Do you have trouble maintaining your energy levels during the day? You’re not alone! According to the National Sleep Foundation, the average person feels sleepy during the day at least three times per week.
Just because you’re in good company doesn’t mean you should accept your fatigued state. Experiencing daytime fatigue more than half of the week can be a cause for concern. It can eventually impede your mental and physical health.
Here are some tips for boosting your energy naturally!
What Is Fatigue?
Fatigue is a very common feeling that humans experience. There are many symptoms of fatigue that impact us all in unique ways.
Common fatigue symptoms include:
- Brain Fog
- Heavy/Dry Eyes
- Slow Reaction Time
- Restlessness and/or Sluggishness
- Feeling Sad/Drained
These reactions to tiredness are usually caused by either a specific event, or a series of them.
Common causes of fatigue include:
- Poor Sleep
- Staying Up Late
- Poor Diet
- Underlying Condition
When you experience fatigue, try to take note as to why you feel this way. Knowing that this is an isolated event can potentially rule out the need for a medical professional.
How Much Fatigue Is “Normal?”
We are dynamic and strong beings that adapt to our limitations, including tiredness. It’s natural for us to persevere through our hazy days and neglect how often we feel tired.
There are times when fatigue becomes too severe. You might experience dizziness, migraines, or memory loss. In those cases, please contact a medical professional immediately.
There is no magic way to measure “normal” amounts of fatigue. However, there are a few considerations that can help you determine your own personal benchmark.
Between 50-70 million Americans get inadequate sleep, which the American Sleep Apnea Association describes as fewer than six hours per night. There are over 300 million American residents.
Ideally, if the average person feels daytime fatigue three days per week, anything more might be cause for concern. Please consult your physician. Discuss your sleep history with them and describe the fatigue symptoms you experience.
How to Boost Your Energy Naturally
A lack of energy can have adverse effects on your career, social life, and overall health. Here are some tips to increase energy levels naturally!
Ditch the Second Cup of Coffee
Coffee and productivity go hand in hand, right? Sure, the first cup of coffee gives you a jolt of energy and a bunch of brain-boosting antioxidants. However, the average American drinks three cups of coffee per day.
Caffeine has a half-life of approximately five hours. Therefore, your body is still metabolizing caffeine later in the day. Instead of the brain-boosting powers you enjoyed, you’re now jittery, anxious, and restless.
The body needs help offsetting these adverse effects of caffeine. CBD oil helps calm excited receptors stimulated by caffeine long after you need its brain-boosting abilities.
Sometimes we feel fatigued because our cells are fatigued as well. When our cells are undernourished, they work less efficiently. In turn, we experience symptoms of fatigue, like brain fog or slow reaction time.
Electrolytes charge our cells, providing them with energy that pushes us forward. For years, many brands have marketed electrolytes as exclusive ingredients in sports drinks. These ingredients are actually table salt and sugar, and you don’t need to drink unhealthy sports or energy drinks to benefit from electrolytes.
Electrolyte is just a fancy word that groups together minerals that we’re familiar with, such as calcium, sodium, magnesium, potassium, and more.
There are plenty of foods that have these electrolytes, including:
- Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
- Leafy Greens
- Citrus Fruits
Water is the best source of electrolytes, as it’s essential for cells to live. Drinking water with lemon on an empty stomach in the morning is an excellent way to get your digestive juices flowing. Your body will thank you with a spark of energy to kickstart your day!
Exerting energy seems counterproductive for producing energy, but exercise will give your brain and body a boost. Exercise keeps the body lean, the brain healthy, and the heart strong. The body thanks you for putting in the work with feel-good hormones.
Ever hear of a “runner’s high”? Finishing a workout gives us a sense of accomplishment, which causes our brain’s reward center to produce hormones like dopamine. Any task performed post-exercise will be approached with a clearer mind and greater appreciation.
Aromas can really stimulate our senses. That’s why there are sayings like, “wake up and smell the coffee,” or “stop and smell the roses.”
The olfactory system is like the freeway to the brain. Your mind interprets scents, and you immediately come to conclusions.
Grandma’s baked cookies smell good and make you hungry. Hot garbage smells bad and makes your stomach turn.
Natural energy-boosting essential oils include:
- Wild Orange
We use organic lemon essential oils to formulate Joy Organics’ Organic Summer Lemon CBD Tinctures. Tinctures are a fast-acting way to get a boost of energy because most of the absorption happens in the mouth.
Get More Sleep
We need energy while we’re awake. Sleep is the balance the body needs. However, many of us get very little of it.
The hormone melatonin regulates healthy sleep patterns. However, blue light from our device screens, broken sleep patterns, and daily stress can impact melatonin production.
Joy Organics’ CBD Softgels with Melatonin for Sleep provide you with a precise serving of CBD oil. CBD helps inhibit excitatory receptors in the brain that might disrupt your sleep.
This natural formula also includes water-soluble melatonin that complements your body’s natural sleep patterns. Get into the relaxed mindset by drawing a bath with Joy Organics’ CBD Bath Bombs, made with organic lavender essential oils!
Getting a quality night’s rest will set the tone for your next day. If these tips are still not doing the trick, never hesitate to contact your doctor and express your concerns.
Hannah Smith is Joy Organics Director of Communications. She is driven by her passion for providing clear and accessible wellness and CBD education. In 2015, she received her BA in Media, Culture and the Arts from The King’s College in New York City and before Joy Organics, worked as writer and photographer in the Middle East and North Africa. Her work has been featured on Forbes, Vice, Vox, Denver Post, and the Coloradoan.