The Top 3 Ways To Have More Energy – No. 3 Will Surprise You
Low energy is an issue for many. It can be tough to get through the day when as a culture we are all living frantically from day to day and always strapped for time. Previous generations may have worked hard too, but they seem to have had a slower pace of life and and make more time for true rest than we do these days.
As a result, we find ourselves chronically tired, sleep deprived, and reliant on stimulants such as caffeine just to get through our day. Thankfully, experts have discovered some simple but highly effective ways to keep us going when our energy levels lag behind. Here are some of the best ones:
1. Use Power Naps
Power naps are under utilized. People joke about them, but science shows that they are extremely effective. Studies have shown that a power nap for one hour can actually help us to reverse the effects of information overload, and also help us to better retain the information we input into our brain. Just be careful not to take that power nap too close to bedtime, or it could throw your body clock off and keep you up til the wee hours of the morning.
6. Keep yourself well hydrated
Did you know that fatigue can disguise itself as thirst? Anytime you feel tired, ask yourself if you feel thirsty. The answer may surprise you. Being dehydrated causes severe drains on your energy, leaving you feel depleted and lethargic. So next time you’re tired, drink a big glass of water and you may be surprised how peppy you feel minutes later.
Along those lines, cut down on other drinks such as sugary drinks which only cause an energy crash later, caffeinated drinks, as well as alcohol has interferes with deep sleep, which will cause even more energy deficit later, no matter how many hours you sleep.
3. Get Enough Magnesium
Magnesium deficiency may be more common than you think. The current recommended daily allowance for men is 350 milligrams a day for men and 300 milligrams a day for women. When magnesium levels dip, energy tends to do down as well, because the body uses magnesium for a staggering number of biochemical reactions, which includes breaking down glucose for energy.
In one study at the Department of Agriculture’s Human Nutrition Research Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota, patients who had magnesium deficiencies encountered higher heart rates and needed more oxygen to complete physical tasks than those whose magnesium levels were normal. This means that if you’re low in magnesium, your body is overworking itself constantly just to keep up. Many nuts are high in magnesium, so just the simple addition of a handful of cashews, almonds or hazelnuts to your daily diet would boost your levels a long way.