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14 Reasons You’re Tired All the Time

14 Reasons You’re Tired All the Time


14 Reasons You’re Tired All the Time

Posted: 08 Jun 2014 11:00 AM PDT

Lack of sleep isn’t the only thing sapping your energy. Little things you do (and don’t do) can exhaust you both mentally and physically, which can make getting through your day a chore. Here, experts reveal common bad habits that can make you feel tired, plus simple lifestyle tweaks that will put the pep back in your step.

You skip exercise when you’re tired

Skipping your workout to save energy actually works against you. In a University of Georgia study, sedentary but otherwise healthy adults who began exercising lightly three days a week for as little as 20 minutes at a time reported feeling less fatigued and more energized after six weeks. Regular exercise boosts strength and endurance, helps make your cardiovascular system run more efficiently, and delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues. So next time you’re tempted to crash on the couch, at least go for a brisk walk—you won’t regret it.

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You don’t drink enough water

Being even slightly dehydrated—as little as 2% of normal fluid loss—takes a toll on energy levels, says Amy Goodson, RD, a dietitian for Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine. Dehydration causes a reduction in blood volume, explains Goodson, which makes the blood thicker. This requires your heart to pump less efficiently, reducing the speed at which oxygen and nutrients reach your muscles and organs. To calculate your normal fluid needs, take your weight in pounds, divide in half and drink that number of ounces of fluid a day, Goodson recommends.

You’re not consuming enough iron

An iron deficiency can leave you feeling sluggish, irritable, weak, and unable to focus. “It makes you tired because less oxygen travels to the muscles and cells,” says Goodson. Boost your iron intake to reduce your risk of anemia: load up on lean beef, kidney beans, tofu, eggs (including the yolk), dark green leafy vegetables, nuts, and peanut butter, and pair them with foods high in vitamin C (vitamin C improves iron absorption when eaten together), suggests Goodson. Note: an iron deficiency may be due to an underlying health problem, so if you’re experiencing these symptoms of iron deficiency, you should visit your doc.

Health.com: 15 Signs You May Have an Iron Deficiency

You’re a perfectionist

Striving to be perfect—which, let’s face it, is impossible—makes you work much harder and longer than necessary, says Irene S. Levine, PhD, professor of psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine. “You set goals that are so unrealistic that they are difficult or impossible to achieve, and in the end, there is no sense of self-satisfaction.” Levine recommends setting a time limit for yourself on your projects, and taking care to obey it. In time, you’ll realize that the extra time you were taking wasn’t actually improving your work.

You make mountains out of molehills

If you assume that you’re about to get fired when your boss calls you into an unexpected meeting, or you’re too afraid to ride your bike because you worry you’ll get into an accident, then you’re guilty of “catastrophizing,” or expecting that the worst-case scenario will always occur. This anxiety can paralyze you and make you mentally exhausted, says Levine. When you catch yourself having these thoughts, take a deep breath and ask yourself how likely it is that the worst really will happen. Getting outdoors, meditating, exercising, or sharing your concerns with a friend may help you better cope and become more realistic.

Health.com: 12 Signs You May Have an Anxiety Disorder

You skip breakfast

The food you eat fuels your body, and when you sleep, your body continues using what you consumed at dinner the night before to keep your blood pumping and oxygen flowing. So, when you wake up in the morning, you need to refuel with breakfast. Skip it, and you’ll feel sluggish. “Eating breakfast is like starting a fire in your body by kickstarting your metabolism,” Goodson says. Goodson recommends a breakfast that includes whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fat. Good examples include oatmeal with protein powder and a dab of peanut butter; a smoothie made with fruit, protein powder, low-fat milk, and almond butter; or eggs with two slices of whole-wheat toast and low-fat Greek yogurt.

You live on junk food

Foods loaded with sugar and simple carbs (like the ones you’ll find in a box or at the drive-thru window) rank high on the glycemic index (GI), an indicator of how rapidly carbohydrates increase blood sugar. Constant blood sugar spikes followed by sharp drops cause fatigue over the course of the day, says Goodson. Keep blood sugar steady by having a lean protein along with a whole grain at every meal, says Goodson. Good choices include chicken (baked, not fried) and brown rice, salmon and sweet potato, or salad with chicken and fruit.

You have trouble saying ‘no’

People-pleasing often comes at the expense of your own energy and happiness. To make matters worse, it can make you resentful and angry over time. So whether it’s your kid’s coach asking you to bake cookies for her soccer team or your boss seeing if you can work on a Saturday, you don’t have to say yes. Train yourself to say ‘no’ out loud, suggests Susan Albers, a licensed clinical psychologist with Cleveland Clinic and author of Eat.Q.: Unlock the Weight-Loss Power of Emotional Intelligence. “Try it alone in your car,” she says. “Hearing yourself say the word aloud makes it easier to say it when the next opportunity calls for it.”

You have a messy office

A cluttered desk mentally exhausts you by restricting your ability to focus and limits your brain’s ability to process information, according to a Princeton University study. “At the end of each day, make sure your work and personal items are organized and put away,” suggests Lombardo. “It will help you have a positive start to your day the next morning.” If your office needs major reorganizing, avoid becoming totally overwhelmed by taking it one step at a time: start by tidying what you can see, then move through your desk and cabinets drawer by drawer.

You work through vacation

Checking your email when you should be relaxing by the pool puts you at risk of burnout, says Lombardo. Unplugging and allowing yourself to truly unwind allows your mind and body to rejuvenate and return to the office stronger. “When you truly take breaks, you will be more creative, productive, and effective when you return,” says Lombardo.

You have a glass of wine (or two) before bed

A nightcap sounds like a good way to unwind before falling asleep, but it can easily backfire. Alcohol initially depresses the central nervous system, producing a sedative effect, says Allen Towfigh, MD, medical director of New York Neurology & Sleep Medicine, P.C., in New York City. “But it ultimately sabotages sleep maintenance.” Alcohol creates a rebound effect as it’s metabolized, which creates an abrupt surge in the adrenaline system, he says. This is why you’re more likely to wake up in the middle of the night after you’ve been drinking. Dr. Towfigh recommends stopping all alcohol three to four hours before bedtime.

You check e-mails at bedtime

The glaring light of a tablet, smartphone, or your computer’s backlit screen can throw off your body’s natural circadian rhythm by suppressing melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate sleep and wake cycles, says Dr. Towfigh. Sensitivity to the digital glow of tech toys can vary from person to person, but in general it’s a good idea to avoid all technology for one to two hours before bedtime, he says. Can’t avoid checking your device before your head hits the pillow? Then hold it at least 14 inches away from your face to reduce the risk of sleep interference.

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You rely on caffeine to get through the day

Starting your morning with a java jolt is no big deal—in fact, studies show that up to three daily cups of coffee is good for you—but using caffeine improperly can seriously disrupt your sleep-wake cycle, says Dr. Towfigh. Caffeine blocks adenosine, the byproduct of active cells that drives you to sleep as it accumulates, he explains. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine revealed that consuming caffeine even six hours prior to bedtime affects sleep, so cut yourself off by mid-afternoon and watch out for these surprising sources of caffeine.

You stay up late on weekends

Burning the midnight oil on Saturday night and then sleeping in Sunday morning leads to difficulty falling asleep Sunday night—and a sleep-deprived Monday morning, says Dr. Towfigh. Since staying in can cramp your social life, try to wake up close to your normal time the following morning, and then take a power nap in the afternoon. “Napping for 20 minutes or so allows the body to recharge without entering the deeper stages of sleep, which can cause you to wake up more tired,” he says.

This article originally appeared on Health.com.

The Fault in Our Stars Falls to Earth

Posted: 08 Jun 2014 10:40 AM PDT

The stars didn’t shine so bright Saturday night. The Fault in Our Stars, the cancer romancer based on John Green’s best-seller, earned $12.6 million, tumbling 51.6% from its first-day gross. Starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as the afflicted teens, TFIOS will finish the weekend with $48.2 million.

That’s an impressive figure for a movie with a minuscule $12 million production budget. And you can’t feel sorry for a little drama that earned nearly $20 million more than Tom Cruise’s Edge of Tomorrow, whose cost was nearly 15 times that of TFIOS. Cruise’s sci-fi action thriller also will finish behind the $33.5 million earned by Angelina Jolie’s Disney fantasy Maleficent in its second week.

But the TFIOS haul is a little disappointing for industry forecasters who only yesterday were predicting a weekend haul as high as $57 million. Those estimates were fueled by the gangbusters $26.1-million Friday opening, which includes $8.2 million for Thursday evening previews—some charging a $25 ticket price for the movie plus a satellite hookup with Green and his young stars.

(READ: How the stars aligned to give Fault a fabulous Friday)

How to explain the big balloon of attendance for TFIOS, and then the needle that let the air out? First, the movie had a large fan base eager to see it, and second, most of them saw it the first day. The social media blitz spearheaded by Green, which herded the Fault-heads into theaters, remained a cult phenomenon. The fever didn’t spread sufficiently to customers not in on the Absolute Necessity of Seeing This Movie Now.

The CinemaScore survey of first-night attendees garnered TFIOS a perfect “A” rating. (Edge of Tomorrow pulled a B-plus.) And of course it would: Early on, the Green faithful were out in force. But the demographics are telling. An astonishing 82% of ticket buyers were female, and 80% were under 25. These numbers suggest that girls went in packs, without their boyfriends or parents. And not many of those groups went on their own. Maybe the infidel majority thought: Ewww, cancer. Or, even more toxic in this jaded age, Ugh, sentiment. There’s no crying at the multiplex.

(READ: Corliss’s review of The Fault in Our Stars)

Look at the eight other films that earned at least $30 million their first weekend and amassed at least half their gross by Friday night, as tabulated by the Box Office Mojo website. All were aimed at teens and tweens: four Twilight Saga entries, the last Harry Potter movie, two horror sequels (Paranormal Activity 3 and Insidious 2) and a Miley Cyrus concert film (Hannah Montana the Movie) back when she was a Disney Channel star. The Twilight and Potter entries all reaped much more money than TFIOS, most of them more than $100 million. But the John Green movie, if current numbers hold, will have the peculiar distinction of the all-time biggest fall-off from Friday through the rest of its opening weekend.

TFIOS is on track to score the ninth-largest opening weekend of 2014, below eight expensive fantasy films and the Seth Rogen-Zac Efron comedy Neighbors, at $49 million. That frat-boy farce, which cost just $18 million to produce, attracted healthy percentages of men and women, teens and the geriatrics over 25. If TFIOS is to break out of its golden ghetto, it will have to corral the ordinary moviegoer whom Green’s social-media savvy somehow missed.

Tony Awards To Feature Big Names and Tight Contests

Posted: 08 Jun 2014 10:34 AM PDT

Sunday evening’s Tony Awards show features a pack of top-notch contenders, with big shows like “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” and “All the Way” in highly competitive categories.

The awards, to be held at Radio City Music Hall in NEw York and broadcast live on CBS at 8 p.m. E.T., will also feature a slew of celebrities, facing off against well-established theater stars and previous Tony winners. With Hugh Jackman hosting the event and big names like Neil Patrick Harris, Idina Menzel and Chris O’Dowd up for awards, count on it being an exciting night.

Here are the contenders in some of the top categories of the 68th Tony Awards.

Best Musical: “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder,” an operetta about a homicidal heir featuring strong performances and an original score, is a top favorite. Another contender, “Beautiful—The Carole King Musical,” features Jessie Mueller in a powerful performance that traces the rise of Carole King’s career. Other nominees include “After Midnight” and “Aladdin.”

Best Play: Two plays, including “Act One,” an adaptation of Moss Hart's autobiography, and “All the Way,” a drama about Lyndon B. Johnson’s monumental first year as president, have both earned accolades. Other nominees include “Casa Valentine,” “Mothers and Sons” and “Outside Mullingar.”

Best Revival of a Musical: Neil Patrick Harris’ feature role in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” has gained a lot of attention this year for the star’s vigorous performance as a transgender German. “Les Misérables” and “Violet” are other nominees.

Best Revival of a Play: “The Cripple of Inishmaan” and “The Glass Menagerie” both were lauded by reviewers, but fellow nominees “A Raisin in the Sun” and “Twelfth Night” thrilled audiences as well.

Here are the other nominees to watch out for in top categories:

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Samuel Barnett, Twelfth Night
Bryan Cranston, All the Way
Chris O’Dowd, Of Mice and Men
Mark Rylance, Richard III
Tony Shalhoub, Act One

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Tyne Daly, Mothers and Sons
LaTanya Richardson Jackson, A Raisin in the Sun
Cherry Jones, The Glass Menagerie
Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill
Estelle Parsons, The Velocity of Autumn

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Neil Patrick Harris, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Ramin Karimloo, Les Misérables
Andy Karl, Rocky
Jefferson Mays, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
Bryce Pinkham, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Mary Bridget Davies, A Night With Janis Joplin
Sutton Foster, Violet
Idina Menzel, If/Then
Jessie Mueller, Beautiful — The Carole King Musical
Kelli O’Hara, The Bridges of Madison County

 

Kerry: Taliban Freed For Bergdahl Could Get Killed If They Rejoin Fight

Posted: 08 Jun 2014 10:22 AM PDT

Secretary of State John Kerry issued a warning for the five Taliban leaders who were recently freed in exchange for a long-held American soldier: Rejoin the battlefield at your own risk.

“I’m not telling you that they don’t have some ability at some point to go back and get involved [in the fight],” Kerry told CNN in an interview that aired Sunday. “But they also have an ability to get killed doing that.

“I don’t think anybody should doubt the capacity of the United States of America to protect Americans,” Kerry said. "These guys pick a fight with us in the future or now or at any time at enormous risk."

Kerry didn’t elaborate, but given the United States’ use of unmanned drones in the fight against terrorist leaders, it was easy to interpret his remarks as a not-so-veiled threat. They were some of Kerry’s first public remarks since Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was freed May 31 after five years of Taliban captivity, in a prisoner exchange for the five Guantanamo Bay detainees—a deal that has sparked sharp criticism from congressional Republicans. The detainees were released into the custody of Qatar, and Kerry said the U.S. would be watching to make sure conditions of the release are honored.

“And if they’re violated, then we have the ability to be able to do things,” Kerry said.

Reports emerged Sunday that Bergdahl has told the people treating him he was tortured and kept in a cage while held by the Taliban.

Senior Taliban leders told TIME this week that the trade would embolden them to kidnap more American soldiers, but Kerry dismissed the notion that Americans are more at risk because of it as “baloney.”

Sponsor Adidas Concerned at FIFA Corruption Claims

Posted: 08 Jun 2014 10:18 AM PDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — In a rare comment on FIFA issues by World Cup sponsors, Adidas said it was concerned about renewed allegations of corruption and Visa called for football’s governing body to show strong ethics.

“The negative tenor of the public debate around FIFA at the moment is neither good for football nor for FIFA and its partners,” the German company said in a statement.

Adidas spoke out following renewed claims of financial wrongdoing linked to Bin Hammam and Qatar’s successful 2022 World Cup hosting bid.

The Sunday Times has published claims in a second week of reports drawn from Bin Hammam’s emails and documents, which previously alleged he paid millions of dollars to buy support from African football officials.

The newspaper said the former Asian football leader arranged government-level talks for Thailand’s FIFA executive Worawi Makudi — his longtime ally on FIFA’s executive committee, and a World Cup voter — to discuss a natural gas sale which was “potentially worth tens of millions of dollars to Thailand.”

Adidas said it is “confident that the matter is being dealt with as a priority” by FIFA’s ethics committee.

The World Cup ball provider issued a similarly worded statement in June 2011 when FIFA President Sepp Blatter was re-elected unopposed after his Qatari opponent Mohamed bin Hammam was implicated in bribing voters.

FIFA ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia has said he will close the information-gathering phase of his investigation on Monday. He should update FIFA’s 209 member countries on his work on Wednesday at their annual congress in Sao Paulo.

Sponsors rarely comment on FIFA issues, and Adidas is the longest-standing World Cup partner.

Adidas joined FIFA for the 1970 World Cup and recently renewed for four more tournaments through 2030.

“Adidas enjoys a long-term and successful partnership with FIFA that we are looking forward to continue,” the firm said.

Visa has said it will extend its World Cup sponsorship through the 2018 event in Russia and 2022.

“Our expectation remains that all of our partners maintain strong ethical standards and operate with transparency,” the firm said in a statement.

Visa’s signing with FIFA ahead of the 2008 World Cup cost football’s governing body $90 million in a damages settlement with ousted sponsor Mastercard.

Top-tier FIFA sponsors pay on average more than $100 million each to be linked to the World Cup.

Watch Rare Footage of Alaska From A Polar Bear’s Perspective

Posted: 08 Jun 2014 10:00 AM PDT

It’s not everyday that you can see up close what polars bears do in the wild.

Biologists with the United States Geological Survey equipped four female polar bears with collar cams in Alaska, in an attempt to learn more about how the animals’s behavior is impacted by sea ice conditions. Researchers said this is the first point-of-view video ever recorded from free-ranging polar bears.

The bears wore cameras for about 10 days, which captured everything the animals were doing, from eating habits to mating rituals.

Scientists also hope that the footage will help them understand the potential effects of climate change.

 

Nadal Wins 9th French Open, Tops Djokovic in Final

Posted: 08 Jun 2014 09:54 AM PDT

PARIS (AP) — Rafael Nadal won the French Open title for the ninth time, and the fifth time in a row, by beating Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 Sunday in the final.

Nadal improved his record at Roland Garros to 66-1, and stretched his winning streak at the clay-court major to 35 straight.

But it didn’t look too good at the start for the top-seeded Spaniard. Djokovic won the first set and looked to be in control of nearly every point. The combination of Nadal finding his range and the heat, however, started to take its toll on the second-seeded Serb.

Both players used ice-filled towels to cool themselves during changeovers, but Djokovic also looked like he vomited a bit as he was heading for the first changeover in the fourth set.

This Is The Most Stressed-Out State In America

Posted: 08 Jun 2014 09:39 AM PDT

What stresses you out? A long commute? Check. Being unemployed? Check. Working long hours? Check. Living in Florida? Double check.

Florida wins the unhappy distinction of being the most stressed-out state in the country, according to a study by a real estate blog. Movoto combined factors including the percentage of people without health insurance, housing expenses and hours worked per week in order to measure stress across the country.

Florida’s combination of high unemployment (11.3%) and high rate of people without health insurance (25.8%) made it the most stressed-out state in the country, according to the site’s methodology.

After Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, California and Nevada were the most stressed-out. Long commutes stress out Georgians, high population density is getting on New Jerseyans’ nerves, Californians pay too much for housing, and Nevadans have unemployment rates and low insurance rates.

We live in a stressed-out nation, but North Dakotans were the least stressed in the lower 48, according to the criteria.

[Movoto]

Meet Pepper, The Robot Who Can Read Your Emotions

Posted: 08 Jun 2014 08:56 AM PDT

A robot designed to read—and more importantly, respond to—users’ moods was unveiled this week by Softbank, a Japanese internet company.

Pepper, who stands 4 feet tall and weighs about 62 pounds, is equipped with facial-recognition technology and a number of cameras, audio recorders and sensors. That technology allows the robot to learn how to behave over time, instead of being programmed for specific tasks, Softbank said.

"Our aim is to develop affectionate robots that can make people smile," said Masayoshi Son, the billionaire behind Softbank.

The humanoid, which is set to go on sale in Japan in February 2015, will cost about 198,000 yen ($1,900).

 

 

Hillary Teases Timetable For 2016 Decision

Posted: 08 Jun 2014 08:15 AM PDT

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Sunday she will be “on the way to making a decision” on a 2016 presidential run by the end of the year.

In an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, due to be broadcast Monday, Clinton said she plans to campaign for Democratic candidates running in the 2014 midterms before making a decision on her own candidacy.

“I will be on the way to making a decision by the end of the year, yes,” she said. “Certainly not before then … I just want to kind of get through this year, travel around the country, sign books, help in the midterm elections in the fall, and then take a deep breath and kind of go through my pluses and minuses about what I will – and will not – be thinking about as I make the decision.”

The former First Lady, who has been consistently coy about her exact timetable for announcing a presidential run, said it was “probably likely” an announcement wouldn’t come until 2015. “I’m not positive about that, but I think, you know, the way I make decisions, that’s probably likely,” Clinton said.

An ABC poll releases Sunday shows that 69 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents support Clinton for the party’s nomination.

Clinton, who is currently on a media tour to publicize her memoir Hard Choices, also called President Barack Obama’s decision to swap five Guantanamo prisoners for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl a “hard choice.”

“One of our values is we bring everybody home off the battlefield the best we can,” Clinton said. “It doesn’t matter how they ended up in a prisoner of war situation. It doesn’t matter. We bring our people home.”

[ABC]

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