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How to solve tiredness or fatigue

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Recently, I feel tired so easily, especially at night even if I slept 8 hours plus the night before.

If your thyroid gland is not working properly – if it is underactive – you might feel exhausted all the time. Patients who suffer from heart disease or heart failure tend to feel tired most of the time, as do patients with anemia.

Possible causes:
# a current illness
# work problems
# depression, emotional, stress, anxiety
# boredom
# lack of sleep
# some type of poisoning
# a vitamin or mineral deficiency
# anemia
# sedentary lifestyle

4th Most Common Cause: Medical Conditions

Many diseases and disorders can trigger fatigue, including the flu, anemia, and sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea or restless leg syndrome. Hormonal problems, heart ailments, and cancer are also known to cause fatigue. Certain medications, especially those used to treat chronic illnesses, also bring about extreme tiredness. The source of one’s extreme tiredness can be even harder to trace if one has undiagnosed medical problems. When experiencing abnormal physiological conditions, it is best to see a doctor.

3rd Most Common Cause: Emotional concerns and stress.

Studies suggest that psychological factors are present in at least 50% of fatigue cases. Emotional concerns may include depression, chronic anxiety, emotional stress, and excessive grief, especially that due to loss of a loved one.

2nd Most Common Cause: Workplace issues

This is widespread especially in the working population who juggle their work priorities, family concerns, and social life. Examples of tiredness triggers in the workplace are shift work and poor workplace practices such as working long hours, hard physical labor, irregular working hours (such as rotating shifts), stressful work environment, and even boredom. Social factors at work such as working alone with little or no interaction with others and fixed concentration on a repetitive task are also known culprits. Workplace stress caused by a wide range of factors including job dissatisfaction, heavy workload, conflicts with superiors or colleagues, bullying, constant and unwanted change, and threats to job security are also known culprits. Recently, burnout among workaholics, the result of striving too hard in the work area while neglecting everything else, tends to drain all their energies from other aspects of their lives. Even among the unemployed, financial pressures, feelings of failure or guilt, and the emotional exhaustion of prolonged job hunting can lead to fatigue.

And finally the most common cause of extreme tiredness: Unhealthy lifestyle choices

In the absence of a medical illness, psychological problems, and work-related stress, lifestyle choice is the most prevalent cause of extreme tiredness among all ages. Common lifestyle choices that can cause fatigue include: lack of sleep, too much sleep, intake of alcohol and drugs, sleep disturbances, absence or lack of regular exercise, and poor diet. In some cases, extreme tiredness is caused by a combination of these factors.

How to solve this problem?

GET DECENT SLEEP:
* Aim for a regular sleep routine – this means going to bed and getting up at the same time each day
* Make sure your bedroom is neither too hot nor too cold
* Don’t eat too close to your bedtime
* Make sure your thoughts and activities are relaxing ones as bedtime nears – listen to soothing music, have a warm bath
* Try to clear your mind of worrying thoughts as bedtime approaches
* Some people find that writing their thoughts down in a diary helps

BECOME PHYSICALLY MORE ACTIVE: Remember that vicious circle. Unfit people are more likely to feel tired, meaning they often don’t exercise enough. You need to break that cycle. Make sure your physical activity increases gradually. Dozens of studies have shown that people who exercise regularly enjoy better sleep than those who don’t.
Do not exercise 3 hours before sleep.

* Have realistic expectations about what you can achieve and aim to gradually increase what you can manage over time.
* Learning to relax will help to improve sleep and to relieve stress-related symptoms such as frustration, irritability and tiredness. Your GP surgery or local library may have details of local adult education classes, books, CDs or website that can help.
* Write down a list of things that may make you feel tired, such as family or work pressures. Are there ways that you could avoid overburdening yourself in the future?

References:
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/8877.php
http://hcd2.bupa.co.uk/fact_sheets/html/beating_tiredness.html
http://ezinearticles.com/?Top-4-Causes-of-Extreme-Tiredness&id=939405

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Written by blueroselady

October 9, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Posted in health, lifestyle

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