Tired All the Time? Kick These 5 Bad Energy-Zapping Habits

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If you’re one of the many who find themselves feeling tired more often than you should, it may be time to stop brushing it off as your busy schedule or not getting enough sleep. Sure, a hectic schedule and lack of sleep can definitely take their toll, but if you’re feeling tired all the time, chances are that something you’re doing (or not doing) may be to blame.

Here are 5 bad (but common!) habits that can make you feel tired.

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Skipping Breakfast

It really is the most important meal of the day and skipping it can make you feel tired and sluggish all day long. Even if you had a big dinner the night before, your body uses up those nutrients while you sleep so you need more by the time you wake up. Eating breakfast kickstarts your metabolism and gives you energy to start your day with.

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Drinking Wine to Unwind

Wine does have a sedative effect and makes you feel relaxed, which is why so many people will have wine in the evening. What you may not know is that sedative effect is short-lived and wears off as your body begins to metabolize the wine, leading to a burst of adrenaline that can wake you up during the night.

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Not Getting Enough Iron

Your body needs iron to help oxygen travel to your muscles and organs. If you’re not getting enough of it in your diet, you can feel tired, weak, and irritable. You can increase your iron intake by eating iron-rich foods, like lean meats, eggs, and dark leafy greens. Getting enough of those foods? Then perhaps you’re eating them with coffee, tea, or another iron absorption inhibitor that’s stopping you from getting the most iron from your diet. Eat iron-rich foods on their own or with juice high in vitamin C to help improve iron absorption.

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