Dealing With Tiredness When It’s Perpetually Dark

beta glucanWhen the alarm clock rings at 6.00 am and it’s still dark outside it’s tempting to hit the snooze button and roll over, ignoring the world outside altogether.

Most people, although finding it hard to drag themselves out of bed in the morning usually feel better after they get up.

However, if you feel lethargic throughout the day and this is a noticeable difference for you from the lighter summer months, then you’re not alone.

This lethargy is usually referred to as winter tiredness.

The main reason that winter tiredness exists is because the days are shorter and therefore you get exposed to less light, making you feel sleepy earlier on in the day than in the summer.

The natural sunlight can affect chemicals in the brain causing a response. At the lower end this exhibits itself in tiredness and lethargy and can go up all the way to severe depression and seasonal affected disorder. However, you can do a few things to fight it.

Get Some Vitamin D
Vitamin D also known, as the sunlight vitamin is responsible for helping bone health and can boost your energy.

If you can’t get the vitamin directly from the sun, then make sure that it makes up a proportional amount of your diet.

Don’t Oversleep
Even though it can be extremely tempting to sleep in more in the winter, you are no more in need of sleep in the winter as you are in the summer.

Try to get 8 hours, but try not to stay in bed for much longer as it will only increase the feeling of lethargy.

Exercise can boost not only your energy, but your mood too.

Even though you might not feel like doing anything too energy consuming, getting some exercise will make you feel better.

Why not try something like yoga to start off with?

Coping With Fatigue

coping_with_fatigueFatigue is a problem that most of us have to deal with. With longer working hours, less sleep and busy social lives, it’s easy to become a victim. However, it is important to note that although short periods of fatigue are normal, prolonged periods can lead to other health conditions.

These health conditions can include a weakened immune system, an increase in the risk of getting diabetes, obesity, depression, heart disease, and can even have a major effect on our life span. Thus, it is important to recognise the importance of getting enough rest, and not to look at sleeping as an unnecessary waste of time.

 When we are sleeping, our body goes through several processes that enable us to function at an optimal level throughout the day. These processes include, but are not limited to; cell repair, memory consolidation, the processing of thoughts and experiences and recovery. The brain also begins to form links between emotions and experiences in this time and can often provide the answers for situations that have presented themselves in waking hours.

Without this time to rest therefore, the body is unable to go through these processes. This is what is responsible for the “brain fog” type feeling that you get when you haven’t slept for a prolonged period of time, and that causes you to experience things like lack of concentration, slow reaction times and an irritable temper.

 Scientists have found that adult humans need around 7-8 hours per night, but how can we help promote healthy sleeping patterns and ensure that our bodies’ aren’t being compromised by poor sleeping habits? Well, the following tips may help!

 1. Make sleeping a routine. Much like eating and drinking, our bodies get used to doing the same thing everyday and will expect it. By going to bed around the same time each day, and getting up around the same time each morning, your body clock will get used to this process and function accordingly.

2. Make sure that you’re bed and bedroom are comfortable, warm and dark enough for you to get enough sleep. There’s nothing worse than being woken in the middle of the night because you’re too cold!

3. Finally, try to cut out the caffeine before bed, and instead opt for a relaxing activity (try to make it non-tech related as the light from screens wakes up your brain).

 Fatigue is preventable, all you have to do is listen to your body and take action, the rest will fall into place!