Why am I so tired? Is this a question you ask yourself? If you were working longer hours than usual or doing more work than usual, the answer would be obvious. When you are tired all of the time, no matter how much you rest, something just isn’t right.
Fatigue is universally the most common condition that we see in our office. It accompanies many other conditions. It is a precursor to most disease processes.
Fatigue is generally caused by asking your body to do more that it is capable of doing and/or for a longer time than it is capable. It is like running a race that you haven’t trained for.
The common signs of fatigue are:
- Waking up feeling tired
- Needing stimulants such as caffeine to get going
- Craving caffeine, sugar and/or salt
- Felling overly tired in the afternoon
- Felling dizzy when you stand up (orthostatic hypotension)
- Sun light bothers your eyes
The good news is that fatigue can be beaten. The bad news is that to do it, you’ll have to make some changes. The most import change is to guard your sleep. Try to get at least 7 1/2 hours of undisturbed sleep per night. Second, no stimulants whatsoever. Stimulants make the problem worse. Third, eat frequently, especially proteins. Eating frequently takes a lot of stress from you tapped out adrenal glands.