why am i so tired? 4 causes of fatigue...

Getting plenty of sleep but still exhausted? Before you blame your multi-tasking, superman lifestyle, learn more about what might be at the root of your unexplained fatigue.

Anaemia:  Causes of anaemia include a deficiency of iron, folic acid, or vitamin B12. Symptoms can include dizziness, feeling cold & irritability. Treatment usually consists of iron supplements if iron deficiency is the cause – Good sources are spinach and Nettle tea. 

Underactive Thyroid (hypothyroidism):  If you are generally sluggish, run down and even a little depressed, the problem may be a slow thyroid. The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland that sits at the base of your neck and controls your metabolism – the speed at which your body operates. 

According to the American Thyroid Foundation, by age 60 approximately 17% of all women will have a thyroid disorder and most won’t know it. Blood tests will detect thyroid hormone levels and if these are low natural and/ or synthetic hormones can bring you up to speed and you should begin to feel better fairly rapidly. Thyrostim is a natural supplement that normalises thyroid function.

Caffeine Overload:  Many of us grab a coffee or cola for a quick burst of energy, but for some, caffeine can have the opposite effect. If you take too much the tables can turn – indeed in some people continued abuse actually results in fatigue. And if you think this means you simply require more caffeine to get the kick, you are wrong. Any attempts to solve the problem by increasing caffeine intake causes the fatigue to worsen. 

Also remember its not only in coffee, chocolate, tea, soda and even some medications also contain caffeine. Large doses of Vitamin C can help overcome the caffeine effects also.

Sleep Apnea: If you are not getting enough sleep, it stands to reason you will be tired. But what if you don’t know that you aren’t getting sufficient sleep? This is often the case with a condition called Sleep Apnea – a sleep disorder that causes you to momentarily stop breathing, often many times during the night. Each time you stop breathing you awaken just long enough to disrupt your sleep cycle, usually without being aware of it. 

Your only clue is that you experience constant fatigue no matter how many hours you sleep each night. Sleep apnea, which is caused by an upper airway obstruction, often occurs in patients who are overweight or obese. 

Snoring is often a sign of sleep apnea. If you have sleep apnea you will have to make lifestyle changes, including losing weight and quitting smoking. Medical treatment includes devices that keep airway passages open while you sleep. In extreme cases      surgery may be necessary to ensure proper airway flow. Left untreated, sleep apnea can increase your risk of stroke or heart attack.

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