I had the extreme honour of attending a birth this week. I was awake, except for a couple of catnaps from Monday morning until 1:30 Tuesday afternoon. I went for a “nap” at 1:30 and conked right out. I didn’t get up until 11:00 Tuesday night. I was up getting some things done until 3:45 a.m. Although I could have slept longer, I got up at 7:00 Wednesday morning. So, do you think I needed that much sleep? I sure do because it was most abnormal.

So, there are times when sleep is definitely the answer.

However, there are other times when tiredness is not the result of lack of sleep.

If you are sleeping well and keeping a fairly consistent schedule and are still tired, here are some suggestions:

1. You might need more exercise. The great things about working out are that it helps you have more energy, think more clearly, and sleep well.

2. You might be eating poorly. Too much sugar and caffeine can actually drain you – despite the temporary energetic high.

3. You might need to walk away from the TV or computer for a while. As much as I love both, I know they can sap my energy if I’m not careful.

4. Like me, you might work from home. When this is the case, you might be tempted to stay in your sleepwear for most or all of the day. Although I often do, just getting washed and dressed can wake me up and make me feel more productive.

5. You might have a medical condition that needs attention. Please don’t ignore inexplicable tiredness.

6. You might be experiencing “the blues” or full fledged depression. Don’t be ashamed or embarrassed. If you suspect this might be the case, get the help you need.

I hope you have a great sleep tonight followed by a super fantastic day tomorrow.

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