If you are always tired, a lack of sleep is not the only thing to blame. Here are few fatigue miscreants that may bring on those yawns. They include:
1. You sip on some vino before bedtime: A glass of wine is what you need to wind down after a long day, right? Wrong! Even though alcohol gives a sedative effect, it actually destroys your sleep cycle since it boosts adrenaline as it metabolizes. This is why you tend to wake up in the middle of the night after a night of drinking. Instead, I recommend limiting your alcohol intake and cutting off 3-4 hours before going to bed to ensure a good night’s rest.
2. You are always on your phone, even at bed time: Using your phone or tablet before going to sleep throws off your natural sleep cycle thanks to the backlights. This means your body will suppress melatonin, the hormone that regulates your sleep. I recommend putting down all tech gadgets 1-2 hours before bed. If that is something you CAN’T do, then make sure to hold that phone or tablet at least 14 inches away from your face so the light won’t stop you from catching some z’s.
4. Your blood sugar is high: Make sure to keep your blood sugar levels balanced by eating a diet rich in lean protein and whole grain foods.