5 Everyday Habits that are Sapping Your Energy

Updated at: Mar 11, 2018
5 Everyday Habits that are Sapping Your Energy

Depleting levels of energy may be caused by common, everyday habits that you sub-consciously practice. Here are 5 of such habits that can be very harmful.

 Onlymyhealth Staff Writer
Exercise & FitnessWritten by: Onlymyhealth Staff WriterPublished at: Nov 17, 2017

Energy is an all-important part of life that we rely on to get through the day. While it is a common phenomenon that lack of sleep causes energy drainage, there can be a whole lot of other reasons why one may feel exhausted.

Some of them are as follows:

Not Drinking Enough Water

Sometimes, it is possible to not know that you are dehydrated because of lack of outward symptoms. Even a small drop in dehydration levels can lead to drop in energy levels. Dehydration makes the blood thicker, suggesting that the heart has to work a tad too much to pump oxygen and supply the nutrients to muscles and organs, causing the body to slow down.  

You Skip Breakfast

You may have multiple reasons as to why you do not eat breakfast every morning, but it is important to never skip the first meal of the day because it is also the most important one. Skipping breakfast can leave you feeling lifeless for most part of the day. The body’s metabolism relies on breakfast to kick start after it has rested during a good night’s sleep.  The body tends to use up the food we ate at night for its nutrients and energy reserves, leaving us almost depleted by morning. A meal that is had shortly after waking up is elemental to replenishing depleted energy stores and energizing the body.

You Spend an All-nighter on Weekends

If you stay up late on weekends, you may feel tired by the time Monday is near. It is all right if you end up sleeping late only if you wake up on time. This will make you sleepy by the time it is night, putting you early in bed. But, if you disrupt your sleep patterns, you will end up not feeling fresh at all.

You Drink to Unwind

It is customary for a lot of people to enjoy a glass of alcoholic beverage after a day’s work to unwind before going to bed. But, the alcohol can interrupt sleep during the night. The alcohol will first soothe the nervous system and trigger a tranquilizing effect, inducing sleep. But, when the alcohol breaks down in the body, it can cause a surge of energy that can wake you up in the middle of the night, thus causing sleep disturbances.

You Check the Phone in Your Bed

The light that emits from phones, tablets, etc can throw sleep cycles off. When the light shines, the mind mistakes it for daylight signaling the brain that it is time to wake up. And, when it gets dark, the brain signals that it is time to sleep. This is to say that the glow from modern tech devices can keep us awake for a longer time than otherwise. This will make it difficult for the body to wind down.

So, now that you know what you are doing wrong, you can reverse them to feel better and more energized.

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