So many people suffer from that “2 O’clock tired feeling.” However, there are many people who are tired all the time. The most obvious reason on why you’re tired is because of lack of sleep. Not getting at least eight hours of sleep is going to play a huge role on how your next day pans out. Although sleep plays a crucial role in your life, there are many other underlying factors most people don’t know about that can make you both mentally and physically tired.

When you skip a workout because you are too tired, think again. Exercising does the exact opposite of making you more tired. Numerous studies show that regular exercise boosts your strength and endurance. Exercising delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues, which in turn, gives you energy. So next time you decide to be a couch potato, at least go on a brisk walk and you’ll see how much energy you’ll gain from this small task.

Everyone knows you’re supposed to have eight glasses of water a day, but do all of us really do that? Drinking lots of water a day helps keep you energized and awake. Even being slightly dehydrated can make your heart beat less efficiently because dehydration causes your blood to be denser. This stalls the oxygen and nutrients from reaching all ends of your body; therefore, causing you to be tired.

Consuming iron allows you to be more focused, alert and awake. You can tell if you’re not consuming enough iron if you are feeling sluggish, weak or irritable. Foods like eggs, vegetables, nuts and peanut butter contain iron which will help give you more energy. It is also extremely important to eat breakfast. Most people skip breakfast, which makes them tired much faster. As we all know and heard since we were little, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Cut out your fast food intake as well and you will see a huge difference in your daily life. Most fast food contains a lot of sugar which increases your blood sugar levels dramatically. A spike of your blood sugar levels will leave you feeling sluggish for the rest of the day.

A few more little tips include no alcohol intake right before bed. People think that having a glass of wine before bed will help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep; however, it creates a rebound effect that produces adrenaline in your system. This is why you’re more likely to wake up in the middle of the night after a night of drinking. Another tip is to stay off your phone at bedtime. The light your phones and tablets give off throw off your body’s natural rhythm by producing melatonin and in response does not allow you to fall asleep.