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Tiredness: why it happens and how to beat it

We’re busy people, whether with work, household chores, family, or social life, there’s a lot we have to juggle, and with the busy lives we have, finding enough energy to get it all done can be, well… a bit of a struggle and overwhelming. 


In saying that, when we actually do feel energetic, it’s hands-down one of the best feelings ever, right?! We feel motivated and ready to take on all of our tasks and crush our goals, powering through life and accomplishing everything we aim for.


Let’s be honest though, do you ever feel worn down and sluggish after you thought you had a good night’s sleep? Sure… we all feel tired after a long day, but if you’re constantly feeling like this, it’s so much more than just feeling exhausted…


Most of us know what it’s like to be tired, especially when we have a cold, or some viral infection, but when we have a consistent lack of energy and ongoing fatigue, there are many areas to check.


This constant feeling of tiredness can arise from different health problems, such as sleep apnea, anemia, bacterial infections, hypothyroidism, and nutritional deficiencies.


What’s causing you to be so tired or fatigued?


First things first, a medicine specialist Jared Ankerman, MD, explains the difference between feeling tired and fatigued. 


“In today’s day and age, we use those terms interchangeably, which isn’t correct,” he says. “Tiredness is something that is natural. You might be tired after a busy day at work or exercising. That’s normal and most people experience that.”


On the other hand, you’ll see that fatigue is more intense than just being tired…


“No matter how much you rest, or how little you do, you still have this feeling of not having a ton of energy or ability to do much,” says Dr. Ankerman. “It can sometimes be a sign of something more serious going on.”


So what might be causing us to be tired or feel fatigued? Here are a few reasons:


Sleep apnea



A sleep disorder where our breathing is interrupted during sleep and we constantly wake up throughout the night.


While sleep apnea can lead to other health problems like high blood pressure, and diabetes, it can also cause us to feel more tired than usual.


“Inadequate sleep or broken irregular sleep can contribute to fatigue or tiredness,” says Dr. Ankerman. “A lot of people are chronically sleep deficient. I recommend that adults try to get at least eight hours of sleep.”


Anemia



If our bodies don’t produce enough red blood cells, that means we could have an iron deficiency, known as anemia.


Those cells are needed to supply our bodies with the right amount of oxygen for our organs to function correctly. It can lead us to feel run down and exhausted.


Anemia is the most common blood condition in the U.S., affecting an estimated 3 million Americans.


Bacterial Infection




When we catch a cold, we will feel worn down and tired. Want to know why? Because our bodies are fighting the infection and it’s putting a strain on our immune system.


“More serious bacterial and viral infections can interact with different organ systems which can cause fatigue,” says Dr. Ankerman.


Hypothyroidism



A condition where the thyroid gland (a small organ located near the front of your neck) doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone. Our metabolism starts to slow down and that can lead to fatigue.


“When you talk to your doctor they will likely order some tests on your thyroid to determine if you have thyroid issues,” says Dr. Ankerman.


Nutritional Deficiency



We’re not getting enough vitamin B12 or vitamin D, causing us to feel tired as well.


“I normally look for certain nutritional deficiencies,” says Dr. Ankerman. “Having a vitamin deficiency can cause issues with fatigue.”


If your doctor finds you have a vitamin deficiency, they may suggest dietary changes and to take superfoods filled with wholesome ingredients your body needs. If so, I have the ideal superfood recommendation for this situation. Organic Energy Blend, known for boosting your energy levels, and getting all the goodness you’re after into your system.

 

Do you feel like your lifestyle needs a change? I am going to share with you ways to lessen fatigue so you can feel much better and energized in the process.

 
  • Losing weight: if our bodies are carrying excess weight, it can exhaust us. It also puts extra strain on our hearts, which can make us tired. Losing weight will help us feel much more energetic.
  • Reducing stress: feeling stressed uses up a lot of energy. Trying to introduce relaxing activities into our day is a must. This could be going to the gym, or gentler options like listening to music, reading, or spending time with friends. Want to learn more about stress management? Click here
  • Talking about it: chatting with a friend may help ease the stress of feeling fatigued. Try it out because it sure helped me!
  • Cutting out caffeine: if we’re feeling tired, we should cut down on caffeine to help improve our sleep. It’s recommended to have no more than 200mg of caffeine a day and not have any at least 4 hours before bedtime.
  • Drinking less alcohol: although a few glasses of wine in the evening may help us fall asleep, we will sleep less deeply after drinking alcohol. We will feel tired the next day, even if we sleep for 8 hours.
  • Drinking more water: we may feel tired because we’re mildly dehydrated. A glass of water will help to hydrate us.

 

Overall, fatigue is often caused by lifestyle factors like a lack of exercise, not getting enough sleep, being overweight, not eating nourishing meals, or feeling stressed. Keep all these things in mind in order to improve your day-to-day life, and feel more energized.


Your doctor can help you sift through your health issues, as well as diet properly, exercise, and improve other lifestyle habits, in order to zero in on the cause and help you on the road to recovery.


Remember you can always get in touch with us if you have any questions!


Hope you have a great day!