If you often feel tired, lack of energy or feeling lethargic all the time even after you have had enough sleep all the time, it is time for you to seriously look into it.
It may not be something that simple as most people like to think about such as due to daylight savings time hangover or because of their busy schedule anymore! The reasons you are often exhausted could have medical reasons behind it.
To overcome your tiredness … you need to
Talk to your doctor because you could be suffering from depression.
Usually when we feel tired and drained all the time and does not feel like want to get out of bed in the morning or always have had trouble sleeping, a doctor can use a screening tool to confirm whether we are having a depressive disorder, a life stressor or because of alcohol that caused us overly tired. Here are the expert ways to change your sleep habits for the better.
We often see people treat depression with alcohol, however, they may want to know that depression, alcohol abuse, and fatigue are very tightly related.
If you think someone you love has an emotional health disorder, you should advise them not to ignore these 8 hidden signs of depression.
To overcome feeling sleepy all the time … you need to
Know that you may have sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder where your breathing is briefly interrupted when you are asleep. You may not aware these short breathing pauses occur hundreds of times a night and is jolting you out of your natural sleep rhythm. The consequence is that you don’t feel as energetic, mentally sharp, or productive during the day as you should. Hence, if you bed partner or someone close to you noted pauses occur while you snore, and if choking or gasping follows the pauses, these are major warning signs you have sleep apnea. These are 7 ways sleep apnea can hurt your health.
If so, you should visit your doctor for an official diagnosis of your sleep apnea or by seeing a sleep specialist immediately. Some self-help steps you can do by yourself included i) lose weight, ii) quit smoking, iii) avoiding alcohol, sleeping pills, and sedatives, iv) exercise regularly, v) avoid caffeine and heavy meals before bed, and vi) maintain regular sleep hours. You may try these home treatment for sleep apnea to get a good night’s rest.
To overcome extreme fatigue … you need to
Go for a diabetes blood test. This test can measure your blood glucose (blood sugar) level to confirm whether you have high blood or low blood sugar level.
Both the high and low blood glucose level can make you overly tired, according to registered nurse blogger David Spero on Diabetes Self-Management.com. With high blood glucose, your cells are not getting the oxygen and the nutrients they need while with low blood sugar level, there is not enough fuel for your cells to work well.
Once you have your diagnosis for diabetes done and have confirmed you have diabetes or prediabetes, you need to watch what you eat and learn to eat healthier with diabetes.
To overcome very tired and no energy … you need to
Make sure you do not have chronic infection.
Go for a chronic infection check-up for Epstein-Barr virus (mononucleosis) or Lyme disease. Both of these medical issues can cause you extreme fatigue. Don’t miss these other silent signs of Lyme disease.
To overcome lack of energy and sleepy all the time … you need to
Take care of your heart.
It is worth to visit a specialist doctor to have a check on your heart to detect whether you have any heart issues that could lead to heart failure.
According to American Heart Association, if you have heart failure, your heart is not able to keep up with your body’s needs for blood. This means you will have less blood in your body tissues and blood will back up in your veins leading away from your lungs and leaks back into them, this makes you easily feel exhausted with your everyday activities, and you also lose breath when you are asleep thus causing you a restless night. You may learn these tips to keep your heart healthy.
To overcome being exhausted all the time … you need to
Make sure you are not having issues with your thyroid by going for a thyroid function test.
If you do have thyroid issues, you will experience certain bodily functions slowdown that leads to fatigue and make you feel lousy and lack of energy easily, your skin will become really dry, you tend to constipate a lot and you often have memory problems.
Hypothyroidism is a condition when your thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough of certain important hormones. Thyroid hormone is important for regulating our body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, and metabolism. You may not want to miss this important signs of a thyroid problem and learn what are the best and worst foods for your thyroid.
To overcome feeling lethargic all the time … you need to
Take practical steps to recognize that you may have adrenal fatigue.
According to Dr. Shah, although Western doctors don’t recognise adrenal fatigue as a medical issue, however, ensuring your adrenal glands producing enough of certain hormones does mean hormone imbalances arising due to family problems, stress at work or in life, poor diet, lack of sleep, alcohol and drug abuse, and over-exercising that push your stress hormones high can actually leave you depleted and lethargic all the time.
You may learn this 16 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress and Anxiety.
To overcome tired and overly fatigued … you need to
Go and find out whether you are sensitive to a certain type of food.
If you have food sensitivities such as to wheat and dairy, consuming those foods may cause your body create an inflammatory response that can manifest to bloating, rashes and make you feel fatigued.
According to Dr. Shah, there is no real good test for food sensitivities. Instead, by following an elimination diet of possible food culprits, and then slowly add them back may help you identify the foods that you are sensitive to. For example, you feel great after removing wheat from your diet but when you added it back, you feel lethargic — what can be deduced is that you are sensitive to wheat!
To overcome very tired and no energy … you need to
Make sure you are not anemic.
This can be detected with a blood test. Often people with anemia will display symptoms such as feeling short of breath, feeling cold, dizzy, headaches and having trouble to do exercise in addition to feeling tiredness.
What causes anemia is when your blood does not carry enough oxygen to the rest of your body. A number of factors can cause your body produces too few red blood cells to carry oxygen around the body. The most common cause of anemia is iron deficiency, and to prevent your red blood cell production falter, your diet should contain iron, folic acid, vitamin B12, and other essential nutrients.
You may want to try these eating habits for more energy.
I hope after reading thus far, you will have some ideas about your often tiredness could have medical reasons behind it as well as what you need to do to overcome your fatigue.
Tan Kok Hui
Nutrition Made Simple, Life Made Rich