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What’s Up With My Constant Tiredness & Lack of Energy?
What’s Up With My Constant Tiredness & Lack of Energy?
Did you know that feeling exhausted or having a constant lack of energy is so common these days it has its own acronym? It’s TATT: Tired All The Time.
Unfortunately, due to the way life simply is these days, most of us have days or even weeks when TATT feels plastered to our foreheads.
Here are some of the symptoms you might be experiencing if you know what I’m talking about:
• Burn out
• Brain fog
• Loss of sex drive and/or passion in your relationships
And if you’re anything like most of us, you’re probably trying to combat this by dragging yourself through the day jacked up on sugar and caffeine, and stuck on the couch at night because you don’t have the energy to go do the things you want to do.
Then the vicious cycle starts all over again the next day.
The good news is it DOESN’T have to be this way. By making changes and tweaks to the way we eat and live our lives, we CAN impact the amount of energy we have.
But before we get to how we can boost our energy levels naturally and leave TATT behind us, let’s look at the difference between fatigue and tiredness.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FATIGUE AND TIREDNESS
Fatigue runs the gamut from severe debilitating chronic fatigue where you cannot function at work or with your day-to-day responsibilities, to much more mild fatigue or tiredness like:
• The day-to-day 3 pm afternoon crash, or
• General tiredness that’s sometimes constant or shows up without warning, or
• Waking up tired and groggy, or
• Noticing you’re not as energetic as you used to be.
Important: If unsure, always see your doctor to make sure that your fatigue isn’t caused by an underlying medical problem, such as the following:
10 MEDICAL REASONS WHY YOU MAY BE FEELING FATIGUED OR TIRED
Here are 10 health conditions known to cause fatigue and tiredness, so if you suspect you might be suffering from one, please see your doctor:
Anaemia: iron deficiency is a very common medical reason for feeling constantly run down. It can be diagnosed by your doctor with a blood test.
Sleep Apnoea: the narrowing or closing of your throat while sleeping which frequently interrupts your breathing and causes you to snore loudly and have a drop in your blood’s oxygen levels. This results in frequent waking up during the night and feeling exhausted the next day.
Underactive Thyroid: means having not enough “thyroxine” (thyroid hormone) in your blood which makes it likely you’ll feel tired, put on weight, have aching muscles and dry skin. This can be diagnosed by your doctor with a blood test.
Coeliac Disease: caused by our immune system negatively reacting to gluten and causing tiredness, diarrhoea, bloating, anaemia and weight loss. This can be diagnosed by your doctor with a blood test.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: a severe and debilitating type of fatigue that continues for at least 4 months. Often accompanied by muscle or joint pain. It cannot be tested for with a single blood test, rather it’s a diagnosis of exclusion made by your doctor.
Diabetes: one of the primary symptoms of Type 1 and 2 Diabetes is feeling overly tired, as well as being particularly thirsty with the need to urinate a lot at night, and unexplained weight loss. Can be diagnosed by your doctor with a blood test.
Glandular Fever: while most cases are diagnosed in teenagers and young adults, it is a common viral infection that causes fatigue, fever, a sore throat and swollen glands. Unfortunately, the fatigue can stay for several more months after the other symptoms clear up.
Depression: not only does this affect you emotionally it can also drain your energy physically. It can prevent you from getting to sleep and/or wake you early in the morning, leading to feelings of exhaustion during the day.
Restless Legs Syndrome: is the strong and involuntary urge to move or kick-out your legs at night, which can lead to disrupted and poor quality sleep.
Anxiety: here we’re talking about constant and uncontrollable levels that can affect energy levels and daily life.
While these are the main medical reasons you could be lacking energy, here are some other physical causes of tiredness:
• Being pregnant
• Being overweight or obese
• Being underweight
• Side effects of some medicines and treatments such as radio- and chemotherapy, as well as herbal remedies
• Carbon monoxide poisoning – can come from your gas boiler not being serviced regularly.
OTHER CAUSES OF CONSTANT TIREDNESS & LACK OF ENERGY
Psychological causes of tiredness are much more common than physical ones and include the following:
• Stress: the regular ups and downs of everyday life can cause stress for most of us, even including positive events, such as getting married, changing jobs or moving house.
• Emotional Shock: dealing with bereavement, job loss, or a relationship break-up or difficulties, all lead to feeling exhausted for a time.
• Depression & Anxiety: as discussed above.
Lifestyle causes: in our constantly turned on 24/7, Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO) world, it’s no wonder our lifestyle may be making us tired.
Here is a list of energy zapping lifestyle culprits:
• Too much alcohol: drinking too much affects the quality of our sleep and that sore head also affects the quality of our morning after. Limiting the amount we consume positively affects our energy levels.
• Smoking: while most of us understand that smoking is a #1 threat to our health, many don’t know that it also causes insomnia, as the nicotine found in tobacco is not only a stimulant making it difficult to fall asleep, but once asleep, smokers may find its addictive power wakes them with cravings.
• Exercise: too little or overdoing it will affect how tired you feel and your energy levels.
• Caffeine: too much of the type found in certain teas, coffee, cola and energy drinks often leaves us feeling tired and wired.
• Working Night Shifts.
• Napping during the day too often or for too long.
Being constantly tired and without energy not only has us feeling miserable, but it also prevents us from being the person we’re capable of being. And trying to simply push through fatigue is one of the most counterproductive things you can do.
So be on the lookout for Part 2 where I’ll be sharing with you the changes and tweaks you can make to your daily food and lifestyle habits so you can naturally cultivate a high-energy body for yourself!