Do you feel tired no matter how much sleep you get? The problem could be chronic fatigue, and it’s cause could be something very small and something you can fix. Excessive work and stress can certainly cause chronic fatigue, but so can an unhealthy diet, electrolyte imbalances and simple dehydration. Find out what the most common causes are for chronic fatigue, how it can affect you and ways to effectively treat it!
The human body is able to do amazing things from growing from an infant to an adult, healing wounds and injuries, achieving fantastic fitness feats and more. However, those abilities are not possible when the body doesn’t get sleep. Sleep is so important that you spend 1/3rd of your life resting—or at least you should. Proper rest at night is vital for your body to repair and replace cells that have been damaged. It’s a time where more fluid fills your brain, cleaning out toxins and helping to store your memories. There are countless benefits of sleep, so you want to make sure you are getting enough of it.
The National Sleep Foundation and countless other health organizations recommend the following sleep guidelines based on age:
Are you meeting the average sleep requirements and you still feel fatigued constantly? It could be Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome does not mean that you are simply tired. It is actually characterized by fatigue that won’t go away no matter how much sleep you get. Even if you sleep 12 or more hours at night, you may feel as if you haven’t rested whatsoever. This is a condition that can hinder your ability to function, work or exercise, as fatigue may only worsen with normal, daily tasks. That is because chronic fatigue isn’t just a feeling of tiredness. It’s more of a pervasive lack of energy all day long.
This fatigue can lead to issues such as:
Chronic fatigue is something that you can have for years without proper treatment. If you get plenty of sleep and are doing everything right, then it’s time for professional intervention and therapy services. Why? Chronic fatigue is often caused by similar factors in our patients. Those include:
Although these are common causes of fatigue, this list is not exhaustive. You may have an allergy or something environmental that could be causing your fatigue symptoms. With allergies, the body causes inflammation and works overtime to combat the allergy, causing fatigue. We work with patients until we discover the actual cause of their problem. The problem could also be dental, as issues such as sleep apnea may make it impossible for you to sleep properly.
We want all of our patients to overcome chronic fatigue, as it can lead to risks such as relying on caffeine and other stimulants to stay awake. Overworking or extreme stress can lead to trigger points, mood issues, poor health and other problems besides chronic fatigue. Untreated health conditions can also lead to unhappiness, when those issues can easily be corrected through therapy services.
At our office, we will make sure you’re not deficient in key nutrients via a blood test. Even a deficiency in just one nutrient can cause health problems. Those include slow healing, brittle bones, stunted growth, digestive upsets and heartburn, aches and pains, low oxygen in your blood and more. Whether nutrition is the issue or a different chronic condition, we have therapy services such as:
The therapy plan will be different depending on the cause of chronic fatigue and the patient’s goals.
Until your appointment at our facility, you want to start making changes at home that will reduce your chronic fatigue syndromes. The focus will be on sleep, your diet, exercise and noting what commonly makes you feel fatigued. Cut out the sugar, processed foods and anything that doesn’t make your body feel great. Good fuel in will help your body perform better no matter your chronic condition.
Check all your prescription labels and change out the medications that cause fatigue or sleepiness. Make a list of what you eat on a daily basis, what you do and if there are correlations in your chronic fatigue symptoms with what you are doing or eating. To get help for that tiredness that just won’t go away, call Back2Health today at (843) 405-0025!