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Beating Winter Tiredness

Winter has a tendency to zap everyone’s energy—the bitter temperatures, meagre sunlight
and widespread sickness make it difficult to do anything, let alone get out of bed in the morning. As the amount of sunlight shrinks and people start leaving for work before the sun is up and returning after it has set, regular sleep schedules are disturbed and people become tired.

This can have disastrous consequences for workers, endangering their productivity, job and health because they are too tired to focus while working. While it is normal to slow down in the winter, there is actually no need to sleep longer now
than in the summer.

Winter can be a cold, prolonged battle against tiredness. But it is a battle you can win by using these six tactics as part of your energy arsenal:

• Soak up natural sunlight. Sunlight offsets winter tiredness. Open your blinds or
curtains every morning when you wake up to let more sunlight into your home. Get all the
natural sunlight you can—even a sliver of sunshine from a lunchtime walk helps.

• Get your vitamin D. Vitamin D is produced from sunlight. Waning winter sunlight can limit your vitamin D intake, which can make you feel tired. Get your vitamin D through other means like oily fish (salmon, mackerel and sardines), eggs, meat or a supplement.

• Keep a reliable sleep schedule. Going to bed and waking up at the same time every
day helps regulate your body’s sleep schedule and keeps you feeling refreshed.

• Exercise every day. Exercising in the late afternoon, 150 minutes each week, helps
quell early evening fatigue and stave off winter weight gain.

• Focus on relaxation. Stress drains you— replenish with yoga and meditation.

• Eat healthy. Ignore your winter craving for starchy food like pasta and bread. Stick to
fruit and vegetables for natural energy. wants you to avoid winter pitfalls and stay safe
by getting enough sleep.


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