It is normal to feel tired sometimes, despite allowing yourself adequate amounts of sleep. Eating a healthy balanced diet, taking regular exercise, reducing stress levels and getting plenty of rest usually relieves tiredness caused by physical or emotional stress.
Occasionally tiredness and lack of energy can be a sign of an underlying condition. If you are constantly tired, seek medical advice.
Iron-deficiency anemia is one of the most frequent medical causes of tiredness. Iron is needed to make hemoglobin, a protein in the blood, which carries oxygen around the body. In addition to getting tired easily, a lack of iron in the body can cause lethargy, weakness, sensitivity to cold, heavy muscles and irritability. Pregnant women, women that menstruate heavily and people with iron-deficient diets are particularly vulnerable to anemia.
Sleep apnea is a common cause of tiredness during the day. During sleep, the throat becomes restricted and disrupts breathing, causing blood oxygen levels to fall. These interruptions can happen as many as 30 times an hour, according to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.
Sleep apnea is more common in overweight, middle-aged men and is made worse by drinking alcohol and smoking. People are often unaware they have sleep apnea.
Diabetes is a condition characterized by high blood sugar levels, caused by a lack of insulin or the body’s inability to use insulin efficiently. Insulin is the hormone that controls blood sugar. Symptoms of diabetes include tiredness, excessive thirst, frequent urination, weight loss and blurred vision. Prolonged high blood glucose levels can lead to serious health problems including damage to kidneys, eyes and nerves.
An underactive thyroid, or hypothyroidism, is a condition where the thyroid gland does not make sufficient amounts of hormones needed for controlling metabolism. Symptoms begin slowly and include tiredness, weight gain, muscle aches, stiff joints, a puffy face, dry skin and sensitivity to cold.
Anyone can develop hypothyroidism, but it is more common in women than men, particularly women over 50. Untreated hypothyroidism can lead to obesity, painful joints, heart disease and infertility.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic fatigue syndrome, also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis, is characterized by severe tiredness, which goes on for many months, even years. The condition does not get better with bed rest and interferes with normal day-to-day activities.
Besides tiredness, other symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome may include a sore throat, headache, joint pain, poor memory and impaired concentration. Symptoms may get worse after physical or mental exertion. The cause of chronic fatigue syndrome is unknown, but it may occur as a result of infection, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
There are some basic actions which you can take to overcome fatigue.
- Healthy Diet – follow a sensible diet like the Manna Diet as given in the free e-book.
- Exercise – do any exercise that you like, as long as you do something and do it for at least 30 minutes per day. It very hard to exercise when you suffer with chronic fatigue, but this is a sure way to overcome fatigue.
- Drink enough water – to stay hydrated is a crucial factor to overcome fatigue.
- Eliminate Alcohol, sugar and starches – High carbohydrate foods tend to cause too much blood sugar fluctuations, which contribute to fatigue.
- Sleep – to get a good night’s rest, take the TV out of the room and make sure your room is cool, free of noises and as dark as possible.
- Supplements – The Manna Energy Boost can help you get that extra energy without side effects or the worry of putting on weight. The Manna Blood Sugar Support supplement, taken with food, is highly recommended to balance blood sugar levels to increase energy levels.