• Are you getting 8 to 9 hours of sleep on a daily basis? • Do you drink alcohol before sleeping? • Are you eating enough iron? • Are you consuming enough protein? • How much water do you drink? • Do you get enough B12? • And lastly, can depression make you tired?
If you are not getting 8 to 9 hours of sleep on a daily basis, you are not. The Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is released by the body during sleep which aids in repairing muscles. Sleeping on time and getting enough sleep are important to your health. Depression and sleep, or rather, a lack there of, are closely linked medically. To prevent sleep deprivation, one can drink some warm milk or eat a banana before bed, as they contain tryptophan and melatonin (natural sleep hormones).
Obviously, the answer to this one is not to drink alcohol before sleeping. Alcohol makes one drowsy initially but it can increase metabolism and mess up your sleep cycle. It is advisable to stop drinking 3 to 4 hours before sleeping.
Just like Popeye, you need your spinach too! Or broccoli, or kidney beans, or tofu, or eggs, or anything that has high amounts of Iron. Less Iron means, less Oxygen travels to your muscles and cells, making them weaker. Eating foods rich in Vitamin C is also important as it helps your body absorb the Iron.
Proteins are the building blocks of muscle and tissue in our body. For all the wear and tear that it goes through, our body needs it share of protein to recover on a daily basis. Prolonged periods of protein deficiency can cause sluggish movements, tiredness, fatigue, and make you age quicker.
Good sources of Protein are common, such as, whey protein (Pre and Post-Workout), meat, curd, paneer, tofu, cheese, lentils (Indian dal), spinach, chickpeas, sprouts, soybeans, etc.
The importance of water to a healthy body cannot be overstated. People form bad habits when it comes to drinking water, such as: only drinking water when feeling thirsty. Feeling thirsty is a symptom of dehydration. Dehydration takes a toll on the human body and you feel tired and fatigued quickly. Drinking water regularly is vital to feeling healthy and active. Making sure you have a healthy water intake during your workout session, will prevent dehydration.
Vitamin B12 is the vitamin that helps in the production of Red Blood Cells (RBCs) in your bloodstream. A deficiency of this essential vitamin can cause low levels of Oxygen reaching your body and make you tired. Animal derived foods are excellent sources of Vitamin B12. Whey protein, yogurt, curd, cheese, eggs, and cow’s milk are also good sources of B12.
Aside from all these causes, depression can also be a causefor fatigue. If, despite taking precautions such as the ones mentioned above, you feel tired continuously, seeing a doctor would be most advisable. Knowing your battle, is half the battle won.