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Why You Might Feel Drained, Even After a Full Night’s Sleep

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Have you ever caught yourself yawning throughout the day despite clocking in a good 8 hours of sleep? Here are three reasons you might still feel tired and solutions to supercharge your energy.

The Sugar Rush and Crash

Those tempting processed sugars and white carbs – bread, pasta, and sugary treats – can be deceptive. While they promise a burst of energy, it’s like a short-lived firework. The insulin response quickly counteracts the initial energy spike from the sugar rush, leaving you in a slump.

Solution: Instead of relying on sugar-laden snacks for an energy lift, it’s better to turn to more nourishing foods. Overloading on sugars doesn’t only cause energy dips, but it also adds unnecessary stress to your body and can lead to long-term health concerns.

Nutrient Gaps in Your Diet

It’s a common misconception that we’re fuelling our bodies as long as we eat. In reality, not everything we consume qualifies as true “fuel”. Foods devoid of essential nutrients can leave you feeling drained, even with a full belly. Focus on including a wholesome protein source and ensure veggies dominate half your plate (and no, potatoes don’t make the cut).

Reminder: Water, our body’s most essential nutrient, often gets overlooked. Dehydration can be a sneaky cause for your tiredness. Ensure you’re sipping enough throughout the day.

The Importance of Invigorating Exercise

Think of your body as a vast city network and the blood as the transportation system. The transport system must operate efficiently to transport oxygen and nutrients to every part of this city (your cells). How? With a regular dose of vigorous exercise. Without it, some areas might receive insufficient supplies, leading to energy shortages.

Bright Side: You don’t have to dread this! Exercise can be exhilarating and fun, especially when done right.

Make Fitness Fun Again!

We get it. The idea of exercising might be the last thing on your mind when you’re feeling drained. But imagine feeling invigorated with a proper supply of oxygen and nutrients reaching every corner of your body. A kick of instant energy and a healthier you in the long run? That’s precisely what every session offers.

Try our online SIZZLE and ZUMBA classes. They’re designed to be incredibly fun and will have you looking forward to your next workout. And the cherry on top? A 14-day free trial, complete with daily email health coaching. Join us, and let’s beat that fatigue together!

About the Author

Lily is a group fitness instructor, licensed Zumba® instructor, certified nutritionist, health coach and co-founder of Dance and Health.

She has been struggling with her weight since early childhood. She was bullied as a teenager, and that’s when her long-lasting yo-yo dieting journey started.
It continued until her twenties, when she finally decided to change and stop following unhealthy weight-loss plans.

She’s passionate about nutrition and educating others about the simplicity of health and well-being.
She firmly believes that physical and mental health is the cornerstone of succeeding in any area, and she loves helping people achieve a more joyful and healthier life.