Do you feel as if you are drained of all your energy, even though you feel as though you’ve been sleeping well and appear to be in good health?
I am tired all the time and being tired all the time is frustrating—especially when there’s no explanation for your energy drain. Me myself, I work 2 jobs at 13 hours per day and usually function on 5 to 6 hours of sleep per night. What I don’t understand is how sluggish I tend to be and how little energy I have, day-to-day. I did a little research and found ten simple reasons that may be the reason or reasons for my fatigue.
1. Electronics Use before Bed
Let me put it this way; if you’re wired…well, you’ll stay wired for a while. It’s true, studies show that using electronics before bedtime, like smart phones, laptops, computers, watching television or playing video games turns up the fight-or-flight response, keeping you in a state of stress. You may be unable to sleep due to increased blood pressure and pulse hours after using electronics. So, turn off your electronics 3 hours before bedtime. Yeah, I don’t see that happening. I either Pinterest or read my Kindle before bed. It’s what helps me to relax before bedtime.
2. Poor Diet
Cutting calories may help you shed unwanted pounds, but inadequate nourishment will cause severe energy drain. The same goes for a diet full of refined sugars and carbohydrates—it will leave you beat! Instead, consume a well-balanced diet of fresh fruits and veggies, lean proteins, and complex carbohydrates to keep you fueled throughout the day. That means 3 meals, plus nutritious snacks too! My jobs consist of taking care of everyone else so I tend to eat very poorly and grab the least nutritious item I can find. I need to do a better job. This is probably one of my biggest problems.
3. Feeling Blue Lately?
Depression is an emotional disorder that shows itself predominantly in unexplained fatigue, lack of appetite, and negative feelings—all which contribute to that lack of energy you might be feeling. If any of you Wunderful readers are dealing with depression, you should talk to a doctor and start a treatment plan to level mood and energy via exercise, counseling, and in some cases, prescription medication.
4. Lingering UTI or Yeast Infection
Usually we ladies know when we have a yeast or urinary tract infection (UTI). However, if you’ve treated a UTI or yeast infection recently—it may be lingering even though you’re no longer experiencing symptoms. If the infection is still present, you may be feeling extreme fatigue. Talk to your doctor to ensure you eliminated the infection completely. This is news to me. I did not know that this could cause fatigue in an individual.
5. Sleep Apnea
Even though you think you’re sleeping soundly through the night, you might not be. You may be suffering from sleep apnea, a condition that briefly stops your breathing multiple times each night, disrupting your deep sleep even though you’re not aware of it. One way to know for sure is to ask your spouse—are you keeping him or her up at night with your sleep apnea snoring? If so, it may be time to lose weight, quit smoking, or consult a sleep clinic about using a CPAP device to keep your airways open during sleep. I think I’ll just leave this one alone.
6. Thyroid Issues
Hypothyroidism, results in an underactive thyroid, the gland responsible for controlling your metabolism (or the rate your body converts food to energy). Those with hyperthyroidism have sluggish metabolisms, which leave them drained of energy and prone to weight gain. If you suspect a thyroid issue, ask your doctor to check your hormone levels.
7. You May Be Anemic
Anemia is a surefire way to feel fatigued—particularly for women who can become anemic due to blood loss from menstrual blood. Anemia causes a severe iron deficiency, which results in low blood cells count. And you require red blood cells to carry oxygen and energy to your tissues and organs. To combat anemia, incorporate some iron-rich foods, such as shellfish, beans, whole grain cereals, and beef liver into your weekly diet.
In the early stages of the condition, many people suffer from diabetes without even knowing it. Diabetes causes excess sugars to remain in the bloodstream because it can’t be transferred into insulin for cell absorption (and fuel). This will result in total system fatigue. If you have a family history of diabetes or are overweight, talk to your doctor about getting tested.
9. Too Much Caffeine
Caffeine—in coffee, caffeinated teas, soda, energy drinks, certain medications, and chocolate—can provide the kick you need when you’ve suffered too little sleep. However, you can overdo it by drinking too much caffeine, resulting in accelerated heart rate, blood pressure, and ultimately, exhaustion. If you drink too much caffeine, you may need to cut back. I didn’t even know that there was such a thing as too much caffeine. It’s what keeps me going all day long. This probably would explain a lot.
A very simple and quick fix if you are feeling fatigued is to drink water. Dehydration is a common energy-zapper if you aren’t getting adequate liquids. One telltale sign of dehydration is your urine. If it’s dark yellow in color, you’re not well hydrated and you need to drink more water. I will admit that I am not very good at drinking enough water. I have a tendency to go to other things before water. This would also explain a lot.