We live in a society that is perpetually tired. As a result, people are consuming caffeine at alarming rates, getting into car accidents, and making serious mistakes at work.
They are short with people to whom they are closest and lose patience with their spouses and children.
While caffeine is a “quick” fix to fatigue, let’s look at some reasons behind fatigue.
1. Lack of sleep
While this seems obvious, our culture exalts sleeplessness. Don’t worry about what others are doing. Make sure that you are getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night.
Sufficient sleep is vital for your body to repair itself, for your brain to function correctly, and for your overall health! Go here to learn how to get a good night’s rest.
2. Overactive or underative thyroid
When the thyroid does not work well, fatigue is caused by lack of sleep, among other factors. With overactive thyroid, your body may not be able to calm down in order to sleep.
3. Low iron
If you are getting plenty of sleep and are still tired, you may be suffering from low iron levels. Please note that women of child-bearing age are usually prone to low iron levels.
4. Digestive issues
It is challenging to get a good night’s rest when your digestive system is not working properly. The toxins inside you can prevent a good night’s sleep. How do you know if you have digestive issues? If you are not having 2-3 bowl movements a day, it is a good sign that you may have digestive issues.
5. Lack of Vitamin D
Do you notice that you have more energy during the summer months? That is because the sun is out, and the sun is our primary source of Vitamin D. If you live in a climate with long winters or with many cloudy days, you may be lacking Vitamin D.
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6. Your diet may cause fatigue.
If you are getting sufficient sleep and are not experiencing health issues, keeping a food journal may help. Note when you feel tired and see if there is a trend of fatigue after eating certain foods. For me, it was oatmeal and pasta.
7. Sugar may cause fatigue.
Sugar hides in many foods! While consuming sugar can give you a boost of energy, it often leads to a crash. Sugar also depletes nutrition from your body.
If you are experiencing fatigue, there numerous reasons. Instead of guessing, please go to your doctor for blood work.
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