Are you tired all of the time? Most often, fatigue is a result of lifestyle factors such as poor sleep, stress or a schedule that’s just too full.
It’s estimated that 20 percent of Americans feel tired and fatigued to the point that it interferes with their daily life. This type of exhaustion can affect your ability to be productive and enjoy a quality of life.
Fatigue is Most Often the Result of Draining Lifestyle Habits Such as:
- Not sleeping enough on a regular basis
- Eating poorly or drinking too much caffeine or alcohol
In order to know if it’s your lifestyle that’s causing your fatigue, we suggest taking two to three weeks to make changes to your routine – get more sleep, trim your social obligations, eat better, drink more water and cut back on caffeine and alcohol.
If you are still feeling fatigued, you may want to see a professional to find out if there is a medical cause for the problem.
Listed Below are 6 of the Most Common Medical Causes of Fatigue.
- Sleep Disorders: An estimated 50 million to 70 million people suffer from sleep loss or sleep disorders, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These range from insomnia — the inability to fall asleep and stay asleep — to sleep apnea.
- Thyroid Problems: Hypothyroidism, which occurs when your thyroid gland does not release enough thyroid hormone, as well as hyperthyroidism, which occurs when your thyroid produces excess hormone, can both result in fatigue.
- Diabetes: Extreme fatigue is often an early warning sign of type 2 diabetes. Other symptoms include excessive thirst, frequent urination, blurred vision and recurring infections. A physician can determine if you have diabetes by performing a simple blood test.
- Anemia: This blood disorder impacts your blood’s ability to transport oxygen, leading to fatigue. Anemia can be caused by numerous conditions ranging from heavy menstrual periods, vitamin deficiencies or chronic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or cancer.
- Depression: Along with feelings of sadness, changes in eating and sleeping patterns and problems with memory and concentration, depression frequently results in a significant loss of energy.
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS): People with CFS suffer from extreme fatigue that doesn’t improve with rest and includes muscle aches and difficulty concentrating. Because little is known about the causes of this condition, it’s often diagnosed on the basis of exclusion, after other potential conditions have been ruled out.
If you’ve ruled out health conditions as the cause of your tiredness, there’s a good chance that your habits and routines are actually to blame. The best way to increase your energy and avoid fatigue is by following these guidelines:
- Eat well. A healthy diet with fresh fruits and vegetables. Make sure to include plenty of protein as well because your body needs it to keep organs functioning and energy levels up.
- Exercise. Putting out the energy to work out will actually give you more energy and make your daily tasks easier.
- Stay Calm. Worry, anxiety, stress and other negative emotions will drain your energy fast. Even positive emotions like excitement and anticipation can wear you down energy-wise. So make sure you take time every day to calm your mind and relax.
- Limit your caffeine intake. Reduce or avoid your daily amount of coffee and soda and drink plenty of water. Too much caffeine will actually tire you out in the long run.
- Stretch. Stretching throughout the day will actually increase your energy levels. We suggest stretching at least 3 times each day.
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