It’s 9am and You’re Exhausted… Uh Oh!

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Have you ever gone to work and immediately started falling asleep when you got there?

If you have, I feel you my brothers and sisters. I feel you.

Many people “suffer” from sleeping disorders, eating disorders, or other types of conditions that prevent them from having enough energy in a day. When they will be affected depends on many things, and if you’re like me, you’re dog-tired all morning. If you find yourself constantly tired in the mornings, even though you got 8 hours or sleep the night before, you should try some of the points below- they just might “spruce you up”.

  • Eat Dinner at 6 pm
  • – It has been shown over and over again that eating late puts stress on your body while you sleep. At night, especially when you are sleeping, your metabolism is low. Taking in large quantities of calories will result in most of them simply being stored somewhere on your body as fat. Not only will you find it harder to fall asleep, you’ll also likely gain weight too. Lovely.

    Eating dinner earlier, with the latest being 6 pm (assuming you go to bed somewhere between 10 and 11), gives your body more time to process the food, digest it, and hopefully burn some/most of it off. You’ll get extra points if you go for a evening job or exercise session.

  • Sleep Well
  • – This one’s obvious, right? Wrong. Most people aren’t getting the kind of sleep that they need. Make sure that your mattress is comfortable and supportive, that the blinds/curtains are closed so that the light level in the room remains constant, and that other members of the household that may not be going to bed at the same time of you are respectful when you are sleeping. The difference between sleeping, and a deep sleep, is very significant and also relatively fragile. Make sure that there are as few possible disturbances as possible.

  • Eat Well
  • – Ahh yes, now we’re down to the most talked about topic in North America: diet and nutrition. You already know that a crappy diet means higher calories, a lower metabolic rate, and less energy levels, so I’m not going to repeat myself here and lecture you about proper nutrition. Just remember that natural, healthy foods provide a constant stream of energy from which your body can use to power itself, and that high-fat, high sugar foods (most fast foods, for example) provide a brief spike in energy, followed by a “crash”.

    Eating right, especially after you’ve been doing so for a couple if weeks, provides noticably better energy throughout the day- morning included.

  • Eat Breakfast
  • – Can you go eight hours a day without eating? Not likely, yet every night you do just that. When you wake up, the first thing that you should do is find some good, healthy foods to fill your stomach. Cereals, fruits, and yogurt are all great at filling your belly and providing your body with the nourishment it needs to have a great start to the day. If you don’t eat breakfast and you’re tired by 9 am, well, what did you think was going to happen? You can’t run a car without gasoline, and you can’t run your body without fuel either!

Try those tips for a couple of weeks and see how it goes for you. You will likely find that you’re happier, faster, and more motivated in the mornings. Not only that, but you’ll also find that you don’t “crash” during the day. You didn’t read it here first, as it’s been all over the media for years, but we’re hoping that maybe this post will be the one that twists your arm, so to speak.

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5 thoughts on “It’s 9am and You’re Exhausted… Uh Oh!

  1. My wife and I are bad about eating early. We usually eat around 7 or 8pm, because we workout from 5pm to 6pm. I wish I knew how to get dinner in earlier, but working out at that time is the only time available for us.

    1. What about switing your workout time with your dinner? That way you will burn off some calories from the dinner and carry fewer excess into the evening.

  2. “You can’t run a car without gasoline, and you can’t run your body without fuel either!” There is alot of truth to this statement! I can vouch for this!!

  3. These things are important even though it seems so ordinary… it really makes a difference on one’s day at work

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