Do you find yourself saying “I’m tired” several times during the week?

Are you yawning during conversations?

Are you nodding off, especially at meetings?

I talk a lot about sleep because it’s important for our bodies to rest and heal. Lack of sleep eventually takes a toll on our mental and physical health.

If you’re tired of being tired, make a change. Use this list to improve your sleep.

  • Check the side effects of medications you take. It may be causing you to be tired.
  • Track if you are getting sufficient sleep. On average, people need eight hours of sleep.
  • De-stress by learning meditation or other techniques to control your reaction to tough situations.
  • Increase your physical activity. Play your favorite music and dance like no one is watching.
  • Decrease the amount of sugar you consume.
  • Remove distractions that may wake you up, including your pet.
  • Eat your last large meal for the day at least two to three hours before going to bed.

If you still are feeling tired, schedule an appointment with your doctor. You may have a medical condition such as an underactive thyroid or diabetes that is causing your tiredness.

Your health is important and can be costly as you age if you don’t take care of yourself. Pay attention to the signals your body gives you. If you are tired of being tired, make changes to things you can control.

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Niv Persaud, CFP®, CDFA™, CRPC®, is the Founder of Transition Planning & Guidance, LLC. Life is more than money. It’s about living the lifestyle you want and can afford. For that reason, Niv consults with clients on money, life, and work. Her approach capitalizes on techniques she learned throughout her career, including as a management consultant, executive recruiter, and financial advisor. Her services include spending plan, financial plan, divorce financial review, life strategy, and professional progression. Niv actively gives back to her community through her volunteer efforts. She believes in living life to the fullest by cherishing friendships, enjoying the beauty of nature and laughing often — even at herself. Her favorite quote is by Erma Bombeck, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say ‘I used everything you gave me’.”