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05/01/2023

5 Reasons Why Your Energy is So Low & What to do About it

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We all like to start the New Year on a positive footing but what if your energy level is persistently low? Well, you are not alone! Many people experience low energy levels characterized by other symptoms like brain fog, moodiness, irritability, sore and achy muscles, dizziness, and headaches. 

The energy decline could result from lifestyle factors or underlying health conditions. It is normal to feel tired, but chronic fatigue can affect the quality of your life. It might hurt your productivity levels in your daily routine plus you might not do the things you have always enjoyed doing. You will need to find the root cause to deal with your low energy levels. I personally find my energy levels dip in Winter, this may be due to less daylight/sunshine hours and last year my Vitamin D was affected badly, but I'm glad that I was able to pinpoint the issue somewhat and that has allowed me to make changes this year, that is helping. 

Here are some common reasons why your energy level is so low and the possible remedies.

You're More Sedentary than Usual

While your day-to-day errands can wear you out, so can being more inactive than usual. Sedentary habits decondition your body and result in muscle loss. This could be why you are feeling so tired with low energy levels and if you don't make changes it can become a constant cycle of feeling exhausted, both mentally and physically. 


Remedies: The solution to low energy levels resulting from a sedentary lifestyle can be quite simple, engage in regular physical activity that you enjoy. I"m not saying join a gym (I haven't been to a gym in years) but why not try fit in a daily walk or go swimming or perhaps take up a new hobby like rollerskating.

In the long term, you want to aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity on a weekly basis as long as you are able. Regular physical activity will spike your energy levels to help you carry out your daily activities without feeling like a zombie and even something as simple as a daily walk can have a real positive impact on your overall well-being.



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You're Not Getting Enough Sleep

An adult should get at least 7 hours of high-quality sleep every night for optimal health. From a scientific perspective, your body undergoes critical processes during sleep, like regenerating and repairing cells. This is why you should be feeling energized, refreshed, and more alert after a good night's sleep. If you don’t sleep well because of poor sleeping habits, psychological stress, or short-term/chronic insomnia, then you will likely experience low energy levels during the day.

Remedies: The baseline solution is to try and get at least 7 hours of sleep every night. Try and address the culprit of your poor sleeping patterns, such as stress, excessive screen time, or poor sleeping environment. If you have insomnia, it would be best to talk to your doctor. 


You're Testosterone Hormone Level is Low

Testosterone, a primary male sex hormone, is vital in maintaining physical and mental energy levels. The body naturally produces the hormone in males, but the amount secreted reduces with age. Thus, low testosterone levels are common in older men leading to low energy levels and constant fatigue. Other common symptoms include irritability, depression, erectile dysfunction, weight gain, decrease in muscles, and loss of bone mass, to mention a few.

Remedies: If you are experiencing low energy levels, you should consult your doctor for lab testing to determine if the symptoms are related to low testosterone. If so, the health provider will put you under a tailored testosterone replacement therapy. The therapy will restore the hormone to normal levels and spike your energy levels. Your sex drive will also increase plus you will have better sleep!



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You constantly feel stressed

Chronic stress causes stress-related exhaustion disorder. This condition causes physical and psychological burnout. It might also cause chronic inflammation, which may lead to frequent fatigue.

Remedies: The best way out is to address the root cause of your stress. Try to manage your stress levels by meditating, walking, or bathing. You can also talk to a mental health professional to help you learn stress-coping skills and how to process emotions better.


You're Consuming Too Much Sugar or caffeine

Consuming too much sugar or caffeine can lead to a spike in blood sugar. It might make you feel energized in the moment but unfortunately, once the sugar level goes down, you feel crushed and wiped. It is also worth noting that taking in too much sugar overload might also cause issues like insulin resistance which may potentially lead to Type 2 Diabetes.

Remedies: You can cut back on the sugar and refined carbohydrates you consume, of course, don't cut them out completely but have a more moderate approach. 

Wrapping up

Experiencing low energy levels is not normal. So, don’t ignore it! You ought to identify the underlying cause and make adjustments to improve the quality of your life. You can try making tweaks to your lifestyle but it is crucial to talk to your doctor for assistance if symptoms persist.

6 comments:

  1. I definitely feel less energetic during the colder months. I am less active and don't like to be out in the colder weather! I need to make an effort to increase my activity level during these cold winter months.

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  2. If I don't get enough sleep I instantly feel that my energy is low. I need to sleep at least 8 hours to start the day fresh

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  3. It's so weird that caffeine can drain energy, but I know that to be true. If I eat too much processed food my energy gets sapped too.

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  4. It is so important to understand why you may have low energy and then what to do about it! This is a very good list of reasons, thank you for sharing.

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  5. I have definitely found that reducing my sugar intake has helped my energy. Plus around 5 years ago my sleeping habits totally changed and I noticed a massive difference as I was suddenly getting more sleep x

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  6. I needed to read this today! I feel totally zapped out by the end of the day, and I have a feeling it's got to do with a few things on your list.

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