I go to a pretty gruelling school - doing 4 A levels (including 2 sciences). I do school days of 8:30 - 4, often staying until 6 for extra studying or playing in the band at school. I am an Imperial College offer holder and I am determined to get the grades they specify so I spend a long time studying. I eat a fair amount of fruit and veg per day - maybe not 5 pieces every day but close to it. I visit the gym when I can but it often turns into once a week at the most and it makes me a lot more tired.
So my question is - how can I make small changes to my lifestyle to improve my energy levels? I often experience great energy crashes (like for example now, I have slept since 12pm as it is a half day at school today) and it affects my ability to study. Is there anything I can eat/drink? I'm looking for both quick fixes (that won't ruin my health like lots of red bull) and long term lifestyle changes. Any ideas guyssss?
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- Thread Starter
- 22-01-2014 17:08
- 23-01-2014 12:17
Well yeah I think you made an important point with the not opting for energy drinks and instead thinking about changes for long term health.
Firstly, it's important to recgonise that the majority of your energy resources are used up by using your brain and in your case through study. So it's really important to make sure you have a really disciplined and constant sleeping pattern. Good sleep and enough hours of it.
Also recognise when it is time to say 'no' to certain things. Yes exercise is important but if you exercise when you are under the weather or exhausted from stress this can even make your health worse. I know people suggest exercise as a stress reliever but during particularly stressful periods it can actually have the opposite effect. At the same time don't do away with exercise entirely unless you're unwell with flu or whatever and advised against it by the doctor. Instead of going to the gym where it can often get a little intense and competitive how about you go home, rest and then later do some light exercises. Maybe something enjoyable as well like dancing to some music.
You don't sound like your madly chasing any crowd but the other thing is don't let anyone make you feel bad if you need down time instead of going out for e.g. nights out. This doesn't mean you should completely stop being social, that would be counterproductive, but instead arrange to do things like cinema etc in the day so you're not winding up sleep deprived.Last edited by Ebony19; 23-01-2014 at 12:20.
- 23-01-2014 15:55
well you know how to have a good lifestyle, get 8 hours sleep everyday and eat a good diet
it might also help to try and destress a bit as stress and anxiety can leave you absolutely wiped and affect your sleep, try and take one day completely off a week and have a few hours a day set aside (and dont feel guilty!) for you to do anything that gets your mind off things
- 23-01-2014 16:02
Try iron supplements.
I'm in a similar situation to you (year 13 and hoping for A*A*AA) accept I also have 16 hours of swim training a week so I have to get up at 4:45 3 mornings a week before school.
I went to my GP to say how tired I was but dropping the swimming isn't an option. He recommended taking a liquid iron supplement.
Since I've been taking it I've felt so much less tired than before and it's really helped my studying.
Apparently iron deficiency is really common in teenagers and leads to lack of energy.
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- 23-01-2014 19:30
Complex carbs is important, You need to get rid of sugars for the most part out of your diet.
- 23-01-2014 19:34
Exercise is important, and it's possible that because you only do it once a week you aren't getting any fitter and so are finding it very tiring each time (although it shouldn't necessarily be easy!) try increasing your physical activity, eg, do more walking, maybe look into something like yoga (you could buy dvds to do at home for example) as it's stress-relieving at the same time
- 23-01-2014 21:54
Start smashing in the carbs. If you aren't eating many carbs no wonder you have hardly any energy. If the only carbs you get are from things like energy drinks you will crash hard.
Try eating more rice, pasta, potatoes along with loads of fruit and veggies. You can't really eat too much. This doesn't mean going and eating a curry or chinese to have some rice, or McDonalds fires for potatoes. I'm talking about clean meals.
- 24-01-2014 08:29
I suggest that you rearrange your schedules and priorities. I had the same problem before and I was to tired and exhausted the whole day and can't even get a good sound sleep at night. So I decided to figure out what are my priorities. First thing in the morning I do have some exercise for warm up. Whisper a little prayer to make my day. Good balance diet is important factor also to have energy all day long.