3. Drink more water
Dehydration can contribute to fatigue, as not getting enough fluids can raise your blood pressure, and decrease blood flow to the brain, which makes you feel more tired. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition, conducted by UConn’s Department of Kinesiology showed that even mild dehydration can cause fatigue, alter mood, and make it more difficult to concentrate on tasks. Another paper, published in the British Medical Journal corroborated these findings – and also found that women are more affected by dehydration than men.
Symptoms of dehydration include dark yellow or strong smelling urine, constant thirst and lightheadedness – but as these might not show up straight away, it’s important to monitor your intake of water, to make sure you’re getting enough.
Experts recommend that adults drink around 2 litres at minimum, which equates to 4, 500 ml standard bottles of mineral water, or 8, 8-ounce glasses. If you’re experiencing fatigue, it’s a good idea to evaluate your water intake to see whether you’re drinking enough – and if you aren’t, make sure your fluid levels stay topped up 24/7, to see whether this improves your symptoms.