There are many culprits that can make you sleepy and tired but one cause that people may not notice and pay attention to is their diet. Some foods included in your diet everyday may be nutritious in ingredients but dragging your body from being energetic.
#1: String Cheese and Yogurt
Dairy could be a cause of your fatigue. If you’re young, digesting it is just fine, but when we are getting older, intolerances to the proteins in dairy may also develop and fatigue is a hallmark symptom.
Although the mechanism is still unclear, it’s believed that when we are older, the body mistakenly develops an immunological reaction to the proteins, which increasing antibodies to prevent against the proteins whenever they appear, causing tiredness.
Fatigue is not often the only symptom, but it possibly occurs without GI problems, that’s why few people connect the dots to their diet, says Lyla Blake-Gumbs, MD, from the Center for Integrative Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. She also notices that many processed foods that people don’t think of as dairy actually contain milk solids and proteins like foods with caramel flavoring.
A bowl of salad with veggies may not provide enough protein and carbs, which means you won’t get enough energy for all the day long. If you eat just a 200-calorie pile of broccoli and lettuce, it’s no surprise that you’re hungry and tired at 4 p.m, says Elisabetta Politi, RD, MPH, Nutrition Director at the Duke Diet and Fitness Center in Durham, North Carolina.
Dressing your salad with raspberry vinaigrette or honey mustard may enhance the taste but also lead to an energy crash later as they are all high in added sugar, according to Marisa Moore, RD, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
#3: Bananas or Nuts
There is a reason why bananas are usually consumed as a fix for muscle cramps: they are a rich source of magnesium, a mineral that could relax your muscle cells. However, magnesium is also a good dosage that helps people sleep. Another magnesium sources are nuts, cashews, almonds, and peanuts. The dosage that can make somebody tired is different for everyone, but it’s more possible to feel the effects if your body is too low on magnesium.
#4: Last Night’s Late Dinner
On some crazy days, you may have occasional meals right before going to bed. However, it’s a big mistake that can ruin your night’s sleep, leaving you sleepy and tired the next day.
Among the causes, foods containing acids like eggs, meat, and dairy are factors that can cause nighttime acid reflux. According to Blake-Gumbs, if you eat acidic foods within two hours before going to bed, they’re likely to be undigested, resulting some gastroesophageal reflux.