Five top tips to avoid tiredness

Sport360 staff 13:20 29/03/2017
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Tiredness affects all of us and we all have those days that are a bit of a struggle.

But fatigue is not a good thing and can really take its toll on many aspects of your life.

With that in mind, we’ve put together five pointers to help ensure you will be fresh and ready to tackle the day.

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GET ENOUGH SLEEP

Yes, the most obvious tip but also the most relevant.

If you’re burning the candle at both ends and not hitting the pillow enough then of course you are going to feel more tired.

Most adults need between seven to eight hours sleep each night – so keep this as a ballpark figure.

We all have problems sleeping from time to time.

If you’re watching TV late, listening to music or chatting to friends online, try and do this in a separate room to which you sleep in. It will help your body associate your bedroom with just sleeping and know that you are winding down for the day when you enter it!

A quiet, tidy, dark and relaxing bedroom space will also help you sleep better too!

AVOID CAFFEINE IN THE EVENING

Drinking coffee during the day can obviously give you the booster you need but avoid consuming caffeine well into the evening. Too much coffee will keep you up and you’re likely to face sleep difficulties and restlessness.

Instead, try to hydrate with water before you sleep and avoid sugary products.

The same goes for nutrition, too. Eat the right things, consume regular meals and enjoy a balanced diet.

LIFESTYLE

Such is the nature of UAE work life, we all generally live fast-paced lifestyles.

It’s great to be busy and productive, but at the same time, try not to take on too much at any one time.

Of course, it’s a balance to juggle work, family, friends, social life and exercise – but try and make some time for yourself too and as a result you’ll feel less tired.

Start to plan your day and get a firm grip on your schedule, allowing you to call it quits on your day at an appropriate hour before you sleep.

This will help you feel that little bit more refreshed and avoid going to sleep with lots of things on your mind.

EXERCISE

Physical activity is a great way to boost your energy levels and make you feel good.

Don’t worry – you don’t necessarily have to hit the gym everyday or run 10km.

A simple home workout can do the trick, mixing in some core movements, running on the spot, stretches and strengthening exercises (it’s worth buying a workout mat for this).

The great thing about exercise is that you can build it into your schedule at any point.

There’s no set guidelines for what you do, where you do it and at what time. Any form of activity is better than nothing.

GET OUTDOORS

OK, the UAE summer is coming – but still – try and take regular walks and get out of the office/air-conditioned environments where possible!

Pop out for lunch rather than spending more time at your desk where you may well be slouching and not allowing food to digest properly.

Stepping outside enables you to re-focus, stretch your legs and reassess want you want to achieve for the rest of the day.

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