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Overcoming tiredness at work

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24 Feb 2016
With the darker evenings, cold weather, central heating, big hearty meals, seemingly endless colds and coughs, it is perhaps no wonder that people feel more exhausted in the winter months and with the excitement of Christmas over, the beginning of the new year always seem to be slow.

There are several attributing factors to feeling tired or fatigued, but certainly the symptoms of this; tiredness, memory lapses, difficulty concentrating and slower reaction times are not conducive to being productive in the workplace and certainly if you feel tired, work can feel impossible. Studies have shown that fatigue in the workplace can reduce a workers ability to make decisions, do complex planning, reduces communication skills, attention to detail and ability to handle stress.

Over time, these symptoms and tiredness could affect your quality of life, and thus it is important to combat this, and there are several lifestyle changes you could consider to help you feel more awake.

1. Reduce caffeine – studies have shown that drinking too much caffeine can lead to feeling more tired in the long run. It also takes a long time for caffeine to work its way out of your system, and thus it is best to avoid any form of caffeine in the evening as this can affect sleep.

2. Drink more water – mild dehydration is known to cause tiredness and headaches. Therefore ensure that you are drinking enough fluid during the day to stay hydrated. Whilst at work, it is always a good idea to keep a glass or bottle of water on your desk.

3. Eat regularly – to maintain a healthy balanced diet, it is important to eat regularly and keep snacks healthy. This will help to maintain energy levels and hopefully reduce feelings of tiredness at work.

4. Improved sleep – sleep can be improved by maintaining a regular bedtime and sticking to a routine. It is also a good idea to not have anything that may distract you from sleeping in your bedroom, for example a television, a tablet, mobile phone, books etc. By engaging in any activity like this prior to sleeping will engage your brain, making it more difficult to fall sleep.

5. Exercise – you may think that this may make you feel more tired, however this will actually have the opposite effect in the long run and it will benefit you both physically and mentally by improving mood, quality of sleep and reducing anxiety and stress.

6. Planning your time effectively – it is a good idea to plan your day, both at home and at work to ensure that you deal with outstanding tasks in an effective manner. By doing so, this will also give you time to unwind and relax, which will also help you to sleep better.

Next time you are struggling to get through the working day due to tiredness, it might well be worthwhile having a think about whether you could make small changes to your lifestyle, which could have a great impact on your quality of sleep, and life!
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