Why Fatigue is Not Just a Matter of Sleep

Why Fatigue is Not Just a Matter of Sleep

By now, you’re familiar with all the mind-body effects of consistent, quality sleep – and the effects of skipping out.

But what if feeling fatigue, or even exhaustion, is about much more than just sleep?

Next time you’re feeling fatigue, ask yourself these 7 questions:
  1. Am I eating balanced meals that contain whole foods with a combination of healthy fat, fiber and protein? This combination is essential for steady blood-sugar and therefore energy balance. You’ll be more likely to avoid the slumps that can accompany post-meal sluggishness, as well as the afternoon crash.
  1. Have I been outside daily and spent at least 20 minutes in the morning sunlight? It’s easier in the summer months to get out, but if you’re exhausted in the mornings, you may be missing this crucial window to support your sleep/wake cycle. Leave the sunglasses at home to allow the light to come in through your eyes.
  1. Do I have practices that I use consistently to help me manage my stress? Relaxation strategies are not just for when you’re feeling acute stress. You also need tools you can integrate into your daily morning and evening routines to help increase your overall tolerance to stress. Try meditation, deep breathing, or yoga Nidra.
  1. Have I moved my body in a way that feels enjoyable, sustainable and consistent with my current level of fitness? Movement is paramount for mental and physical health, and supports sleep, mood, focus and longevity. Choose activities you can complete consistently without pain, and that you actually look forward to.
  1. Am I exposing myself to people, environments or activities that drain my energy? Consider the role of news media, overworking, procrastination, clutter, avoidance, stigma… Notice, without judgment, the habits that are not serving you, and make a plan to swap them out with ones that are aligned with your goals and values.
  1. Am I drinking plenty of fresh, filtered water throughout each day? Even a mild degree of dehydration can impact your energy. We need to remain well hydrated throughout each season, not just in summer. Hydration impacts multiple systems and functions in the body, and can be tailored to meet your body’s particular needs.
  1. Am I identifying and expressing my needs, by setting healthy boundaries and communicating them to others? This is one of the most overlooked areas of energy depletion. When you’re suppressing your needs and emotions, this impacts stress, mental health, and even your immune system. Start by acknowledging what you actually do and do not want, and share with someone you trust.

If you’re struggling in one or more of these areas and would like personalized support to address the underlying contributors to your mental, emotional, and physical exhaustion, reach out for your FREE Clarity Call.


Disclaimer: This post is for informational purposes only. It does not constitute medical advice, or replace treatment or intervention by a qualified medical or mental health professional. Do not make any changes to your health protocols without consulting with your healthcare provider.



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