I have a serious energy problem, I think it might be diet related but I'm not sure. I'm sleeping 12-13 hours a day and I'm always tired when I'm awake.
Diet is normal ish I guess, normally something along the lines of
>Porridge and fruit for breakfast
> Cheese/Tuna mayo/Marmite sandwich for lunch
> Dinner varies, but it's almost always self cooked pretty much from scratch, very rarely do I use pre prepared or processed foods, although I will admit the quality of meat I tend to use isn't fantastic, but I'm on a student budget. Would upgrading to fresher meat work?
No soda, ever. Only milk, water, black coffee and occasionally fruit juice.
Any ideas on where there are any issues, or should I just go see a doctor? Guy in early 20s, if it helps.
You are likely oversleeping. Do you think you may have a depression? Your diet doesn't sound too bad.
>Force yourself into a fixed sleeping patten. At least five days a week where you go to sleep at 22 and wake up at 6. Adjust to work/studies but try to sleep before midnight and be awake before 8.
>Never snooze. When the alarm goes off, get out of bed immediately and do something - make coffee, have a shower, read the news, do push-ups. Do not lie down again.
>Get more exercise. This is far more important to energy levels than changing a diet from decent to great. Don't work out just before bedtime.
If you follow these simple steps for a few weeks and don't experience a huge improvement, see a doctor. It could be a virus, something neurological, or something to do with your thyroid.
this really should go in the /fit/ board (health and fitness after all), but here's my two cents
caffeine supresses REM sleep. it also has a half life of around 7 hours (i'm not looking it up, this is out of my memory). so, if you drink coffee after around noon, it's still active in your system at bedtime. this means that you spend the first 8 hours or so cycling through the first 4 layers of sleep, while never getting REM. you either wake up early and exhausted, and use caffeine as a crutch to make it through the day, or you sleep more, until it's cycled out of your system and your body can enter REM sleep. i'd suggest cutting back the caffeine, or at least abstaining after around 12. it also works somewhat similar to ssri (antidepressants), so be careful with that shit op, it's nasty stuff.
source: i was addicted to caffeine for 15 years or so, i used to sleep 12-13 hours a night, or not sleep at all (depending on how much i drank that day)
Try Liverite maybe.
I take it, works best if you take two in morning and two around 6-8 hours later.
They added sustains energy" to the bottle because so many people said it was a side effect