The kitchen looked like a war zone. It was 10 A.M., and last night's dirty dishes were still piled on the counter. I was in my bathrobe, my son was in his pajamas, and I didn't have one speck of energy or motivation to handle the five thousand things demanding my attention. As I shuffled along, picking up dishes, I moaned softly to myself, Why am I so tired?
Thankfully, we don't have to drag ourselves through life constantly running on empty. In fact, the Bible actually promises us "abundant" life. John 10:10 says, "I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly"(NASB).
Obviously, prolonged, extreme tiredness may be a symptom of a larger problem such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or depression. In those instances, you should seek medical help. But what about the otherwise healthy body that daily desires an afternoon nap or a fresh burst of energy (that's not caffeine-induced)? I've discovered a few tips that have increased my energy. If you've been dragging lately, they may energize you too.
Get to Bed, Sleepyhead
Sleep is essential for rebuilding your body—so stop feeling guilty about insisting on having enough of it! But how much sleep do you really need? Experts say it depends on the person. Ideally, you should be able to wake up without an alarm clock. If you're constantly jerked out of a deep sleep by the alarm or if you usually feel drowsy during the day, you need more sleep. In order to get it, try these sleep-friendly habits.1