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Daytime fatigue is a problem that affects many people, for a variety of different reasons. Combating sleepiness during the day is important for those who are employed or in school and need to be alert and focused during the afternoons. There are a few tips given by medical professionals to avoid exhaustion during the day.
The first tip is to make sure to get plenty of sleep every night. Most adults require the standard eight hours, but many do not give themselves enough hours of shut-eye. Those who suffer with insomnia may consider meditation, prescription or over the counter sleep aids, or relaxation techniques. The second tip is to start the day off with a good breakfast. This will help the body to begin the day properly. Eating smaller meals throughout the day can also increase energy levels, since a large afternoon meal can cause the brain to shut down.
Some may think that caffeine will help to fight the feelings of sleepiness, and will sip coffee or energy drinks all day. This can be a good option in moderation, but caffeine in large doses can actually cause the heart to race and eliminate good sleep habits. Depression can also be a cause of fatigue, so obtaining help from a licensed professional may help with this issue. Those who struggle with sleep apnea might not be getting enough sleep at night without even knowing that this is a problem, so getting treatment for this can be helpful.
Being tired all day every day is not normal. There are ways to fight this and enjoy plenty of hours of productivity all through the afternoons.