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Why Do I Feel So Tired?

September 05, 2013


There are a number of reasons why South African’s are feeling fatigued, and not all of them are to do with the everyday hustle and bustle of living in a urbanised country such as ours. We’ve listed the top 5, with a lack of sleep being number one on the list. You will however be surprised by some of the rest...

Fatigue Cause No. 1: Not Enough Sleep

As obvious as it may seem, it is an unfortunate part of life that in most countries around the globe we fail as a species to get enough sleep. This negatively affects everything from concentration to heart health, but it can be remedied… 

Make sleep a priority in your life! Get between 7 and 8 hours of sleep whenever you can and keep to a regular sleep schedule. Also ban laptops, cell phones and tablets from your bedroom. If you still battle to get to sleep, then consult a doctor as you may be suffering from a sleep disorder.     

Fatigue Cause No. 2: Sleep Apnea

If you are getting enough sleep, but still find that you are suffering from fatigue, then you could have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a medical condition in which you briefly stop breathing throughout the night. Every time this happens your body wakes for a moment resulting in sleep deprivation. 

If you think that you suffer from sleep apnea then please consult a doctor. In many cases however, sleep apnea can be remedied when a person stops smoking, loses weight or uses a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) device.  

Fatigue Cause No. 3: Not Enough Food

Something as simple as not eating enough or even the correct foods can cause fatigue. You need to eat a balanced diet that will help you keep your blood sugar within a normal range. 

To prevent this from becoming a problem you need to eat breakfast and include protein and complex carbs with every meal. You can also eat healthy snacks throughout the day to help sustain your energy levels. 

Fatigue Cause No. 4: Anemia

Did you know that Anemia is a leading cause of fatigue in women? This is because menstrual blood loss can cause an iron deficiency, which in turn causes fatigue. This is because red blood cells need iron to carry oxygen to your tissues and organs.

To help prevent this use iron supplements and eat iron-rich foods such as lean meat, liver, shellfish and beans.

Fatigue Cause No. 5: Depression

Many people think of depression as an emotional disorder, but the truth is that it has many physical symptoms as well. These include fatigue, headaches and loss of appetite. 

We suggest that if you are feeling tired and “down” for more than a few weeks that you contact your doctor immediately. Depression can be treated and responds well to psychotherapy and/or medication, both of which will also help with your feelings of fatigue. 

Source: www.medicinenet.com


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