How To Reduce Winter Tiredness | Best Way To Reduce sleepiness | How To Stop being Tired All The Time | Beat Tiredness
1 in 5 people in the UK feel unusually tired. With winter approaching, so do the shorter days, leaving many of us feeling increasingly tired and in need of an energy boost. Here are my top 4 energy-giving tips to beat the winter tiredness!
Tip 1 - Let in some sunlight
As the days become shorter, your sleep and waking cycles may become disrupted. The lack of sunlight means your brain produces more of a hormone called melatonin, which makes you sleepy.
Open your blinds or curtains as soon as you get up to let more sunlight into your home, and get outdoors in natural daylight as much as possible. Try to take even just a brief lunchtime walk, and make sure your work and home environments are as light and airy as possible. More light means less melatonin which means less tiredness/sleepiness.
Tip 2 - Eat the right food
Being overweight or underweight can affect your energy levels and leave you feeling sleepy. So it's important to make sure you eat a healthy, balanced diet.
Once the summer ends, there's a temptation to ditch the salads and fill up on starchy foods such as pasta, potatoes and bread. However, you'll have more energy if you include plenty of fruit and vegetables in your comfort meals.
Tip 3 - Take over the counter Vitamin D3
Between October to March you don't get enough Vitamin D from the sun, low Vitamin D levels can make you feel tired.
So it’s a good idea to buy some over the counter vitamin D3 - I recommend taking 1000 units daily which is equivalent to 25 micrograms. It’s also reasonably inexpensive I pay £1.50 for a pack of 60 which will last me 2 months.
I’ve also made 2 videos about vitamin D with much more information on it so feel free to check them out to learn more.
What Is Vitamin D For? Where Does Vitamin D Come From What Does It Do?
About Vitamin D3 Colecalciferol
Tip 4 - Get regular exercise
Exercise may be the last thing you want to do when you're feeling tired on dark winter evenings. But you might be surprised by how energetic endorphins will make you feel after getting involved in some kind of physical activity every day.
Exercise in the late afternoon may help to reduce early-evening fatigue and also improve your sleep. Try to reach the recommended goal of 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise a week.
Do I have a health condition?
While it's normal for all of us to slow down over winter, there are some medical conditions that could be causing your tiredness.
Sometimes a lack of energy and enthusiasm (lethargy) can be a sign of winter depression. Known medically as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), it affects around 1 in 15 people, but it can be treated. Read more about how to recognise winter depression.
If your tiredness is stopping you from going about your normal life, or goes on for a long time, you should always talk to your GP.
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This video is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. Abraham The Pharmacist has used all reasonable care in compiling the information but make no warranty as to its accuracy. Always consult a doctor or other healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.
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