Your messy desk
How can a mess do anything other than, well, look messy? According to Princeton psychology professor Sabine Kastner, it pulls your brain in too many directions and tires you out over time. “Whatever you look for dominates your brain signals so much,” she explains. As a result, the brain focuses more on what it’s looking for instead of what it’s actually seeing. A few minutes of sorting, purging, and organising can let your brain take a much-deserved rest – and let you channel energy elsewhere.
An out-of-whack thyroid
Sometimes, a lack of energy is a physical condition – like hypothyroidism, which is an underactive thyroid. The thyroid dictates so many of the body’s functions that when it slows down, you can’t help but follow suit. Fatigue is just one symptom. If you’re also experiencing weight gain, dry skin, and an increased sensitivity to cold, talk to your doctor. Thyroid hormone replacement therapy can bring balance to your body.
That wine you had last night
A glass of wine at the end of a long day can feel relaxing and help you drift off to dreamland, but it ultimately disrupts sleep, leading to a tired tomorrow. According to WebMD, a review of 27 studies revealed that drinking before bed disrupts the part of sleep that’s supposed to be restorative – your REM sleep. The more you drink at night-time, the worse the disruption. The solution? Cut back on the booze, and don’t rely on it as a sleep aid.