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5 Energy Vampires that are Draining You

What Could Be Making You Lethargic?


Warning: Vampire in the Vicinity! Image: Public Domain

Warning: Vampire in the Vicinity!
Image: Public Domain


Feeling tired from time to time is normal. We all lose a few hours of sleep every now and then and wake up more sluggish than normal. Sometimes, an extra hard day at work can leave you feeling drained.

When you’re constantly feeling tired, however, it may be time to reassess things. You may not realize it but some regular fixtures in your life may be the cause of your fatigue. Here are 5 energy zappers that may be bringing you down.

  1. Sugar

Everyone enjoys the occasional doughnut. Also a chocolate bar. Or bagel. Or slice of cake. Or candy. Or actually anything with high sugar. After all, they’re not just delicious. They also give a quick energy boost.

Unfortunately, the energy from sugary foods doesn’t last. And soon enough, you’ll find yourself crashing and feeling low. So if you find yourself indulging in sweet treats too often, then it’s time to cut the sugar off.

You can do this by ensuring you have healthy snacks on hand all the time. This way, when you feel the hunger pangs, you can resist the temptation of the office vendor machine chock-full of manufactured sugary goodness. You can eat protein rich foods like whole grain crackers or fresh fruit instead. These will give you actual goodness and won’t leave you tired later on.

  1. Negative people

Some people are so naturally positive that they can’t help bringing sunshine into your life. These people are bursting with energy, almost crackling with electricity and filling you up with their presence. And then there are those people that leave you feeling stressed even after a short conversation. These people are just plain exhausting. They may be obnoxious. They may be meek. They may be the drama queens. Those who feel like the world is always out to get them. Those who are always whining and complaining. Whatever form they take, they always, always suck your energy dry until you can’t help but feel your chest tightening and your head starting to ache. You’re suddenly tired and stressed and irritable and unhappy.

These are the people you need to avoid. You need to walk away before their negativity infects you. Remember you may not be able to change them, but you can change the way you react to them. So take a deep breath and focus on something else until you feel your own tension slipping away. Or better, yet, just avoid these people altogether.

  1. Caffeine

Contrary to popular belief, coffee, or anything caffeinated really, can also make you feel tired. Sure, caffeine can provide you with an energy boost. But if you need to sleep but ingest caffeine instead because you need to be up longer, you are messing with the body’s natural cycles. The caffeine may make you feel wired and hyper and unable to sleep. Come the next morning, you’ll find yourself tired again.

If you must drink coffee or cola near your bedtime, try the non-caffeinated alternatives.



  1. Exercise

Exercise is good for the body. You may have heard about exercise releasing feel-good hormones, endorphins, in the brain. It’s also good for general overall health and well-being.

However, just like everything else, too much or too little of it can be bad. If you don’t work out, the body naturally becomes sluggish. But working out too much will deplete energy reserves and suppress the immune system.

  1. Sleep

This one’s a no-brainer. If you don’t sleep enough, you’re not giving your body the chance to rest and recover from the many stresses during the day. Losing sleep on a regular basis can cause stress and illness. And the hours that you missed all add up. That means losing 2 hours of sleep daily can you put you at a sleep deficit of 14 hours a week. Before you know it, you’ll just be playing catch up and sleeping on every chance you get.

So strengthen your sleep pattern. Eliminate sleep busters like noise, anxiety, caffeine and alcohol. Start and maintain a sleep ritual. Make sure you have a regular sleep and wake pattern.

You need energy to go through daily activities. Ensure you have enough by getting rid of energy vampires.

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19 January 2015

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