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Does anyone know a way to feel more energetic during the day? I am constantly tired no matter how much sleep I get. I get around 6-8 hours on weekdays and 9-10 hours on the weekends. I thought maybe this year Id join track because the more you excersise the more energy you have. I also wanted to get in shape. But i doubt Id have enough energy to join track. I have even tried eating those energy bar things. I don't know what the cause of this is. There are very few times I actually feel happy and when i am happy I feel like i have alot more energy. But maybe because im not happy is why im always tired you know the feeling like your carrying bricks on your shoulders? well I don't know but if anyone has any ideas please respond thanks. Also i don't want to become more lazy then I already am so more sleep is out of the question.
 

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Make sure you are getting enough iron into your diet. Lack of iron will tend to make you feel tired (especially during your monthly cycle when women tend to loose iron).
 

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Also, make sure you're eating right...if you have any kind of digestive upsets do to poor food choices, then that could leach energy you could be using. Instead that energy is being wasted trying to digest your food. And B vitamins are important for energy, so make sure your'e getting enough of these. Same with minerals.
 

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I hadn't really thought of changing my diet. I eat fairly healthy, I mean I rarely eat junk food etc. But I might not be eating enough of a variety of food from the food group or somethin. So thanks for the ideas.
 

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Teenagers need a lot more than 6 - 8 hours...more like 9 - 10 every night and try to stay on basically the same schedule every day, if you can. By the time you hit your early 20's you won't need so much. I'm 40 and I need about 7.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by mushroom</i><br><br><b>Teenagers need a lot more than 6 - 8 hours...more like 9 - 10 every night and try to stay on basically the same schedule every day, if you can. By the time you hit your early 20's you won't need so much. I'm 40 and I need about 7.</b></div>
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Energy bars are entirely useless if you have a problem of generally not enough energy. If you are normally energetic, but haven't eaten enough carbohydrates recently and its time for you next meal but you don't have any real food -- energy bars will substitute, on occaision, for real food. That is about all they are good for.<br><br><br><br>
I'd get my iron checked via a blood test. If its normal, you don't need an iron supplement. Actually, many people at or below the low end of normalcy, report having plenty of energy. But if it is truly below normal, you should find out if it is due to inadequate iron in your diet, poor absorbtion of the iron, or physical abnormality that prevents utilization (like sickle-cell anemia or whatever).<br><br><br><br>
I'd make sure I am getting enough carbohydrates in my diet. And getting an overall balanced diet, and <b>have things to do each day that I look forward to doing.</b> For whatever reason. Because they are fun, because you will get some sort of reward for doing them, and although I don't recommend this last one, because you are really angry at someone and you want to get revenge -- any of these will help keep your energy level up, though the last one may have disasterous consequences later on.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
It sounds like you are getting enough sleep.
 

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Plan them the day before -- the things you are going to do the next day that you look forward to doing. This should keep you awake 2 days, with only 6 or 7 hours of sleep between the 2 days.
 

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Good advice Soilman. I may adhere to the 'having something meaningful to look forward to everyday' philosophy myself as well. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/cool3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":cool:">
 

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*yawn* I have been tired, but I don't have anemia or hypothyroidism (just checked), but I do have allergies and chronic stress.
 

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I have been feeling extremely tired lately too. I like Soilman's advice of planning something to look forward to everyday, & planning the day before. After reading that I thought about it & realized that I really do feel better & more energized in the mornings when I wake up & think of something enjoyable I have planned for that day. Hopefully one of these days I will feel less tired!!!
 

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LC make an appointment for a checkup with your family doctor, have them do bloodwork and test for anything that could be making you feel like that. when i was a teenager i had like 0 energy, was always tired no matter how i slept, never had energy or motivation to do anything. i was always told i was lazy and that just made me feel really bad about myself. turned out to be hypothyroidism. it's pretty common and i think i remember reading that it usually shows symptoms during mid to late adolescence.<br><br><br><br>
it may not be that, it may be nothing, but you're better off getting checked out to rule out something health related. if it's something you can treat and control medically speaking, it's best to jump on it right away before it really becomes a major problem.
 
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