Do you find that you’re not falling asleep or staying asleep?
Or do you find that you’re not waking rested after what feels like a full night’s sleep?
Do you feel like you just don’t have the energy you used to?
Maybe you’ve been to your doctor and been told all your bloodwork is normal, and your fatigue is chalked up to being stressed or getting older.
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In my experience, many people find that they just don’t have the energy they used to have. This fatigue impacts their ability to be fully present in their personal and home lives. People often say that they can put in a full day’s work, but they don’t have any energy left over to do anything other than make dinner and get ready for bed.
Here are 2 common medical reasons for fatigue:
Hypothyroid/low thyroid function
But once you are told your bloodwork is fine, this can leave you wondering why you might be lacking in your usual “get up and go”, and this is where it’s tempting to blame your age, stress levels, or your hormones.
However, there may be a few simple reasons that you are feeling less-than-your-energetic self.
Here are a few common reasons for fatigue that I see with my clients:
If your fatigue intensifies after meals, you could have a mild intolerance to something you’re eating – not enough to cause itching or hives, just enough to make you tired.
You are not drinking enough water. Your brain may be starving for fluids.
You are deficient in certain B vitamins or vitamin D, which can’t be corrected through dietary choices.
SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) – Decreasing hours of daylight and not enough hours of bright light in the morning can leave you feeling groggy and sluggish all day.
Adrenal Fatigue – Low-grade chronic stress can cause a depletion in your adrenal function, not to the point where it is a medical diagnosis, but functionally your adrenal glands may be struggling. The primary symptom of adrenal fatigue is not waking rested after a full night’s sleep or feeling worse, not better, from exercise.
What can you do to address this fatigue?
Get to bed by 10 pm.
Drink at least 1.5 litres of water per day.
Consider a food sensitivity test to rule out foods that might be aggravating your system and tugging down at your energy, because you may be inflamed from repeatedly eating certain foods that you are sensitive to.
Bright light in the morning for 20 minutes will suppress melatonin and help raise your cortisol when you need it the most, in the morning.
Certain supplements can help support adrenal function such as vitamin C, magnesium, B vitamins, and vitamin D.
Written by: Dr. Jacqui Fleury, ND
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