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Tired of Feeling Tired? Here are a Few Potential Causes of Your Chronic Fatigue

Tired of Feeling Tired? Here are a Few Potential Causes of Your Chronic Fatigue

Screen Shot 2016-10-07 at 14.12.54 Screen Shot 2016-10-07 at 14.13.07In order to stay productive and be alert during the day, our bodies need to be working efficiently. Along with a healthy diet, we also need good night’s sleep each night to stay functioning. But sometimes, things can go wrong. Do you often find yourself in a slump, feeling exhausted and fatigued without knowing what the cause is? Here are three potential reasons for your chronic fatigue, and why you find yourself constantly reaching for the coffee.

Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal Fatigue is a condition which leads to lowered levels of hormones and neurotransmitters. Symptoms will be slightly different in each person, but fatigue and food cravings are both common. Low blood pressure and frequent urination are also sometimes seen too. One of the leading causes of Adrenal Fatigue is getting insufficient sleep. This often starts as a result of stress, when adrenaline and cortisol levels in the body are high. This interrupts the natural ebb and flow of cortisol which runs on a twenty-four hour cycle. In the later stages of Adrenal Fatigue, your adrenals become depleted and unable to produce enough of the hormones that you need. A lack of these vital hormones explains how those who suffer from Adrenal Fatigue find it difficult to stay alert during the day. Many find themselves unable to maintain any kind of reasonable energy level which can of course massively affect their lives. Lifestyle changes and supplements can help, or you could contact a clinic or doctor who specializes in adrenal fatigue.

Diabetes

With diabetes, fatigue is caused by various factors. Having high blood sugar levels, either because of a lack of the insulin hormone or from insulin resistance, can affect the body’s ability to get glucose from the blood into cells. This means our energy needs aren’t met, leading to chronic tiredness and a feeling of exhaustion. Even if your diabetes is being controlled with medication, the insulin itself can lead to a feeling of fatigue as this is a symptom of low blood glucose levels. Being checked for diabetes if you are at risk or are experiencing any symptoms of fatigue is important. If you are suffering from extreme tiredness (that’s not just due to a lack of sleep) and has gone on for over three weeks, you should make an appointment for a check-up with your GP as soon as possible. A simple pin prick blood test from a finger is all that’s needed, and if the result shows diabetes you can work on getting this under control before it does further damage to your body. If you are already on medication, fine tuning the amount you take may be necessary.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a condition where the walls of the throat relax during sleep, which interrupts normal breathing. This will often disrupt sleep, and leave you feeling like you’re not fully rested when you wake up in the morning. Some of the risk factors for this common yet dangerous condition include being overweight, being male, being over the age of forty and taking medications which have a sedative effect. Sleep apnea is an issue since it can lead to high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack and developing an irregular heartbeat. Losing weight, quitting smoking and avoiding anything with a sedative effect before bed (such as alcohol and certain drugs) can be helpful too. For more severe cases where other treatments have failed, surgery or wearing a special mask device while you sleep may be the answer.

Anxiety

Mental health problems such as anxiety can prevent you from ‘switching off’ in the evening. Instead of being able to sleep you sit worrying, going over things in your head and panicking. This leads to a lack of sleep or broken sleep leaving you feeling tired in the morning. The more stressed you are, the more fatigued the body can become. Reducing stress while increasing the amount of rest you get, practicing relaxation techniques can be an efficient way to deal with this. If your anxiety has reached a stage where it’s impacting your life then speaking to a doctor is highly recommended. Anti-anxiety medications coupled with therapy such as CBT can be helpful in getting your symptoms under control.

Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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