Wednesday, 5 November 2014

21:54

Getting tired is a fairly natural thing, if we push our bodies too far we expend too much energy and we end up tired and run down. Sometimes this can be good after we exercise or par for the course when it gets late and we need sleep but if you are asking why am I so tired all the time, then there might be more too it.

People who feel tired all the time even when they have a good amount of rest and do not overly exert themselves face a problem with fatigue that is all too common in modern society. Compare how our ancestors used to live without electricity and media and with an entirely different work and lifestyle. We tended to work hard back then during the daylight hours giving us exercise and expending energy in certain ways then we ate and slept at night and did this over an again without too much variation.


Now however we live in an age we often sit in offices all day glaring at computer screens that glare back expending too little energy having largish lunches then we can stay up late into the night being mentally stimulated by whatever media we choose to entertain us then get to sleep at odd hours; quite a change.

Now, while your life may not resemble that example I bet yours still has many elements of that. A combination of diet, sleep patterns and lifestyle throw our body into situations we are not evolved for and while we are incredibly adaptable animals this can start to impact on our health and energy levels leading us to question why am I so tired all the time

Sleep is an especially important part of the cycle and some of the least understood by the general public. You see everyone has a sleep cycle which is often around four hours long but can vary between three to five hours in some people. When we sleep, the middle of these cycles are the deepest sleep and if we wake up during this period we end up being sleepy and tired all day. This is why it is recommended you get eight hours sleep a night, enough for two cycles and then wake up refreshed. This is why you can also only have a few hours sleep sometimes and feel ok when you wake … but you will need to recover that time lost in sleep sometimes also.

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