If you have been suffering from fatigue lasts more than six months, you may be experiencing chronic fatigue syndrome.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome refers to fatigue that persists without medical cause and can include symptoms such as muscle pain, insomnia, weakness, and impaired memory and/or mental concentration. It typically will affect your day to day life by inhibiting activities.
What causes fatigue? What solutions can help address it?
Chronic Fatigue as a Result of Not Enough Sleep
For most adults, 7-9 hours of sleep is required every day. Not getting deep, quality sleep can have an adverse effect on concentration and health. You should be able to fall asleep within 20 minutes of laying down, not experiencing insomnia, and have 4-5 sleep cycles with include REM.
Solution: Eliminate the factors that interfere with your deep sleep such as TV, laptops, mobile phones, etc. At least 30 minutes before bed, turn off all “screens”.
Chronic Fatigue from Sleep Apnea
Even if you sleep enough, but you still feel tired, it could be experiencing sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is when you have a hard time breathing in your sleep and can be accompanied by extreme snoring.
“Sleep apnea usually is a chronic (ongoing) condition that disrupts your sleep. When your breathing pauses or becomes shallow, you’ll often move out of deep sleep and into light sleep.
As a result, the quality of your sleep is poor, which makes you tired during the day. Sleep apnea is a leading cause of excessive daytime sleepiness.” SOURCE: Why am I so tired?
Solution: If you smoke, stop smoking, as that is a leading cause of sleep apnea. If you’re overweight, shedding some pounds can also help. Making sure you are sleeping in an upright position can increase the airway during the night, which will help you to breathe better.
Are you getting enough fuel?
If you eat too much or eat the wrong kind of food, you may feel more tired than if you choose healthier foods.
Eating a balanced diet can help keep your blood sugar regulated, and those blood sugar drops can be causing you to feel tired.
Solution: Eating meals packed with protein and complex carbohydrates will help to regulate glucose levels and prevent the spike and drop cycle. Never skip meals, and if possible, eat smaller meals every 3 hours rather than 3 larger ones.
How is your caffeine intake?
Moderate caffeine can improve concentration, with an awakening effect, however, if you consume too much caffeine, it can negatively effect your heart rate, blood pressure and nervous symptoms. While you get bursts of energy, consuming an excess amount of coffee can actually lead to fatigue.
Solution: Reduce coffee, tea, chocolate, soft drinks and energy products containing caffeine – gradually.
If you suddenly stop, it can cause you to feel more fatigue.
Are you getting enough water?
Fatigue can also be caused by dehydration. Water consumption is required when you engage in activities throughout the day. When you aren’t well hydrated, you can feel tired.
Solution: Before physical activity, it is important to drink water, as well as during and after to make up for any loss during sweating. Drinking a little throughout the day, about a half to one cup every hour, will also your body to keep hydrated and function better. Most Americans don’t drink enough water. About half your bodyweight in ounces is what is suggested.
Could you be experiencing depression?
Mood disorders and depression, as well as emotional imbalances, can cause negative physical symptoms including fatigue and headaches. Depression can cause fatigue, and fatigue can cause some of the symptoms associated with depression, so it is important to talk to a health provider to determine a diagnosis for either.
Solution: Acupuncture is an excellent alternative solution to stabilize emotional imbalances and help to overcome depression, as well as the other symptoms associated with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
There is a no cure for chronic fatigue, but Best Acupuncture Center can help treat it. Because there are so many reasons that can cause chronic fatigue, a comprehensive examination and treatment plan can be implemented that addresses the complex symptoms. A combination of several physical and environmental factors can be reviewed to understand the root of the problem and provide the most safe and natural way for your body to heal.
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