We all get tired every so often, from not enough sleep, overexertion or just the need to shut down for a few minutes. For most people, these feelings of fatigue happen occasionally. But if your need for sleep starts to affect your daily schedule, it might be something more than just being tired.
There are some health conditions that can cause you to feel fatigued, like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and fibromyalgia. But there are other things like inflammation, chronic pain, anemia, depression, and stress that can cause you to feel tired, even though you may have just woke up.
When you’re in pain, fatigue can be triggered by insomnia and light sleep cycles. It can also be hard to find a comfortable position in bed when you have sore muscles and joints. When it comes to sleep, its more about the quality of sleep you get and not the quantity. You will feel better after getting some very deep sleep for five or six hours than if you spent eight or nine hours tossing and turning.
Beating fatigue can be challenging, especially if you’re still unsure of what is causing it. But there are some things you can do to beat fatigue and start feeling like your old self again. Regular exercise is a great example. It helps to increase muscle mass and strength and also improves circulation and flexibility. Go slowly at first, especially if you’re new to it and gently build up.
How is your diet? The food you eat is what fuels your body, which means if you’re not eating a well balanced diet, your body will run out of energy quickly. Again, start slowly and work your way into better eating habits. Make sure you’re always eating breakfast with protein and some complex carbohydrates like whole-grains or veggies. Skip the processed foods and opt instead for fresh fruit, veggies, nuts, and whole grains to give your body the energy you need.
There are other things that can help like maintaining a regular sleep schedule and routine, taking a break when you feel tired and taking care to not injure yourself. Chronic fatigue, no matter what the cause, can be frustrating and leave you feeling powerless. But taking a few key steps in the right direction can help you feel better.