormone. To combat this, Dr. Teitelbaum says ditch all devices for at least one hour before bedtime. You can still read a real book or magazine, but scrap the electronics, your dream life will thank you.
2. You’re not moving enough
People often use the excuse that they’re too tired to exercise when they should be thinking they’re too tired NOT to. You see, a sedentary lifestyle causes blood vessels to constrict, making you feel tired, even if you’re getting plenty of restful sleep at night. Here’s why: Physical activity triggers your brain to release endorphins, those “feel good” chemicals that boost your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Even a little bit of movement increases blood flow enough to help more oxygen reach your cells. The result is that you’ll feel more alert throughout the day. Feeling an energy slump? Stand up, walk around and perhaps get outside for a little fresh air!
3. Your go-to snack is all-wrong
We’ve all been there. It’s the post-lunch, late afternoon slump. You think, ‘hey, that vending machine full of candy bars is just down the hall.’ A little sugar boost can’t hurt, right? Wrong, that candy bar isn’t your friend, no matter how you justify it. Sure, you’ll get a temporary sugar high, but it’s closely followed by a sharp low-blood-sugar crash. Fifteen minutes later you’ll feel worse than ever. Next time reach for healthy protein snack, such as a handful of nuts and seeds, a piece of string cheese, or apple slices with nut butter.