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    How much energy do you have in a day?

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    Basically, I feel like I have a lot less energy than I should for my age, status (no kids, etc), health level (nothing critical lately), but my doctors are being pretty dismissive so I am looking for anecdotes from you all to compare.

    I wake up at 6, leave the house by 6:45, get to work at 7:15, work at my desk job until 4, get home at 4:45. Make dinner, watch a little tv or do some crafts, and inevitably by like 7:30-8 pm each night, I am completely exhausted and literally start nodding off no matter what I am doing. I get at least 7.5 hours of sleep a night, good quality sleep (went to sleep doc in November to double check), I am not deficient in any vitamins, not depressed.

    But when I try to talk to my doctor about it, he's like "well... you work a full time job so..." and I'm wondering, is that really all there is to life? I want to sign up for stuff like a painting class after work but it's from 7-8:30 and jeezus, I can't even keep my eyes open at 8:30 some nights. Usually I end up nodding off for ~30 min and then wake up a bit before going to bed by 10. I can't even imagine how people with kids do anything at all.

    So how much energy do you typically have in a day? Do you feel like it's more or less than other people your age? Are you able to do recreational activities in the later evenings or are you too tired? Do you drink a lot of caffeine to help?
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    I think I'm more like you. Left to my own devices I'm in bed around 2000 to 2100. I dont think its necessarily a problem. I usually do my socialising type of stuff on the weekends if I feel like it. (I'm a bit of a homebody so we don't do alot of that) Usually morning or afternoon. I'm a morning person not a night owl at all. So I like to do all my gymming and errands when I am bright eyed and bushy tailed in the morning.

    How's your exersise level? I noticed if I don't do it I tend to get even more tired.
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    I have basically no energy and caffeine barely helps me. I have a little bit of coffee in the morning (not a full cup, no time) but that’s more about the routine than getting caffeinated. I’m sure I don’t get enough sleep either but I definitely feel like I should have more energy for my age + lifestyle. I went to the doctor about my constant fatigue a while ago and they did some blood tests and told me there’s nothing wrong with me but that was also an army doctor sooo who really knows.
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    I notice I feel way more tired in the winter months.

    Even though it sounds terrible after work, working out (running, elliptical, or anything active!) makes me feel SO much better and happier.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rayfinkle View Post
    I notice I feel way more tired in the winter months.

    Even though it sounds terrible after work, working out (running, elliptical, or anything active!) makes me feel SO much better and happier.
    Agreed. I work from home, so I usually get up around 7:30 and work 8-4/4:30. TBH I think working from home enables me to be more of a slob (aka not wear real pants) so I try to make more effort when it comes to working. I'll have a cup of two of coffee each morning too. I usually go straight to the gym after work. It makes me feel really accomplished at the end of the day (writing grants fries my brain) and it also means that after dinner around 8:30 I notice I'm definitely sleepy/tired. I get tired earlier on days I flip flop and go to the gym first thing and/or travel days, too. I typically don't do much during the work week if I'm at home so I really enjoy my quiet early nights. Call me grandma but I love it!
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    I drink at least two cups of coffee a day, and I would be a zombie without it. Otherwise I feel like I have pretty good energy throughout the day. I would look at your exercise level. Most days it is torture getting to the gym after work on top of everything else, but working out three to five times a week makes a huge difference in my energy level and mood. I usually get 7 hours or so of sleep a night too. Even if you can add in a 1/2 hour walk or run when you get home from work that may help your energy level.
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    I workout before work and I find that helps. I can also justify my ridiculously early bedtime that way The biggest thing for me though have been iron supplements, especially in the winter. They've really helped with my energy levels, especially those mid-afternoon crashes. Even when I am not anemic but medical standards, low-iron makes me incredibly lethargic.
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    Working out helps me. I work out in the evening, so I make myself go right after class. Sometimes I need a carb-y preworkout snack (I refuse to take preworkout supplements) to get my energy up, but I also feel more energized after lifting and a quick jog. I was super tired last night and had a paper to write, so I went to the gym before I finished my paper and had enough energy to stay up and finish it. PPs have also mentioned working out, so I think it'd be worth looking at your schedule to see if you can find some time to get active. Do you have time to go on a quick walk during your lunch break?

    Certain supplements do help me. Women's multivitamins with iron help, especially when I'm menstruating. Vitamin D3 also helps energize me in the winter months since I'm not getting enough bare-arm sun exposure this time of year. I drink a lot of coffee, but that's just because I love the taste of it. The caffeine is just a side effect.
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    Thanks ladies, at least I'm not the only sleepy person

    Some more info: I take Vitamin D, biotin, and b-complex already but will consider adding iron. An urgent care doc did ask me if I've ever been anemic when I went a few months ago thinking I had the flu (he didn't test though)

    Also, I do some exercise, DH and I try to take a walk each night and I feel GREAT while actually walking, but as soon as it's over, I'm tired again. Like last night we went out for 30 min or so and I came home and sat down to take off my shoes and actually felt my brain start to go to sleep lol. I can't walk forever though! Over the summer I went swimming most days after work (lap swimming, not just floating around) for at least 30-45 min and while it really helped in the moment, it didn't seem to have any sort of lasting effect on my energy in the evening though. On the weekends we try to go hiking or do a lot of manual labor type stuff around the house (gardening, etc).

    I will try to add walks at my lunch time though!


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    I'm usually up by 8 every morning and up til midnight or later every night. Some days I get about an hour nap in the afternoon. I consume no caffeine the vast majority of days. I am tired every waking moment of my life. I would love to have energy. It would make everything so much less challenging. I'm anemic and B-deficient and my thyroid is broken. All good things to have checked out if you lack energy. Also, you could push for a sleep study to make sure you're actually getting restful sleep.
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