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Fatigue & Tiredness

Some days we are so low on energy that we are drowsy by lunchtime and in need of a nap by mid-afternoon. What is making us so tired all the time? Fatigue can have a variety of lifestyle causes, including lack of sleep, stress and anxiety, overwork, inactivity, poor eating habits and certain medications.

Most of the time, fatigue can be traced to one or more of our habits or routines. We have the power to put the vitality back in our life.

How can we combat tiredness, fatigue and general lethargy?

  • Take vitamins, eat healthily and drink enough water. If our body is receiving the minerals, vitamins and water it needs, we will experience less fatigue.
  • Stay away from sugary cereals and juices and caffeinated drinks. Very low calorie diets are guaranteed to increase fatigue.
  • Exercise will help enormously with tiredness. If our body gets a good work out every day, we will sleep better at night. Research has found that light exercises such as a leisurely stroll can raise energy levels by 20% and lower fatigue by 65%.
  • Learn methods of relaxation like yoga or meditation.
  • Decreasing stress in our life will help relax our body and we will sleep better at night.
  • Practice good sleep habits to combat our tiredness. Keeping a regular bedtime is important for our energy levels. Avoid eating, reading or watching TV in bed.
  • Avoid alcohol. Alcohol makes us tired for hours after consuming no more than only a drink or two.
  • Adequate intake of Coenzyme Q10. A recent study showed that supplementation with coenzyme Q10 reduced feeling of fatigue and improved physical performance during physical exercise. Coenzyme Q10, a fat-soluble, vitamin-like compound, is vital to energy metabolism and is found in the highest concentrations in tissues with high-energy turnover, such as the heart, brain, liver and kidney. Aging is generally associated with decreases in tissue Coenzyme Q10 levels.

Fatigue and tiredness, if constant and prolonged, can be a debilitating condition. If we still experience problems sleeping or feel constantly tired after plenty of sleep, we should either visit a physician or make the necessary lifestyle changes. Underestimating the importance of fatigue and general lethargy may only lead to more complicated problems.

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