We have written about tiredness
and fatigue syndrome before because it is such an important subject and affects
both physical and mental health at home and in the workplace.
Some people can feel tired even
though they appear, on the surface, to have enough sleep. If this is the case they
might try a short nap during the day or have an early night but sometimes this
Tiredness is a complex issue and
it can affect your entire being and cause headaches, aching muscles, moodiness,
short-term memory problems, poor concentration and low motivation. If all this
sounds more like a mental health issue then you may be right.
Constant tiredness can impact on
your personal and work life and will affect your ability to do your job and
have an impact on the health and safety of those around you dependent on the
sort of work that you do.
If you do feel tired all the time
then examine the quantity and quality of your sleep but for many of those who
visit the doctor complaining of fatigue it’s most likely that something else is
to blame for the lack of sleep and constant feeling of exhaustion.
The cause of fatigue isn’t always
obvious, and you may have an underlying medical problem such as anaemia, and
underactive thyroid sleep apnoea, diabetes, heart problems or an auto immune
disorder such as rheumatoid arthritis
It can also be a side-effect of
any medication that you might be taking so your to examine doctor should
investigate the potential knock-on effect of any prescription medicine that
they recommend before you take it.
Alternatively, feeling tired all
the time can be a response to your personal lifestyle, or your social and
psychological issues rather than a medical condition. Here are a number of possible
reasons why you might be tired all the time.
Top of the list is stress,
anxiety or depression because studies suggest that between 50 and 80% of tiredness
is due to psychological factors. Stress and emotional shock such as a
bereavement or a relationship break up can leave you feeling worn out. In fact,
fatigue is regarded as one of the main
symptoms of generalised anxiety disorder and depression which affect up to 7%
of the worlds population. The good news is that doctors and health
professionals will be able to help.
Insufficient iron. The mineral
iron is essential for transporting oxygen in your blood so if you’re not eating
enough iron rich foods you’re likely to feel constantly tired women are more
prone to developing and efficiency than men because of their menstrual cycle.
If you suspect that this could be
the reason for your tiredness examine your diet and consider foods that are
rich in vitamin C.
Exercise. It’s probably the last
thing you feel like doing if you’re constantly in a state of tiredness but
research shows that regular low intensity exercise can boost energy levels and
people suffering from fatigue.
Even a brief 15 minute walk and
help and one British study found that yoga was effective at increasing
energy. Why exercise alleviates fatigue isn’t clear but study findings suggest
physical activity axed directly on the central nervous system to increase
Dehydration. You can feel tired
when you are mildly dehydrated. We see more and more people carrying bottles of
water these days and this is a very sensible remedy to ensure that you do not
become even mildly dehydrated. If you’re planning to exercise ensure that you
are well hydrated before you start and sip water throughout your work out re-hydrating afterwards.
We hope that some of these tips
may help you if you are one of those who feel constantly tired. Please review
our other blogs on the same subject which you may also find to be of
Remember, Mayfair we care