Let’s be honest, there isn’t anything much worse than feeling tired. We all know what it’s like to walk through the day feeling like a zombie. It isn’t fun! But did you know that being tired and feeling fatigued isn’t the same thing. Fatigue is an overwhelming sense of tiredness that isn’t relieved with rest. There are many factors that contribute to your feeling of fatigue. But here at Innova, we want you to know that there is something you can do about it. Radon for more information about fatigue and ways you can combat this Energy sucker and get your life back.
There are many reasons why you may be experiencing fatigue
According to Healthline, fatigue can arise from 3 different main causes: lifestyle, underlying health issues, and mental health. Now, within these 3 main categories, there are multiple factors and reasons why you just can’t snap out of your continuous tiredness. Let’s take a look at the first factor: lifestyle.
The way you live your life has an impact on your body’s ability to repair itself and get quality rest. It could be that your overwhelming fatigue is the result of lifestyle factors. What do we mean by this? The foods we eat, the things we ingest, our activity levels, alcohol use, our stress levels, grief, obesity, and lack of proper sleep, even hydration all fall under this broad category. If you are not feeling your best, consider your lifestyle choices and evaluate the decisions you are making. Maybe it is time to clean up really be honest with yourself about your lifestyle and make some adjustments.
You can take steps now to change your lifestyle that may address your fatigue levels. For example, addressing your nutrition might be the way to tackle your fatigue. Proper fueling has an impact on sleep. For example, have you ever noticed how eating foods high in sugar cause an immediate energy rush only to lead to an inevitable energy crash? Perhaps you need to rethink the foods you consume. The best way to handle fatigue through diet is to incorporate a well-balanced whole-food approach to fuel your body.
A delicious cup of coffee is a great way to start the day, however, it can also disrupt your sleep. Caffeine in proper amounts it’s totally fine for your health. However, too much caffeine can lead to heart palpitations and even cause anxiety. That extra cup of Joe might even increase your blood pressure. If you’re consuming too much caffeine you will most likely notice disturbances in your sleep as well.
If you are excessively sleepy, it may be time to ditch the alcohol. While alcohol can lead to an instant euphoric feeling or feeling of relaxation, it does nothing to help you rest. Many people are under the false assumption that a couple of glasses of wine before bed will have them sleep better. You may get that shirt are you want, but it won’t be deep restful sleep. This can totally impact your fatigue levels.
Physical and mental health
There are many underlying health conditions that can contribute to your fatigue levels. For example, hypothyroidism, many cancers, eating disorders, fibromyalgia, and many more may contribute to your feelings of fatigue. If you’re noticing that you just don’t feel like yourself or are expediting fevers, rapid weight loss, tightness in your chest, or unexplained symptoms, please seek medical advice immediately.
Poor mental health and fatigue go hand in hand. Did you know that mental health plays a role in at least fifty percent of fatigue cases? Depression and anxiety both disrupt neurotransmitters such as doing and serotonin which can lead to decreases in energy levels. Stress keeps the body in a constant state of fight or flight which means adrenaline and cortisol are present throughout the body for prolonged periods of time. This can lead to extreme tiredness as well.
When is it time to seek help?
Sometimes the reasons for your fatigue are easy to spot. Perhaps you’ve been under set a lot of stress at work and a project is keeping you up at night. It may be that you have taken on a new training program and your body is worn out from the physical exertion. You might be a shift worker who has trouble sleeping during daylight hours. As previously noted, there are many reasons why you just can’t seem to catch up on the rest you need.
However, at other times the reasons behind your fatigue may be a mystery. If you’ve addressed your nutrition, activity levels, and stress but still feel off, it is time to seek medical attention to find out if there is something else at work.
If you’ve been extremely tired for 2 weeks or more, why not contact your medical care provider to get to the root of the issue?
Here at Innova Primary Care, we will do a thorough physical exam and talk with you about your lifestyle choices and why you believe you just can’t shake the fatigue. We will ask about your medical history and any medications you are taking and we will also address your mental health. We treat the whole person mind, body, and soul.
Fatigue is more than feeling tired. It’s an overwhelming feeling of exhaustion that you cannot rid yourself of. If you feel this way, let’s get to the bottom of it. We want to see our patients thrive and know that fatigue is no way to live. Reach out today and let us help you get back on the road to rest.