The Top 5 Reasons You May Be Fatigued

tired woman in officeFatigue is a feeling beyond temporary tiredness. Not only do you struggle to get up in the morning, you feel like it’s taking superhuman energy to get through your day-to-day tasks. Ongoing fatigue can be caused by a number of medical issues and lifestyle factors. Here’s a quick look at five of the more prevalent causes of fatigue.

1. Anemia

Anemia is a condition in which you don’t have enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to the body’s tissues. Having anemia may make you feel tired and weak. It can also lead to shortness of breath, dizziness, and headaches.

The most common cause of anemia is an iron deficiency, and this can easily be treated with iron supplements. Folate and Vitamin B-12 are also needed to produce healthy red blood cells. If iron and vitamin supplements don’t improve your anemia, your doctor may need to look for other causes.

2. Diabetes

Fatigue is one of the classic signs of diabetes. Other symptoms include increased thirst, frequent urination, and extreme hunger. You should have your blood sugar checked at least once a year, and schedule an appointment with your doctor if you’re exhibiting symptoms of diabetes.

3. Lack of Quality Sleep

Everything from living with babies and teenagers to medications and sleep apnea can interfere with sleep patterns.

  • If your spouse reports that you’re consistently snoring or you find yourself waking up gasping for breath, request to be tested for sleep apnea. Sleep apnea leads to daytime exhaustion.
  • Educate yourself about the side effects of any medications you are taking, especially if the start of poor sleep coincides with beginning a new medication.
  • If you tend to stay up late talking to your teen or know you’ll be woken up at dawn by your baby, make an effort to go to bed earlier. By gradually moving up the time you turn out the lights, your body can adjust to an earlier bedtime. Aim for seven to nine hours of sleep each night.
4. Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies

A number of vitamins and minerals play an active role in our energy levels. These include Vitamin D, magnesium, iodine, selenium, and omega-3 fatty acids. Many people today need supplements in order to get enough of these crucial energy boosters. Your age and individual health will determine how much of each vitamin and mineral is ideal for you, so be sure to consult your primary care provider before starting supplements.

5. Stress and Anxiety

If you find yourself constantly uptight about work deadlines or worrying about your children day after day, you may be starting to feel some of the physical effects of continued stress and anxiety, including fatigue. Other physical symptoms of stress can include an increased heart rate, insomnia, and digestive issues.  

Look for ways to manage stress, including engaging in regular exercise, taking time for quiet meditation, or seeking counseling.

Ready to Pinpoint Your Fatigue?

If you’ve experienced fatigue for more than two weeks, it’s time to see a doctor. The family practice and internal medicine professionals at LeBauer HealthCare can help diagnose the cause of your fatigue, develop an individualized treatment plan, and put you on the path to regaining your energy. Make an appointment online today for any of our offices in Greensboro, Burlington, Oak Ridge, Whitsett, or High Point.

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