Lack of energy leading to lack of motivation

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    Apr 24, 2008 8:28 PM GMT
    I have been having major troubles in the last month or two in getting myself to the gym. I first thought it was just a general lack of motivation, but I've since realized that every time I decide to skip the gym, the other option that I go with is an afternoon nap because I'm often tired and lacking energy.

    Now, I know a good part of the reason for this is lack of sleep. Unfortunately, I'm not sure how much I can solve that. I have two jobs, one that I have to get up at 5:30 am for and another that doesn't get finished until about 9:00 pm. So, by the time I get home from work, and make and eat dinner I only end up getting 6 or so hours of sleep at night. While I have a few hours time in the afternoon that I could be getting to the gym, I quite often opt for that nap because I'm so tired from not getting a good 8 or so hours.

    So, does anyone have any suggestions as to how to boost my energy in the afternoon so that I won't have such a lack of motivation?
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    Apr 25, 2008 3:39 AM GMT
    Change something about your work schedules. Healthy employees are happy employees, and they work more efficiently.
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    Apr 26, 2008 8:47 PM GMT
    Can't you give up one of the jobs?

    I'm exhausted just imagining your schedule. icon_neutral.gif
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    Apr 26, 2008 10:14 PM GMT
    Sedative saidCan't you give up one of the jobs?

    I'm exhausted just imagining your schedule. icon_neutral.gif


    I am quitting one of them in a couple of weeks, and will of course my whole schedule will go out the door in a month. I'm sort of looking for something to tide me over in the meantime, however.
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    Apr 26, 2008 10:38 PM GMT
    The fatigue could be a combination of diet and lack of sleep. Make sure you are eating right and at the right times. avoid sugary stuff like soda. and I know its hard but working out will actually increase your energy. you know that as well as i do.
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    Apr 27, 2008 11:00 AM GMT
    Chewey_Delt said

    I am quitting one of them in a couple of weeks, and will of course my whole schedule will go out the door in a month. I'm sort of looking for something to tide me over in the meantime, however.


    Good then. Going on like that would seriously damage your health in the long run methinks. It's bad when your sleep patterns are interrupted. Been there in college once. I was totally a zombie. LOL

    I dunno bout this, but fruit usually helps me when I'm tired. hehe. Citrus fruits and bananas usually perk me up. Also a good (hot then cold) shower and some scent (or even just that soap smell) or exposure to sunlight.
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    Apr 28, 2008 9:51 AM GMT
    In addition to the sugary foods suggestion, I would be careful of caffeine intake (including colas and other soft drinks). I used to be a major caffeine junky (6 cups of coffee a day) and it had a terrible "rebound" effect. It perks you up then you crash later. BTW I would love to get 6 hours sleep a day, I have been averaging 4-4.5 hours. Combination of medication side effects and aging. icon_cry.gif
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    Apr 29, 2008 10:44 AM GMT
    It may sound silly, but once and a while a power nap will help.
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    May 02, 2008 12:06 AM GMT
    honestly if you get a meal break at your second job skip dinner and head straight to bed. The other option is energy drinks. There are a few good ones on the market that are all natural and dont have the crashing effect afterwards,
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    May 02, 2008 12:34 AM GMT
    Wow I am going crazy imagining that schedule. I have been ending up getting about the same amount of sleep though, mostly because I keep waking up too early in the morning. As some others said, sometimes I find a nap really useful, if I'm really tired I will lay down and set my cell phone alarm for 20 minutes later and take a power nap. I always feel a lot better. Taking too long of naps make me sleep. Maybe nap 2 days and work out 3 or something like that. Or try to fit more working out in on the weekends and just go once or twice on the weekdays. Sleep is important.
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    May 03, 2008 9:14 AM GMT
    PhxAriz08 saidDo normal people usually take a nap about 15 mins or 20 mins? How long?


    Some specialists suggest a 15 to 20 minute nap is healthy. Many people though are not nappers, including me. My partner though on the weekends loves to nap, and it usually lasts up to an hour. I have started doing it as well because I rarely sleep at night it seems (thus on RJ at 5:14 AM).