According to NHS figures, one in five Britons say they are tired all the time, with a further one in ten complaining of it being a long term problem.
Of course tiredness can be a symptom of illness, vitamin deficiencies or hormonal problems – but once all of these have been ruled out by tests, what else can we do?
We all know that burning the candle at both ends can lead to fatigue, but there are a few scientifically proven ways to help combat tiredness.
Drink six to eight glasses of water a day
When we are dehydrated our blood pressure drops, slowing the delivery of oxygen to the brain. This often leads to us feeling tired and lethargic. The amount of water we need to drink differs from person to person, but as a general rule between six and eight glasses a day should be sufficient. You can include coffee in this total, but try to avoid exposing yourself to too much caffeine.
Try natural remedies
The most popular herbal remedy for tiredness is ginseng. The herb gently stimulates the adrenal glands, giving your energy levels a small boost. Be sure to speak to your doctor before trying any new medication or remedy.
Having a quick lie down can help to take the edge off an afternoon slump, but be careful – the duration of your nap is crucial. It is recommended that you only nap for 30 minutes for optimum results. Sleeping for longer than this will take you into ‘deep sleep’ territory, and waking from that will make you feel groggy and disorientated.
Get enough daylight
During the winter months the minimal daylight makes us all want to hibernate until spring. When we don’t get enough daylight our bodies produce too much of a hormone called melatonin, and it is this hormone that can cause us to feel sleepy. Try to take a walk outside on your lunch break, or wake up early to catch the sunrise.
If your tiredness is due to Insomnia, hypnotherapy could help. For more information, please see our relevant page.
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