Clarity of mind and increased energy

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    Aug 16, 2007 3:00 AM GMT
    So I was reading the post on yawning, and that led me to think about why we yawn; which, in turn, led me to realize I feel way too tired for my age...

    I was wondering, therefore, what some of you do to keep energetic. I understand that excercise leads to having more energy, and I'm excercising, but at the end of the day and in the mornings....I feel just plain beat.

    How do y'all stay energetic? More importantly, I've started to notice more and more that my mind just doesn't seem as keen as it once was.....it's as if I'm too tired to focus as well as I once had. I mean, I used to be able to study or take in huge amounts of information and still walk away feeling refreshed...

    Vitamins? Minerals? Herbs? Alternative medicines?

    Just curious...
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    Aug 16, 2007 4:44 AM GMT

    When was the last time you had a physical with complete blood work done?

    Your tiredness might be as simple as a iron or vitamin deficiency.

    A couple years ago I was getting very worn down.

    I told my Doc, and after some blood work, the Doc put me on an Iron supplement in addition to my daily multi vitamin.

    I was slightly anemic.

    The difference was amazing.

    Talk to your Doc.

    Good Luck.

    R

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    Aug 16, 2007 4:51 AM GMT
    It depends - how do you define "too tired" for your age? Everyone has different energy levels.

    The first thing I'd look to is how well you sleep. Nothing rejuvenates like a good restful night of it... and sometimes it is the little things that people don't think about that can contribute - white noise, lighting, the matress pad, etc.
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    Aug 16, 2007 11:22 AM GMT

    Frankly you are a 19 yo male and should be near the peak of your physical, mental, and sexual abilities.

    If you feel you are not - See a Doctor ASAP.

    R
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    Aug 16, 2007 4:17 PM GMT
    Maybe you're not getting enough sleep.
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    Aug 16, 2007 4:24 PM GMT
    "I was wondering, therefore, what some of you do to keep energetic."

    I'm never tired & barely sleep. Never have. The family joke is that it's cuz my initials are NRG (energy) but I just always go and go and don't get tired. Was prescribed sleeping pills once and I was amazed to feel what drowsy felt like. Actually I thought it felt good.
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    Aug 16, 2007 4:29 PM GMT
    If it were me (which it was, in the past), I'd begin with the very basics. Make sure you get 8 hr. sleep every night, preferably at the same time of evening, but I know that's not always possible. I'd also make sure you're drinking 1/2 gallon of water a day. Drink two glasses just as you wake up (yes I know it's hardest then). It'll start up your body very quickly.

    Beyond that, I've found yerba mate tea to be better for me than coffee (although I'm back on my Dunkin' Donuts kick right now). Anyway, you don't get the post-buzz crash with yerba mate. It's stimulating but mild and makes you feel smarter and more clear headed than the mental chaos that caffeine can sometimes create. Just in case you are drinking or considering drinking coffee.

    I stay away from fast food or food with lots of additives and preservatives. I'm not a doc, but I'm guessing it tires a body out to have to sort out all that junk from the nutritive properties.

    Of course drugs and alcohol also throw things out of whack, but I don't know if this is a factor for you.

    Best of luck.
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    Aug 16, 2007 4:40 PM GMT
    Sometimes you just have to take a break from the routine. R&R. Even if your "daily grind" is doing something that you really like. Everything is better, when you come back.

    It's something that I've learned the hard way, in project management. Many of the projects that I've worked on involve intense round-the-clock work in remote field locations. Everyone is focused on putting in as many hours as possible, because there are deadlines and the burn rate on the budgets is frightening. When people get worn out, mistakes start happening. The whole project can go downhill or someone can actually get injured. It's far better to just shut down and send everybody to the beach at least once a week.