Doctors and other medical professionals are constantly fighting an endless battle with fatigue. Long shifts, overtime, on-call rosters and upwards of 12 hours on your feet can leave anyone feeling exhausted.
It also doesn't help when you live with others working different shifts to you, and can potentially have your sleep interrupted when you do get a minute to enjoy it! There is no quick fix for fatigue, but there are ways to boost your energy levels in a healthy way to keep you active for longer.
Below are a few options to give you that much-needed boost.
Our bodies are made up of 60 percent water, and a main symptom of dehydration is fatigue. If you're feeling more tired than usual, make sure you are drinking plenty of water to get you through that long shift.
A quick fix which will give you a much-needed boost is to drink two glasses of water in a short time period, and see if you notice the difference. If you feel less tired, it's clear to see dehydration is taking hold. Make sure you consume at least eight glasses of water each day, if not more. Carry a supper bottle around with you where possible to ensure you're getting enough fluids throughout the day. Avoid sugary drinks and stick to water. Why not add a slice of lemon or two to add a bit of variety?
Easy to pack into a lunch box and easy to prepare, fresh fruit is a great source of energy for those who are lacking it. Fruit is full of natural sugars, all of which help keep level blood sugars. They are also packed with fiber to help with digestion.
Whether it's a full fruit salad, a smoothie or addition of fruit to your morning porridge; it's sure to see you through the day in good spirits.
As if we didn't need a reason to eat chocolate! If you're looking for an energy boost without caffeine, have a few squares of dark chocolate. It contains theobromine which is a natural stimulant and works by boosting your energy and even your mood.
They may be a carbohydrate, but whole grains are the epitome of slow-releasing energy-rich foods to see you through the day. Whole grains, whether they're in the form of rice, bread or other, are digested much slower than many other food choices and can help keep your blood sugar levels in a comfortable range.
You will feel satiated for longer, with a whole lot more energy to see you through to the end of your shift!
Easy to keep in your pocket for a quick bite every now and again, nuts are a great way to give you an added boost of energy. Not only are they full of protein, but they also have magnesium which helps to convert sugar into energy. Add cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts or almonds into your lunch box and reap the benefits of a huge lift in energy!