Your day starts on the “right” side of the bed and you go to classes feeling energized and ready to take on anything. You are alert, prepared, and focused and all seems to be flowing smoothly. As the day progresses, you begin to slow down, start to yawn, creativity takes a “back seat” and you feel like you could go home and crawl into bed. And somewhere around 3-4pm, it hits you like a ton of bricks. You feel depleted and now your thoughts are racing inside your head saying “I don’t feel like studying tonight; and I have sooooo much to do!” Sound familiar?
Daytime fatigue can sneak up on you in what seems like a “second” after having moved through the first part of the day with lots of energy. But what exactly causes it? Well, here are some things that may be slowing you down.
- The need for more rest
- Illness such as mononucleosis, cardiovascular problems, or under-active thyroid
- Mental exhaustion
- Emotional upset over past or current relationship concerns
- Lack of water
- Not enough oxygen in cells
So what can you do about it, especially since “finals” are right around the corner? Well, a simple start is to drink more water. Research indicates that a 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page. Moreover, lack of water is considered to be the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue. This translates into frustration, irritability, and can lead to even less sleep in college! So, to be proactive, the recommended amount of water to drink each day is ½ your body weight in ounces. That is, if you weigh 120 lbs, you need a minimum of 60 ounces of water each day. This works out to be just about 8-8 ounce glasses of water. If you weigh more, drink more water to help boost your energy.
Another strategy for managing daytime fatigue is to practice full, deep, conscious breathing. Most of us have shallow breathing and don’t pay attention to it and thus, we never fill up our lungs with the maximum amount of oxygen they can hold. Take full inhalations and exhalations slowly and deliberately and feel the difference in your energy. If you need help, contact me. I can share a simple breathing technique that makes you feel more energized the natural way!
May your finals be fantastic and don’t forget to…
Take Care of Yourself,
“Living a Growth in Motion™ lifestyle!”