Do you feel tired when you get up in the morning and have to drag yourself out of bed and through the rest of your day?
Or do you find that you feel tired as the day progresses and can’t wait to get to bed at night.
Tiredness or fatigue is when you
lack energy and motivation.
Fatigue is a common symptom, and it is usually not due to a serious disease. It can be a normal response after intense physical activity, emotional stress, or boredom.
But it can be a sign of a more serious mental or physical condition.
The most common causes of tiredness are about lifestyle choices such as-
- Lack of sleep
- Eating habits – reaching for sugar and caffeine can often backfire leading to more fatigue
- If you are unfit you are more likely to feel tired. Regular exercisers suffer much less from fatigue.
When fatigue is not relieved by enough sleep, good nutrition, exercise or a low-stress environment, there could be medical causes, such as –
- Anaemia – a common cause, it usually occurs in females with heavy menstrual periods.
- Under active and/or over active thyroid
- Deficiency of key nutrients
- Sleep problems such as sleep apnoea
- Persistent pain
- Regular use of alcohol/ drugs
These can be diagnosed by a visit to your doctor who will determine the possible cause by taking a thorough history and doing an examination. Blood and urine testing might be required to diagnose some conditions such as anaemia and thyroid abnormalities. Once a diagnosis is made, most causes can be treated by medication and /or lifestyle changes.
Here are a few tips for reducing fatigue:
- Get enough sleep each night.
- Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet and drink plenty of water throughout the day.
- Exercise regularly.
- Try different ways to relax like yoga or meditation.
- Balance work and personal life.
- Change or reduce your stressors, if possible. For example, take a vacation or resolve relationship problems.
- Avoid alcohol, nicotine, and drug use.
So my challenge for you is this.
What 1 step can you take to boost your energy? This could be anything from starting an exercise programme, to reducing your caffeine intake to maybe even visiting your doctor if you feel it’s necessary to have yourself checked out.
Remember most causes of fatigue are due to lifestyle choices, and can be relieved by simple changes in sleep, diet and/or exercise.
If you are still feeling tired despite making these changes, or if your fatigue is out of proportion with your physical activity, or you have other symptoms such as dizziness, loss of appetite, sadness etc. consider visiting your doctor.
Lastly, as Aristotle said:
Let me know how it goes …
Take care and remember to keep on creating a life of joy that you are meant to be living right now…
Dr G Chiba