Do you find yourself waking up in the morning after a restful night sleep only to feel totally exhausted? Or, maybe you find yourself dragging in the afternoon and relying on caffeine to get you through that afternoon energy crash.
No matter what the case, chronic fatigue can certainly impact your quality of life, and more times than not, there’s an underlying reason for why you feel so tired:
#1 Anemia: Being anemic can certainly make you tired! When you are anemic, your body has low levels of hemoglobin which is what’s responsible for carrying oxygen throughout your blood. When dealing with anemia, your body’s ability to transport oxygen to your brain, muscles, heart, and other body parts decreases which would definitely make you feel more tired. So, what can you do about it? The first thing you will want to do is to get a simple blood test done to determine if your iron levels are indeed low. If you are anemic, the good news is that there are ways to bring your iron levels up. You can consume iron-rich foods from things like grass-fed beef, spinach, and other dark leafy greens. Or, you can supplement with iron, but always check with your doctor about how much. Lastly, you can use our process here at Rootine to develop a supplement designed specifically for your body!
#2 Stress: When we’re stressed, we are bound to be more tired. During periods of increased stress, you may feel like you need to sleep more, and this is because your body may be run down. If you are dealing with stress in your daily life, it is so important to practice some form of stress reduction each day. Not only will this be good for your overall health, but you may notice your energy levels increasing.
#3 Diet & Lifestyle Factors: Poor dietary and lifestyle habits can also make you feel more tired than usual. Consuming a large amount of sugar or eating foods your body reacts to can make you feel run down. Not getting enough physical activity into your day can also make you feel sluggish. Do your best to eat a clean and healthy diet and exercise at least 20-30 minutes each day, even if it’s just a walk! It makes such a big difference in how you feel physically, but mentally as well.
#4 Vitamin Deficiency: Any type of vitamin deficiency has the potential to throw you off balance and make you feel tired. The best thing you can do is to get lab work done to check your vitamin and nutrient reserves. If you are deficient in one or more, you will want to speak with your doctor about supplementation.
#5 Poor Sleep Habits: Lastly, not getting enough sleep is certainly a recipe for chronic fatigue. If you notice yourself getting to bed too late or waking up multiple times in the evening hours, it may be time to adjust your sleeping habits. Do your best to get at least eight hours of uninterrupted sleep per night. If you struggle with sleep disturbances, setting a nighttime routine for yourself where you spend time relaxing and winding down your day each night can be very beneficial.
Being tired all the time is no way to live, and it can get in the way of so many things you want to do and things you need to accomplish each day. For some, uncovering one underlying cause of chronic fatigue is enough to solve their fatigue mystery, while others may have a couple of reasons why they constantly feel tired. No matter what the reason, take the step today to improve your energy levels by getting to the bottom of why you always feel so tired.
Written by: Rebecca Jacobs, a Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant who specializes in women’s health, gut health, and food sensitivities.
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