Opting for caffeine over sleep throws off our natural sleep cycle which causes our body to get tired more easily during the day. Joyce A. Walsleben, PhD, director of the Sleep Disorders Center at the NYU School of Medicine and author of A Woman's Guide to Sleep: Guaranteed Solutions for a Good Night's Rest, suggests switching to decaffeinated varieties of your favorite beverages (that includes coffee, tea, softdrinks, and chocolate!)
2. Too Much or Too Little Exercise
"Exercise energizes us physically, mentally, and emotionally," says Debi Silber, MS, RD, president of Lifestyle Fitness Inc. in New York. "Without it, we're naturally more sluggish.” Exercise also releases a "feel-good" chemical that increases energy levels. Overdoing the workouts, however, also depletes our energy reserves, breaks down muscle, and suppresses the immune system.
3. Attitude and Low Self-Esteem
Being a negatron and a crowd-pleaser may be two totally different things, but they both cause unnecessary exhaustion that will surely zap your energy. "It takes so much energy to wear a mask to the world...so that others will like you," says confidence coach Kathleen Hassan, co-author of Square Peg in a Round Hole. "It is exhausting and leaves you feeling utterly powerless."
You’re all aware of the sugar crash, right? Sure, you’ll be super hyper for a few hours, but once the sugar wears off, it will be all downhill from there. It will also cause your sugar craving to increase (goodbye diet!), so better cut back while you can.
5. Excessive Clutter
According to Candita Clayton, founder of Your Life Organized in Rumford, R.I., being disorganized can make you feel lethargic and lacking in energy and optimism. Having to constantly look for stuff amidst the mess is also a hassle and requires energy. Do yourself a favor and make it a point to clean your room or office cube a few times a week, if not every day, to avoid wasting your energy.