Do you feel like you’re always tired? Does it feel like that no matter how much sleep you get, you are still tired? You’re not alone, two out of every five people in the U.S. report feeling chronically tired. It’s not terribly surprising, today we are pulled in a hundred different directions at all times, be it work or school, family, hobbies, friends, social media, the list of things vying for our attention is overwhelming. But these life issues are just some of the things that could be contributing to a feeling of fatigue. Let’s take a look at some of the things that could be making you tired, and what you can do to get your energy back!
Inactive Lifestyle -It may sound a bit backward, being tired because you are inactive? But it’s true, sedentary lifestyle causes fatigue according to numerous studies. Even moderate exercising can restore energy levels, and give you a boost. Getting a small boost of energy can then snowball into giving you the motivation you need to keep exercising.
Lack of sleep – This one might sound more evident if you’re tired get more sleep. Simple right? Not quite. Many people who feel chronically fatigued often get plenty of rest. But it’s not just the quantity, but the quality that matters. A lot of things happen when you sleep, your body restores memory, regulates hormones and your metabolism. So how do you know if you’re getting a good night’s sleep? If you feel refreshed when you wake up, that’s a good sign. One of the ways you can help make sure you get quality sleep is to go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning. It can feel tempting to stay up late when you have the next day off, but that is just doing your body a disservice.
Depression -Depression is a severe problem, that can have many different effects on your body and health. One of the most common effects is fatigue. This can be caused because depression interferes with sleep. People suffering from depression often either sleep too much or get very poor quality sleep. As we just learned, rest is one of the most significant factors in fatigue. Depression can also cause changes in motivation, and eating patterns. We’ll cover the effects of diet on energy levels soon, but suffice it to say that depression is a significant cause of fatigue.
Dehydration – I’ve covered the importance of hydration in the past, but it’s worth looking at again. Your body needs water to function correctly, even the slightest bit of dehydration can have a significant impact on your energy levels. Luckily getting hydrated is usually as simple as drinking more water during the day. Just adding a glass or two might make all the difference!
Stress -Stress is a normal, healthy, response to external events in our lives. I’ve mentioned in the past how specific amounts of stress are actually good for you! But when stress becomes too much, when it becomes distress, it is no longer beneficial. In fact, at this point, it can cause a whole host of health-related problems. Not the least of which is fatigue. The taxation on your brain becomes too much and wears you down. If you find yourself fatigued due to stress, it is best to try and remove the stressor from your life. If that is not possible, then seeking professional help could be the next step.
Anemia -Your body needs red blood cells to function correctly. Red blood cells transport oxygen from the lungs to the cells throughout your body. Without oxygen, your body can’t work efficiently.
Diet -I’m sure you’ve heard the analogy of your body being your car, and needing fuel to run. Well, it’s true. If you are not giving your body proper amounts of food, it won’t have the energy it needs to power itself. And more than just making sure you have enough food, you need the RIGHT food! Eating lots of junk and sugars might keep you from being hungry, but it will actually cause your body more problems, that will lead to fatigue down the road. So remember to eat healthily!
Thyroid -Your thyroid regulates your metabolism, which is how fast the body converts fuel to energy. If your thyroid is not active enough, that’s called hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism causes fatigue, depression, weight gain, and more! Ask your medical professional if you think you may be suffering from thyroid problems.
As you can see, there is a multitude of things that can cause fatigue, some may be easy to identify in yourself, others may require professional assistance. Whatever the case, if you frequently suffer from fatigue then you should start looking for solutions. Don’t let fatigue ruin your life!
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About Dr. Jenny: Dr. Jenny is a Naturopathic Doctor and clinical research associate. She is a successful entrepreneur as the CEO/Proprietor of AgeVital Pharmacies in Sarasota, Florida. She is a charismatic media personality and television producer with regular appearances on ABC, NBC, TBN, CBS, the CW and up coming show on Lifetime. As a health and wellness expert and educator, Dr. Jenny lectures all around the world at various conferences about the endocannabinoid system and functional integrative healthcare and how natural solutions work to treat a multitude of disease and illness. She is currently authoring books about the endocannabinoid system for healthcare practitioners and consumers. She is the President and Chairman of The American Academy of the Endocannabinoid System (AAECS) and sits on the Executive Board of Directors for the American Board of Medical Marijuana Physicians (ABMMP). Her expansive credentials include a Board Certification at The American Board of Anti-Aging Health Practitioners – (ABAAHP), a Diplomate of the AAIM College of Nutrition and a Board Certification with the (AAIM) Board of Integrative Medicine. Dr. Jenny is also a member of the American Academy Of Anti-Aging Medicine, serves as a senior business and financial advisor for Nuvusio and the medical director for Biom-Pharmaceuticals and Chief Scientific Officer And Medical Director for M3.