Fatigue, here are the reasons why you may be more tired than usual
19 Feb 2017
Fatigue is due to overstretching yourself with a hectic schedule. There are other factors however that are definitely at play when it comes to excessive fatigue.
Your job, deadlines, traffic jams and the demands of a modern lifestyle have a role to play. Alternatively, it may be simply an aspect of your life and health that you are just neglecting.
Here are six possible contributors toward your lack of energy and constant fatigue, they may be obvious, but they certainly do have an impact on your energy levels.
Fatigue and your diet
Like your car, your body need fuel, a source of energy that allows you to get through your daily tasks. Are you feeding your body the right fuels? Sugars are a form of simple carbohydrates they jump-start your ‘engine,’ but this energy is temporary, leading to rapid spikes and drops in your blood sugar levels and eventually a feeling of exhaustion and burn-out!
The ideal diet is rich in foods that will give you long-lasting and sustained fuel in the form complex carbohydrates. Vegetables, beans, and whole grains contain long-chain carbohydrates which are slow release energy sources and a must for any eating plan.
Low ATP levels
The body makes use of a primary energy molecule known as adenosine triphosphate (ATP). These energy molecules fuel every metabolic reaction in your body. However, as you age, your bodies resources start to dry up and inevitable result in fatigue and a lack of energy.
Your body requires added resources from antioxidants such as Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) to aid in the manufacture of ATP. By simply adding this to you daily supplementation you can aid your body’s natural energy resources.
A Thyroid Imbalance
A constant feeling of tiredness and fatigue can be linked to the thyroid gland situated in the neck area. The thyroid regulates the rate at which your body consumes energy. Even the slightest imbalance in your thyroid hormone levels can result in you feeling fatigued. Ask your doctor for a comprehensive thyroid panel which screens for TSH, T4, T3, plus free T3 and free T4 levels. It is important to note that simply testing TSH by itself will not provide enough information!
Bad sleeping habits
A lack of quality sleep will over time progress from tiredness and lethargy. Ongoing sleep deprivation will result in brain fog and eventually burn-out. Sleep helps your body restore brain function and recharge your batteries.
Research has shown that sleep increases the levels of ATP in the brain, as a result explaining why an all-nighter can leave you mentally drained the next morning.
A Medical Condition Can Make You Feel Tired
If you are still constantly tired despite making all the above lifestyle changes, it would be wise to see a doctor.
Persistent fatigue is also linked to anxiety, depression, allergies, sleep disorders or heart problems. Do not leave ongoing fatigue unattended to, prevention is better than cure.