It happens to the best of us: we arrive at our jobs ready to be productive, and after a few hours, it’s impossible to keep our eyes open.  The less energy that you have, the less productive you are. The less productive you are, the more you exert yourself trying to catch up, and before you know it, you’re in a vicious cycle.  It’s important to perform your best at work. Not only could you risk losing your job from fatigue, but it could even result in injury

So, how do you beat the sluggishness and pull yourself back up again?

The trick to beating your sudden dips in energy is to recognize where it comes from. Here are some of the most likely reasons why your energy is suddenly dipping. 

Too Much Caffeine

Coffee may work in the mornings for an initial increase in energy. However, those several cups of coffee can also quickly work against you. When your caffeine levels drop, so do your energy levels. The more stimulants that you consume, the worse your energy dip will be when it leaves your system.

It’s recommended to avoid exceeding more than one cup of coffee a day. If you start to feel tired again in the day, you should opt for something else which also provides energy. Green tea or matcha are great alternatives which don’t result in a caffeine crash.

Poor Sleep

Often the most obvious reason is the one that many people suspect the least. Yet, chances are, the reason for your energy dip is likely a lack of proper sleep.

Without balance, your body will quickly start to run out of energy on a regular basis. It’s essential to get at least 8 hours of sleep a night in to order to reap the benefits of rest. 

Not Consuming Enough Calories

In an effort to lose weight or in some cases because they are so busy that they forget, people don’t consume enough calories. When your body doesn’t have enough calories to use as fuel, it will result in lower blood sugar levels. Lack of blood sugar leads to a lack of energy.

Try to eat enough calories a day for your body’s composition. If you’re not sure how many you need, ask your doctor, or input your weight into a website which will give you an idea. 

Stress

Stress can take its toll on your body in many ways. Even though you may not think you’re stressed, energy dips and fogginess are symptoms. 

When you experience stress, your body’s hormonal composition changes. Cortisol levels are increased, and our bodies go into fight or flight mode. As a result, your body will try to combat the stress, which can be exhausting. 

If you frequently feel tired, ask yourself whether it may have something to do with your stress levels. 

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