No doubt about it, we need energy to power through our day.
Without energy, we are drained, helpless, ineffectual, and lost.
Where do we get our energy?
Obviously we get energy from sleeping, eating, and drinking water. That begs the question, are you getting enough energy from your daily habits?
Do you get enough sleep? The vast majority of Americans are chronically sleep deprived, believing that they only need five or six hours of sleep to get by. The real truth is that we need between seven and nine hours of sleep every night.
In order to determine if you need more sleep, determine the hour you need to awaken every day. Yes, this is seven days a week. After you practice this exercise, you can set aside a day or two to sleep in, but until you know your sleep requirements, sleeping in will NOT help you.
Say you have to get up at 6 am every day. Do you usually go to bed at midnight? That means you get six hours of sleep every night. Try going to bed at 11 every night. Do you naturally wake up at 6 am?
Then start going to bed at 10 pm. Are you able to wake up at 6 am without a problem?
Not yet? Then go to bed at 9 pm. And keep going to bed earlier until you regularly wake up at 6 am without any trouble. See, you may need eight or nine hours of sleep every night.
Next is to determine whether or not you are dehydrated. Even a little bit of dehydration will result in a drop in your energy levels. The next time you feel that old mid-afternoon slump, try drinking a full 12 ounces of water and see how you feel.
When we are dehydrated, we tend to be very low in energy. Our blood is thicker, making our heart work harder to pump oxygen and nutrients to our brain and our muscles. The more dehydrated we are, the slower we move.
How about food? Not everyone eats breakfast as they should, and many people skip meals because they are in a hurry or not hungry. Even if you skip breakfast, having a mid-morning snack is a good idea because our bodies need to be fueled on a regular basis.
When we go without eating for a period of time, we begin to lose muscle mass. Rather quickly in fact. In order to keep our energy up, we may want to keep our muscles fueled.
Drinking alcohol, an unnecessary pleasure. We might want to have a drink to unwind. But that then interferes with our ability to sleep well. While initially it may make us sleep, at some point during the night, we begin to experience the surge of energy we got from that nightcap and find ourselves lying awake during the night.