3 Facts You Need To Know About Fatigue

“Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment. ~ Dale Carnegie

If you are a working person, you may be more tired than you used to be.

Nearly 40 percent of U.S. workers experience fatigue. This affects productivity and quality of work. And it also affects home life. It’s almost at epidemic levels in modern culture.

People blame fatigue on a variety of causes:

  • Stress at work or home
  • Lack of sleep
  • Low thyroid

While each of these can be part of feeling tired, they aren’t the whole picture.

Here are 3 lesser known facts about fatigue:

Stress

Stress can certainly lead to fatigue. But it isn’t always work or family stress. Anything your body has to adapt to over a long time can wear you down.

The list of these is longer than you might think. For example, food can cause fatigue. If you eat foods that aren’t nourishing, your body has to make up the deficit. Over time, this depletes your reserves. The result is often a drop in energy.

Processed foods can also contain additives that are foreign to your body. Another thing it has to adapt to.

Another cause of stress is exposure to toxins. And in modern times, these are everywhere. You find them in building materials, in the air you breathe and in the environment.

Normally, your body can eliminate toxin stuff. But when there is too much, your system gets overwhelmed. When this happens your body has to adapt. And when it has to adapt for a very long time, you can lose energy.

Sleep

It makes sense to think that not getting enough sleep can leave you tired. If that’s the only cause, then catching up on sleep should fix it. But it doesn’t always.

If a good night’s sleep doesn’t bring you back to your normal energy, then something else is going on. Poor sleep over time weakens your body in many ways. It becomes less efficient. And your mind also looses it’s edge. Studies show that not getting enough sleep can lead to diseases such as diabetes.

What do people often do? They take a sleep drug. The problem with this is that no sleep drugs (prescription or over-the-counter) takes you to the deeper levels of sleep that restore your energy. It might get you to sleep, but won’t help reverse the deficit.

The bottom line is that tiredness not improved by sleep is a sign you need to look deeper. Only then can you fix it.

Thyroid

Doctors often give tired people thyroid medication for fatigue. But it almost never reverses the deeper problem. This is the reason you are told you’ll need to take it for life. And over time, you might need to take more and more thyroid medication.

If you really want to reverse your fatigue, you can’t just focus on one thing like your thyroid. Your thyroid doesn’t act in isolation. Your blood sugar levels, your adrenal health and your lifestyle all play a factor.

If you want to reverse fatigue and reclaim your best energy levels, it’s best to look into the deeper causes and fix them.

All the best to you for your health and happiness,

Dr. Bruce Eichelberger

 

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