Tired all the Time? Eight Medical Issues to be Aware Of
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It’s estimated that 20 percent of Americans feel tired to the point that it interferes with their daily life. This type of overwhelming and chronic fatigue interferes with your ability to enjoy life and feel productive, but why does it happen?
Over 20 percent of menopausal women in the United States are diagnosed with thyroid dysfunction, of which fatigue is a common symptom.
Countless emotional and physical problems can contribute to feelings of tiredness, but often fatigue is the result of taxing lifestyle habits such as:
Not sleeping enough (getting even one hour less sleep than you need can leave you feeling drowsy, according to the Mayo Clinic)
Eating poorly or drinking too much caffeine or alcohol
Stress (trying to do too much, worrying about work or finances, etc.)
How can you tell if your lifestyle is causing you to be tired?
Take two to three weeks and clean up your act -- get more sleep, trim your social obligations, eat better, drink more water, take a high-quality mutlivitamin and cut back on caffeine and alcohol, Sandra Adamson Fryhofer, MD, of Atlanta recommended in Prevention magazine.
"If you have made the changes that make sense, and you're still feeling the symptoms of fatigue, then you need professional help," Dr. Fryhofer said.
If feelings of fatigue are interfering with your quality of life, see a health care professional to help you find the root of the problem. Numerous medical conditions, such as the ones listed below, may be to blame.
Eight Common Medical Causes of Fatigue
Decreased energy, fatigue, and feeling "slowed down" are common symptoms of depression to watch out for.
Ready to Increase Your Energy Once and for All?
If you’ve ruled out health conditions as the cause of your tiredness, there’s a good chance that your habits and routines are actually to blame. You can increase your energy and vigor by simply striving to:
Eat well. A healthy diet with fresh, minimally processed foods will give you drastically more energy than a diet of mostly processed food. Make sure to include plenty of protein as well -- your body needs it to keep organs functioning and energy levels up.
Exercise. Though it sounds ironic, putting out the energy to work out will give you more energy and make your daily tasks easier. While doing a cardio workout, alternate several minutes of high-intensity movement with several minutes of lower intensity. This will get your energy levels up without wearing you down.
Tend to your emotions. Worry, anxiety, stress and other negative emotions will drain your energy -- fast. Even positive emotions like excitement and anticipation can wear you down energy-wise. So make sure you take time every day to calm your mind and relax. Your body and mind know how to relax -- we just need to give them "permission" to do so. This is easier said than done, of course, so for those of you who need a little help, contact your practitioner to discuss your specific health concerns and conditions that might be directly or indirectly related.
Limit your caffeine intake. Too much coffee or caffeinated soda will actually tire you out in the long run (about one cup a day is ok). Instead of reaching for caffeinated beverages, drink water. To become hydrated you need twice the number of glasses of water for every caffeinated soda you drink.
Drink more water. If you get dehydrated, it will make you feel sluggish. Be sure to avoid BPA and toxins in your water as well.
Stretch. It’s a deceptively simple way to increase your daily energy. Using the proper form in stretching is essential to achieving the maximum energy benefits.
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MayoClinic.com: Fatigue: When to Rest, When to Worry