Do you constantly feel exhausted and drained? Do you wake up tired, struggle through the day, and count the hours until you can crawl in bed at night?
I know the feeling VERY well. I struggled with fatigue for years and it was HARD! I lacked focus with my work and the energy to fully enjoy my life. I was just “getting by.”
At the time, I thought what I was feeling was “normal” and just the side effect of being busy. But I eventually learned that I could be busy and STILL have plenty of energy.
YOU can Control Your Energy Levels
Believe it or not, your energy levels are within your control. While you may think you’re destined to live with fatigue forever and that it’s just part of who you are – this is NOT the case.
There are likely some key ways that you’re unknowingly sabotaging your energy. I saw this with myself and I see it with most of my clients.
While in the short term it might be a bit of a bummer to learn that you’re getting in your own way, in the long term, this is great news! It means your problems are fixable, and who doesn’t want to hear that?
In today’s post, I’m going to teach you one of the ways you may be unintentionally causing your low energy, and how to fix it!
Without further ado, here’s one thing that is keeping you tired.
Using Caffeine as an Energy Boost
Trust me, I know exactly what it’s like to wake up in the morning just craving that coffee, eyes glued shut until you have the cup o’ joe in your hands. I was grumpy and unable to function until I had my coffee. I’d feel better once I got my morning jolt, but then my energy levels consistently crashed in the afternoon.
I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was actually addicted to caffeine, and my body relied on it for a boost. No matter what I tried, I couldn’t get through the day without it.
When we drink caffeinated beverages, our brain tells our pituitary gland to release adrenaline and cortisol. These are stress hormones that put our body into the same state it would be in if we were trying to flee an attacking tiger.
When your body gets a dose of caffeine, it acts as though it’s in danger. Once this heightened feeling passes, your hormone-induced alertness dips drastically, causing the caffeine “crash” that results in wanting more. Why the caffeine crash you might ask? Well, caffeine blocks the sleep-promoting neurotransmitter, adenosine, from getting into the cells. Adenosine is still being produced however, so it builds up while the caffeine is keeping you awake. But, when the caffeine wears off, adenosine floods into the brain’s cells causing excess drowsiness.
Worse yet, adenosine and caffeine affect your sleep. When you drink caffeinated beverages later in the day, you are accumulating more adenosine, too. This leads to that ‘wired’ feeling at night. Then, when the caffeine finally wears off at midnight, your body and brain get flooded with adenosine leading to that exhausted feeling in the morning and the need to grab the cup of coffee to fully wake up.
If you want to have good, stable energy all day long, sleep well, and wake up refreshed, you may want to wean yourself off caffeine, especially after noon.
I can hardly wait to share more energy tips with you. Stay tuned …….