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What to do when you lack energy.

Feeling dragged out and the day's hardly begun? Is bed calling your name as soon as supper's over? You got enough sleep the night before, so why are you so tired? Many doctors say fatigue is their patients' number one complaint. Before assuming you have a serious health condition and undergoing a series of tests at the doctor’s office, you may want to try a few home remedies for relieving fatigue. They're simple, pain-free, and may be just what you need to get your energy back.

So don't fall asleep just yet. Keep reading to learn five things you can do to feel refreshed and renewed.

Tip #1: Get Moving

Exercise may be the last thing you feel like doing when you're tired, but it's one of the best ways to boost your energy level. Instead of crawling into bed to take a nap, consider working out. Physical activity enhances the function of your muscles, heart, and lungs so your body uses energy more efficiently today, tomorrow, and the next day. Endorphins kick in and your mood improves.

Exercise in the great outdoors and you'll feel energized by the fresh air. Plan to work out several days a week. When you're feeling a slump in the afternoon, get up and move around or do some bodyweight exercises. Any type of exercise will do the trick, whether it’s jogging, swimming, walking, dancing, or weight lifting.

Tip #2: Eat Right

Food is the fuel that gives your body the energy it needs to function. It's easy to fill up on junk that zaps your energy. Unhealthy fats, greasy and fried foods, sugary drinks, and simple carbs may give you a jolt of energy and a spike in blood sugar, but they’re sure to leave you feeling worse when they wear off and your blood sugar plummets.

To avoid feeling like you're running on empty, fill up on whole foods that are high in fiber, protein, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats. Instead, eat several smaller meals throughout the day to keep your blood sugar at a steady level.

Tip #3: Drink Up

Dehydration is a common cause of fatigue and a lack of concentration. Keep a water bottle nearby to sip on throughout the day. Water, unsweetened tea, and coffee are healthy drink options, but limit sodas and other sweet drinks that give a temporary pick-me-up but later leave you feeling sluggish. Remember that alcohol is a depressant and lowers your blood sugar. So when you feel tired, alcohol will only make you feel more tired.

Tip #4: Manage Stress

Unchecked stress can take a toll on your mental and physical stamina. More than half of all cases of fatigue are likely related to psychological issues like stress, anxiety, and depression. Find healthy ways of managing your stress and you'll feel a boost in energy. Talk with a counselor, listen to upbeat music, exercise, hang out with friends, spend time relaxing, or do something you enjoy.

Tip #5: Take a Nap

Some cultures make afternoon siestas a priority. A 20-minute power nap in the afternoon, followed by a cup of caffeinated coffee, may just be what your body needs to make it until bedtime. Nap longer than 20 minutes and your efforts will certainly backfire.

Don’t have an opportunity to catch a quick snooze? No problem. Just be sure you're getting at least seven to nine hours of sleep each night to help prevent daytime sleepiness.