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15 March 2019

"Yeah I'm fine, just tired"

This is usually my response when someone asks me if I'm ok or just look withdrawn. I can imagine that's our main response when we don't feel ourselves, given how busy our lives are, it's not surprising that we're feeling the strain of tiredness. Some days I need matchsticks to hold up my eyelids and about a quarter of a tube of concealer to cover my darkened eyes.



Nightshirt // Boux Avenue


I love sleep like the next person. Sometimes I'm an early riser, especially when I have to go to work, the 6am alarm is a killer. I feel like chucking my phone across the room when the alarm goes off! On the weekends however, I'm like a hedgehog and will sleep for as long as I can! I'm a complete lazy bugger on Saturday and Sunday, well, I've got to make the most of my sleeping time haven't I?!



CF has it's part to play with my tiredness, taking about 20 different medications, doing physiotherapy twice a day and exercising for an hour a day, wouldn't you be knackered as well?!



As it's World Sleep Day today, I thought it would be an ideal post to offer some tips on how to overcome the tiredness that creeps upon us everyday:



EAT  OFTEN
So apparently eating regularly can improve your sleep. Hmm, this one took me a little while to figure out why, but I kind of get it now. Rather than eating a huge meal less often throughout the day, if you eat regular meals along with healthy snacks every 3-4 hours, then it can give you lots of energy to get your through the day. Eating every 3-4 hours is always going to sound good though isn't it?!
 
 
 
KEEP  ON  MOVING
Even though exercising will be the last thing on your mind when you are feeling absolutely shattered and you feel like you can sleep for 4 days, however, exercising can really boost your energy levels, making feel less tired over the day. I love exercising anyway and when I don't feel like sweating my tits off on the treadmill, sometimes a good workout can really wake me up and feel more motivated to do things!
 
 
 
SLEEP  WELL
Ok, don't give me that look, hear me out a minute. Getting enough sleep at night will (obviously) give you enough energy for the next day. A couple of ways to help get a good night's sleep at night is to have a bedtime routine and also winding down before going to bed. Maybe a Lush bath bomb bath and a good book should do the trick, well, it does for me anyway.
 
 
 
 


KEEP  HYDRATED
One fact I have learnt from going to about 547 hospital appointments in my lifetime (an estimated guess, I'm not keeping count I swear!) is keeping hydrated can have so many health benefits, one of which is to help tiredness. It's good to drink plenty of water after exercising, as you're replacing the energy cells that disappear after pounding on the treadmill or going on a several mile run.
 
 
 
 
 
What are your tips and advice on overcoming tiredness?
 
 
 
Lucy
 
 
 
 
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40 comments:

  1. Some really good advice here! I get tired a lot so I need to take some on board. I do drink a lot of water though and that helps, and I also make sure I’m not too warm or too cold because that affects how I sleep!

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  2. Great post! As a fellow sleep lover that can't seem to ever get enough, I agree with all of these things. Also, your photos are so cute! Thank you for sharing your tips.

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  3. I love those pyjamas!! I didn't realise that eating regularly affects sleep. When I was in my teens I used to take kalms, and when they didn't work I used to try herbal teas. I /hate/ chamomile, but that always helped. Loved reading this!

    Bex

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    1. I’ve never tried Kalms, I don’t like the thought of taking tablets to help me to sleep! I’m not a fan of chamomile tea either!

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  4. I have the same problem with tiredness. I am tired all the time! I agree with drinking water, apparently eating apples also makes you feel more awake? Splashing cold water on your face as well is quite refreshing.
    Laura / https://www.laustworld.com

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    1. Ooh I never knew apple had an effect like that! I usually splash water on my face when I’m feeling too hot!

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  5. Great tips. Keep moving is a good one.

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  6. These tips are absolutely amazing, and I know for a fact that these tips actually do help. When I first got into fitness and started to change my lifestyle for the better, I found that despite what you may assume, exercising really does increase your energy levels. It's also very important to stay hydrated. I may need to look into eating a little more regularly than I am! But I have been taking steps to try to sleep better (having a bedtime routine, putting my phone on the other side of the room... I may also try using the downtime feature in iOS 12 when I get my new phone so I'm not as tempted).

    Anyways... this is such a lovely post! I also found that these things also help quite a bit with boosting my overall mood, and relieve anxiety and depression quite a bit. I still have those days, and tired days... but healthy habits do help.

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    1. I always used to assume that exercise would make me more tired but like you said it honestly doesn't! I always stay away from my phone when I sleep at night, I even turn it off!

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  7. Hey Lucy
    Fab post i suffer with bad sleep and my shifts don't help! I always struggle to drop off when i need to and end up lying awake when i need to be sleeping! 💤
    I've worked out i need some vitamin B though so we shall see if that helps me out at all!
    Xoxo

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    1. I hope the Vitamin B helps you out Sarah!

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  8. Actually, this is something I am truly bad at. I come from a family of night owls, we are literally incapable of going to sleep in a normal hour. I do agree that exercising and hydration can help with keeping more energized even on little sleep. I crash over the weekend and lucky enough to have a partner who lets me sleep till noon if I have to:)

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    1. You lucky thing having a partner who lets you sleep in that late during the day Madi!

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  9. Some great advice! I think I echo you, reading before sleep really helps (unless its a really gripping book and you want to keep reading!) I swear by popping a little bit of lavender on my pillows, great for unwinding. The Lush sleep cream is brilliant too!
    Great post!

    Aimsy xoxo

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    1. That's the one little snag with reading before going to bed, if you're really gripped by the book, you end up staying up into the early hours of the morning reading it! I never thought of using lavender on my pillows to help with sleep! x

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  10. HiAimsy, ,thanks for these tips. I also think when someone is making a comment to say you look tired I think they psychologically are wanting to ask what's up but don't want to approach on that topic. I'm also like you I can sleep for long time on a weekend!

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    1. That's so true Alex! I think people are fishing for gossip or being nosey when they say you look tired!

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  11. Great tip about drinking water after exercising, I always drink plenty when I'm in the gym and completely forget to when I leave. Will definitely be making a conscious effort to change that! Thanks :) Xx

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    1. I'm one for forgetting to drink after exercising too! xx

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  12. I work a 10-hour shift during the week, so I'm a lazy bugger too on Saturday and Sunday. Getting enough sleeo helps me beat tiredness.

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  13. So I have insomnia quite badly and my body is very used to running on little sleep and a lot of coffee at this point. But I actually find that exercising really helps me sleep! An evening run always helps me sleep better. Totally agree about keeping hydrated though, it's amazing what difference a bit more water can make x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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    1. An evening run sounds like a good idea Sophie! x

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  14. Great tips! I really need to incorporate more exercise into my daily routine. I've been feeling so sluggish lately and its really no fun haha You've got me sold on the lush bath bomb and a good book before bed though! :)

    Renee @ Maritime Mama

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    1. I hate that sluggish feeling Renee, it makes you feel so lethargic and unenergized

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  15. I love that Boux Avenue set! I have to admit that while I get tired quite a lot, it's not for lack of sleep haha, I definitely think that drinking more water helps with energy though!
    Soph - https://sophhearts.com/ x

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    1. Thank you Soph! Drinking water is something I need to do more of! x

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  16. These are great tips. Stay hydrated is so important.

    Nina's Style Blog

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  17. Can't agree more with this post. I am trying to drink as much water as I can, but it is such a struggle. It is so important though.

    www.SatinOfLux.com | Fashion Blog | by Dessy Markova

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    1. I find drinking water a struggle on a daily basis Dessy, but like you said, it's so important to do that!

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  18. I think we should invest on our self like self love and this is pretty helpful.
    Thanks for sharing

    Much Love,
    BLOG | INSTAGRAM | YOUTUBE

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  19. Some great tips, I always feel tired, I don't know when there's a day I don't! But I have heard eating more often throughout the day can help, so I try and have some snacks with me at work so every so often I can just eat some fruit to keep me going!

    Chloe xx

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    1. I do like eating fruit during the day, it keeps me full and I'm getting my 5 a day, two birds with one stone eh?! xx

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  20. Great post! I often get hit with the mid afternoon slump. Around 2 or 3pm, I'll get overwhelmingly tired and just need a nap! Staying hydrated definitely helps and eating small but regular meals. If I don't eat for too long, I get really sluggish and tired!

    Jenny in Neverland

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    1. Usually for me it’s about the 7-8pm mark I start to feel sluggish and sleepy! I’ve started eating a lot more regularly now and it’s working!

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