Maybe there is no person, who don’t feel extremely tired from time to time. It’s completely natural to feel exhausted after stress at work or having four-hour workout.
If you sleep five hours instead of needed seven or eight, you probably feel drowsy and tired too.
Those, who misuse alcohol and follow poor diet, often suffer from chronic fatigue.
However feeling tired all the time, even having after rest and proper sleep, may be a warning sign of health problems.
It may appear really hard to perform daily activities, like making a bed or climbing stairs. It’s not uncommon that people experience mental fatigue, when they can’t concentrate, make decisions and take a part in conversations.
So, what are the main culprits of lower energy levels? Here is the list:
#1. Anemia – red blood cells contain hemoglobin, which carries oxygen to every cell in your body. If your organism lacks in RBCs or hemoglobin, you may experience long-lasting fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath, chest pain and headache. It’s a common problem for women with heavy periods, peptic ulcer, cancer and chronic diseases. Vegans, who don’t get enough folate and vitamin B12, have also high risks of anemia occurrence.
#2. Diabetes – elevated blood sugar levels may result in extreme fatigue, thirst, increased urge to urinate and unintentional weight changes.
#3. Depression – everyone may feel sad. But the problem is, if your low mood, anxiety, loss of interest to activities and lack of energy last for a long time.
#4. Hypothyroidism – if your thyroid gland fails to produce enough hormones, you may suffer from brain fog, muscle aching, unexplained weight gain and tiredness. Actually it was found that women are much more likely to have thyroid problems.
#5. Chronic fatigue syndrome – the name speaks for itself. CFS is a complicated problem, which can’t be explained by any exact medical condition. In this disorder, fatigue becomes apparent after physical and mental activity, but doesn’t go away after rest.
#6. Fibromyalgia – it’s another poorly-understood condition, which manifests in widespread pain, fatigue and cognitive problems. Nobody knows exact reason for developing fibromyalgia. Scientists believe that it’s about abnormal perception of pain signals and changes in neurotransmitters (brain chemicals).
#7. Coeliac disease – it’s possible that your body reacts badly on taking gluten, contained in bread, cereals etc.
#8. Heart disease – your heart is a pump that pushes blood through the vessels, providing proper oxygenation to the whole body. If the heart becomes too weak to perform its function properly, you may feel tired after activities that used to be easy earlier.
#9. Inflammatory bowel disease – chronic inflammation in the digestive tract may be responsible for your fatigue, abdominal pain, diarrhea and loss of appetite. Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are two types of IBD.
#10. Sleep apnea – it’s a really serious disorder, in which you may stop to breathe for several seconds while sleeping. This may occur because of mistakes in sending nerve signals or as a result of throat muscles relaxation that closes the airways. The most common symptoms include loud snoring, insomnia, morning tiredness and headache.
#11. Medications – certain medicines, including antihistamines, statins, steroids and anti-anxiety pills, may cause drowsiness and lack of energy.
Treating the main reason will improve your well-being. It’s also very important to perform good sleep hygiene, stay physically active and normalize your diet, if you want to get rid of fatigue.
Numerous studies proved effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy, yoga and meditation in treating chronic tiredness.