Derailing Drowsy Days
“If you’re tired, be quiet and go to sleep…”
Don’t you wish you could sleep whenever you wanted again, like when you were little - nap time anyone?!? Unfortunately, we can’t all just curl up into a ball and snooze like a pup when we are tired. If you are experiencing consistent fatigue throughout your day, there may be a couple of culprits that you can quickly and easily identify (and adjust) to aid in an afternoon pick me up! Check out 6 reasons that you may be drowsy during the daylight hours that have nothing to do with whether or not you turn in early:
1. You’re drinking too much coffee.
How many cups do you have a day - be honest! Do you find yourself needing another “fix” around 3pm? Have you tried going without it for a day or two to see what happens? This might be a useful experiment…maybe don’t try it on a Monday. If you find that you are getting headaches, try alternating days without coffee to break up the caffeine addiction. It might also be helpful to try tea. I have always loved tea and started drinking matcha years ago (before there were fancy-schmancy matcha lattes). I love the taste of coffee, but it irritates my stomach. I definitely still enjoy a cup on occasion but certainly feel the caffeine effects in a powerful way.
2. Your hormones are haywire.
Hormones are your body’s secret weapon and whenever they get out of kilter, you become stressed, tired, or develop poor eating habits. If hormones have gone rogue, try getting them back on track with a couple of herbal remedies! Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb that has been used for centuries as part of a treatment for stress. Unlike most adaptogenic herbs, it is slightly sedative instead of stimulating. That may sound counter-intuitive to reducing drowsy days, but this herb is especially helpful for hyped-up individuals who struggle with relaxation. Dial back the coffee and dial up the herb (…not Mary Jane!) Maca has become a very popular superfood and herb - with good reason! Studies have shown that a teaspoon of maca can regulate, support, and balance the hormonal systems in men and women. It helps with fertility, digestion, energy levels, and all things sexual. “Ooh na na, what’s my name”
3. You’re not relaxing enough.
In our high-stress environments, it is important to find the time to dial it back and make space for activities that allow you to reconnect with your space and realign your center. Find what works well for you: try walking, baths, aromatherapy, massage, meditation, self pampering (face masks, DIY manicures, skin scrubs, etc). Try developing a low-stress hobby - yoga, hiking, playing an instrument, photography….the list goes on and on.
4. You’re not getting daily nutrients.
We get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of our busy days, that we often turn to a quick meal fix out of convenience. More often than not, we are not fueling our bodies with what we need. It is important to get a healthy mix of carbohydrates, fiber, fats, and protein in your daily diet and work to avoid processed foods and sugar as much a possible. Consider a supplement (like a multi-vitamin) to help balance your nutrition. Arm yourself for battle - try prepping your meals at the start of your week to take control of your nutrient intake…you WARRIOR you…
5. You’re dehydrated.
How much water are you consuming? Think about it! Aim to consume around 3 liters of water a day. It will help to flush out toxins and aid in digestion and energy. If you don’t like plain water, the addition of an herb may change the game for you. Try incorporating lemon, lime, cucumbers, or sliced fruit to hype up your hydration!
6. You’re not exercising enough.
I’m a big proponent of “Everything in moderation, including moderation,” but I do subscribe to the mindset that to avoid chronic fatigue and for overall mental and physical wellness, it is important to try to sweat everyday. Even if it is just a walk, elevating your heart rate and moving your body will release endorphins and circulate vital blood flow. "Don't let the days of your life pass by...You need to get up, get out and get something!"