Lack of Energy

After I reached the age of 40, I noticed a lack of energy during the second half of the day.  At times it was difficult to focus when I was talking with customers.  When I had the opportunity, I would rest for short periods; but that did not seem to help.  I did not do anything about it for almost a year.  Then I read an article about the importance of sleep.  I thought about it and concluded that I never slept soundly through the night.

Speaking with my doctor

I talked with my doctor about sleep, and he discussed several challenges when a person does not achieve a full night’s sleep.  The challenges he mentioned included:  learning and memory, mood changes, increased stress, and weight gain.

I thought about what my doctor said and decided his caution made sense. 

Learning and Memory

I did not realize it, but my short time memory was not clear, and reviewing technical information seemed more difficult.

Weight Gain

I had gained weight over the past five years and had to work very hard to lose it. Maintaining weight became a significant challenge. It was very difficult to lose unwanted weight.

Mood – Irritability

I did have a difficult time concentrating. It seemed as though everything bothered me. The mood changes created a challenge everywhere, with customers, fellow workers, family, and friends.

Increased Stress

My stress level seemed higher, but I thought it was because of new business challenges.  After I thought about it for a while, I realized the current business challenges were not greater than the challenges of the past.

Solution

I studied the way I approached my workday and decided I needed to make some changes.  I was resting in the middle of the day.  The doctor told me I should avoid mid-day sleeping.   I started planning the next work-day each evening.  I tracked the completed items, which made me feel better about the day before sleeping. 

I checked my diet and made some changes.  Also, I quit eating after 5 pm when possible.  That helped me sleep.  I avoided taking any sleeping medication because I did not have confidence that I understood the risks.

At times it was difficult to stay on the diet and work schedule.  I found Prayer worked for me.  Every time I wanted to eat too much or wanted to eat sweets; Prayer helped me think about how important it is to stay on my plan.

After a few months, the results were better memory, better focus, and I did seem to have more energy. I still felt challenged in these areas, but it was better than before making the changes.

After many years, I began experiencing the same challenges again.  I was exercising and eating properly.  I was not taking naps during the day; but, I still had memory challenges, a lack of energy, and felt a high level of stress. 

My sister introduced me to Vasayo Products several years ago.  I studied the product sheets and found the information interesting.  I checked with my doctor and made sure there was no medical reason not to try some of the products.  I used several of the Vasayo Products and notice a positive change in my overall health.  After using the Sleep Product, I was able to sleep the entire night.  The Renew helped me with my short term memory, and the Energy Product made my afternoons much more productive.

Now I feel better than I did thirty years ago.  I wish I had made these changes much earlier in my life.

Published by Jim Brandt

Jim Brandt was an all-conference college football player and served as a Marine Corps pilot during the Vietnam War. He also started a software company and served as an executive for the fifth-largest bank in the United States. Brandt won the Democratic party nomination for Congress twice. He is married and has three children.