Coffee, colas and energy drinks are very popular, partially because they help us to feel more alert. Unfortunately, the caffeine content can do a lot of other things that aren’t so healthy.
If you have heart problems or high blood pressure, it can make them worse. Blurred vision and shaky fingers can make typing hard. Plus, add the overall jittery feeling and you begin to see that maybe we should look elsewhere for an answer.
Enough Rest: I know a lot of young people who use caffeine to stay awake. Energy drinks and coffee are no replacement for adequate sleep. In fact, lack of sleep and these beverages will create a cycle that may make sleep difficult even when you do decide to take some time in dreamland. Each of us needs an average of seven to nine hours of sleep per night.
B Vitamins: I’ve found that as a quick “pick me up” B vitamins come in very handy. B Complex plus sublingual B 12 can help you think more clearly and have more energy. These vitamins are especially important for those who do not eat animal products. In fact, a good B 12 supplement is especially important, as it’s very difficult to get enough natural B 12 without animal protein.
Proper Diet: Have you ever noticed that after a burger and fries you feel sleepy? That’s a natural result of all the fat you just consumed. A proper, balanced diet that keeps fat, sodium and sugar to a minimum is a much better way to be energetic.
Reduce Stress: Emergency stress and chronic stress have the exact opposite reactions in our body. In an emergency, adrenaline is released and we have reserves of energy we didn’t know existed. However, over time, the stress simply wears you out.
There are a number of ways to do this, and you may require more than one of them. Herbal remedies, deep breathing and visualization can be useful. However, if they don’t fix the problem enough, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor.
Exercise: Sounds silly, right? Exercise should make us feel tired; how can it increase energy? Part of it is hormonal. Exercise causes various hormones to be released, and the end result can be increased energy. It also increases your stamina, which is a long term energy benefit.
If you are feeling fatigued for any length of time, you may need to talk to your doctor. Some illnesses present with this feeling, and it could be a vital clue to catching the problem before it becomes life threatening. Likewise, some medications may be the cause. Your doctor can help you find the reason and resolve it.