How Can I Beat Tiredness?
How Can I Beat Tiredness?
Experts say that 10% of us at any one time are suffering from persistent tiredness. Persistent tiredness is more common among women than men. General Practitioners say they regularly see patients who come in complaining of severe tiredness.
As a consequence of our busy and stressful modern lifestyles, most of us will at some time experience tiredness. On most occasions, fatigue can be relieved after a good night’s sleep. However, this is not the case for everybody. Some people find that tiredness becomes a chronic problem which undermines their day-to-day functioning – i.e. it significantly affects their quality of life.
It’s extremely normal to feel tired after a hectic day or after a physical activity or even a mental exertion. As such, rest, relaxation, and a good night’s sleep is usually all that are needed to restore energy levels and bounce back to life.
On the other hand, persistent fatigue or fatigue that seems out of proportion to the energy you have expended may indicate the presence of an underlying health problem or the need for lifestyle changes.
Tiredness is insidious. Usually it creeps up on us slowly, making its presence more and more felt, until our lives become increasingly affected by it. Often is accompanied by depression and so not only can we do less, we actually don’t feel up to doing more. It becomes a vicious circle, and one that’s essential to break as quickly as possible.
How Do People Define Tiredness?
Patients who experience tiredness say:
- They lack energy
- They feel discomfort
- They feel unwell
- They feel sleepy
- They have lost motivation
- Their concentration is poor
- They find it hard to make decisions
- They find daily tasks difficult to carry out
- They feel depressed
What Causes Tiredness?
Some of the common causes of fatigue
- Unhealthy diets
- Fast foods
- Certain illnesses
- Hormonal changes
- Caffeine abuse
- Lack of exercise
- Certain medications
- Financial worries
- Small children
Tiredness Can Have Physical Causes
Chronic tiredness can become a vicious circle. If a person feels tired he may avoid most forms of physical activity. He could then become physically unfit and will be even more tired when trying to do something physical.
If your bodyweight is too high or too low for your height you may feel tired because of this. An overweight person’s body has to work harder to do everyday things, compared to a person whose bodyweight is normal. A person who is underweight might have less muscle strength and will tire more easily. The thyroid controls the body’s metabolic rate. If the gland produces too little hormone, you will put on weight, become both physically and mentally sluggish, feel cold, and become tired all the time. The main causes of hypothyroidism are deficiency of nutrients, toxicity (especially fluoride), alcohol, and infection of the intestinal tract by parasites or yeast.
Adrenal exhaustion occurs when a person is chronically stressed as frequently happens in modern day living. The adrenal glands produce hormones to help you in times of extreme physical danger. Adrenaline helps you to fight or run away. But the adrenals are not set up to keep manufacturing adrenaline all the time, and they become overtaxed, causing extreme fatigue. The effects are not just limited to tiredness, however. The immune system works less and less well, making opportunistic infections more likely.
Tiredness May Have Emotional or Mental Causes
Some stress can be invigorating – in fact, many of us need some kind of mental pressure to get going. However, when stress levels are too high they commonly trigger fatigue – stress and worry are two emotions that most frequently cause tiredness. If your stress reaches such a point that you are unable to see the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’, the sensation can be draining. Some people say that when they have no control over a situation it makes them feel frustrated, irritable and tired. Depression can lead to tiredness for many reasons. It could be the depression itself, or the patient may not sleep properly and feel tired as a result. You may need to take medication for a short time, or else pay close attention to nutrition. Any lifestyle changes and taking up relaxation that can help you reduce stress will pay huge dividends.
Your Lifestyle Could Be Making You Tired
There are some jobs which are more likely to cause tiredness. Nurses, firefighters, doctors, the police, and shift-workers in general may have irregular sleep patterns which will often cause tiredness.
If there is a baby in the house you may find that getting a good night’s sleep is a distant memory. Small children may often cause their parent(s) to sleep less.
If you consume too many caffeinated or alcoholic drinks your ability to fall or stay asleep may be affected, especially if you consume them close to your bedtime.
The following lifestyle changes will assist you, whatever the cause of your tiredness:
- Reduce stress by making changes to your work/life balance and simplifying or downsizing if necessary.
- Practice relaxation and/or meditation techniques as often as you can.
- Create a good sleeping environment by making your bedroom dark, quiet and cool.
- Make a ‘quiet hour’ before bed with a warm bath, some uplifting reading or music and avoid television during this time,
- Make exercise a habit, preferably daily. Walk for 20 minutes, or swim, or do a gentle yoga practice or stretching.
- Avoid junk and fast foods as these put your body under stress. Make good nutrition a priority.
- When you are suffering from tiredness, try to put yourself at the center of your own life and make choices that will help you to recover.
Good Luck and Take Care and Beat Tiredness…