How To Avoid Fatigue At Work

Feeling fatigued at the workplace is such a common problem as to be almost ubiquitous. How many people do you know who aren’t tired at work? Okay, most of us know at least one. That person is always cheerful, and has a bright, obnoxiously alert disposition, and goes out of his or her way to make it clear to everyone else at the office that they could be doing better. What’s that person’s secret? Sometimes that person is just a “morning person,” and has an easier time feeling alert when the rest of us are naturally wired for sleep. But that person may also be taking steps to avoid fatigue at work, and once you familiarize yourself with those steps, you can take them, too.

How much sleep do you get each night? Be honest about this. Do you get four hours? Five? Maybe six on a good night? The average person needs six to nine hours of sleep a night. How much you need depends on your own metabolism, your age, and other factors. Most of us have a really hard time getting that amount of sleep since we already work eight hours, commute another two, and have to eat dinner and run errands.

By the time all that is done, you might get what? an hour of free time if you’re lucky? It’s hard to give up that hour to get sleep, but we recommend you start that way. Getting adequate sleep leads to a healthier body and mind, and once you can think more clearly, you can function better, get things done faster (like dinner and errands), and maybe free up more time to enjoy yourself outside of work.

Another way to avoid fatigue in the workplace is to eat. Many people don’t eat enough during the workday; some people don’t eat at all. It’s a good idea to bring a healthy snack to give you those much needed calories throughout your day. At the same time, you want to avoid overindulging during lunch and getting tired as a result. So look to strike a healthy balance. And don’t skip breakfast in the mornings either.

Another thing which can fatigue you during the workday is boredom. There may be nothing you can do about this depending on your job, but if you have some freedom over what you do with your time, you may want to find ways to enliven your day. You can do something enjoyable during your lunch break, like go outside, read a book, or call a friend. If you have a desk job where you have some autonomy, take a few minutes to catch up on social networking or other things online.

There’s nothing wrong with doing these things so long as they are okay in your workplace and they don’t hinder your productivity. Fatigue hinders productivity as much as anything, so avoiding fatigue by taking short breaks may actually help you to be more efficient. Finally, if all of this isn’t enough to help you be less fatigued at work, consider searching for a job with friendlier hours or terms.

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