Did you know that fatigue affects nearly one-third of teens, adults, and the elderly? If you find yourself feeling tired all the time, there are many reasons that could be causing your lack of energy.
Fatigue is horrible, it affects your ability to concentrate, work, exercise, social life, motivation, and general quality of life.
Do you feel that no matter the amount of sleep you get every night, that you are still feeling fatigued and sleepy all the time? This could be a symptom of a serious disease or just a change in lifestyle.
So the problem is, with so many causes of fatigue, how do you know which you are suffering from and how can you gain your energy and life back?
Thankfully, we did that research for you, keep reading to learn more about the different causes of feeling tired all the time, so you can get on top of it and enjoy life again.
It is estimated that an approximate 300 people around the world suffer from depression. This is either caused by situational experiences or a chemical imbalance of neurotransmitters in the brain.
People that are suffering from depression typically feel sad, angry, alone, lack of motivation, worthlessness, suicidal thoughts and feeling tired all the time.
Depression can sometimes lead to insomnia because you have a hard time falling asleep, wake up in the middle of the night, and feel sluggish in the morning.
Some natural remedies for situational depression are:
Change your diet to include more wholesome foods such as essential fats such as omega 3’s, complex carbohydrates, and lots of vegetables. Remove any processed foods, sugars, alcohol, and caffeine. These are all food that will affect your mood, blood sugar and hormones in a negative way.
Research has proven the incredible benefits of exercise for depression. Just the simple act of getting up and going for a walk when you are feeling down can help you feel better.
Mindfulness is a powerful and natural way of reducing symptoms of depression. It helps you to get out of your busy mind and into your body where you can feel through the pain in order to release it.
Hypothyroidism is a very common disease where the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough of the thyroid hormone. The worst thing about this disease is that a majority of people do not even know that they have it, they just think they are sleepy all the time.
If you are constantly tired and have other symptoms such as weight gain and irregular heartbeat, go to your doctor to have your thyroid tested.
The thyroid is a major gland that secrets hormones that regulate nearly every function in the body such as regulating temperature, protein production, heart rate, and your metabolism and energy levels.
Some natural ways to cope with thyroid disease are to eliminate gluten and dairy from your diet, do a heavy metal detox, take iodine and selenium supplements, and eat more wholesome foods.
Adrenal and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
If you are feeling tired all the time, that is a very major symptom of adrenal fatigue. Your adrenal glands release more than 50 different hormones in the body, most which control your energy and sleep levels.
Unfortunately, women are more at risk of developing adrenal fatigue, in fact, four times more likely than men. If you are feeling tired all the time along with muscle and joint pain, digestive issues, weight gain, and trouble concentrating, you could be suffering from adrenal fatigue.
These days, with less exercising and more demands on working office jobs, sedentary lifestyles are on the rise. They say that sitting is the new smoking and can cause back problems, neck stiffness, headaches, fatigue, and muscle conditions.
An active lifestyle will also help decrease the chances of developing certain diseases and hormone imbalances, which in turn, helps you to sleep better and improves your health.
If you think that you are too tired to start working out, think again. Exercising will get your blood pumping and release certain hormones that will lift your mood, energize the body and give you an overall sense of well being.
Lack of Sleep
Many Americans are not getting the amount of sleep that they need to function and stay healthy. The average adult should be getting between 7-9 hours of sleep per night.
If you are not getting adequate sleep, you could be experiencing:
- Poor diet (craving quick energy pick-ups such as refined sugars)
- chronic pain
- Adrenal fatigue
- Emotional responses such as sadness, anger, worthlessness
- Lack of motivation
- Digestive disorders
- Weight gain
- Lack of concentration
- Cognitive decline
- Heart palpitations
- Slow motor function
- Affects the ability to drive safely, increasing one’s chance of a fatal car crash
There are some natural remedies to sleep better, all of which have very good results:
- Meditate at night
- Read instead of watch tv
- Get off all electronics with a bright screen at least 2 hours before sleep
- Use calming essential oils
- Run a warm bath with Epsom salts
- Limit caffeine intake
- Remove refined sugary foods from your diet
- Stop drinking alcohol
Most people think the only cure to better sleep is to take sleeping medications, which will only make matters worse as they prevent you from actually getting good quality, natural sleep. Try these remedies first.
Tired of feeling Tired All the Time? Here’s What to Do.
Now that you have learned some of the main culprits of feeling tired all the time, you are probably wondering, “what’s next?”
Consult with your doctor if you feel you have a serious underlying health condition first, then try some of these natural remedies to help you gain your energy and life back.
If you would like to learn more about natural energy boosters, check out our article on the top five sources of iron for more strength and energy in your life.