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Exhausted, sleepy, no energy, tired all the time; there are endless ways to describe it. You’re not alone, the majority of Americans experience fatigue. This seemingly never ending tiredness despite getting a full nights sleep is exhausting. The endless cycle of not feeling rested and supplementing that drowsiness to “wake up” and make it through the day, only to repeat the same process the next day. Ugh! While there are simple things to do to ensure you have a more restful nights sleep and lessen the fatigue you experience. Sometimes it takes diving a bit deeper to understand the root cause of fatigue. Wouldn’t it be great if you could finally feel awake?

What causes fatigue?

The go-to answer would be a lack of sleep from either a sleep disorder or poor sleep hygiene. These conditions can lead to improper rest leading to increased fatigue. Alternatively, fatigue may be due to varying internal issues in your body. For example, hormone imbalance (low cortisol or high melatonin levels) can often cause fatigue at inappropriate times of the day. Whereas, changes in red blood cells (think anemias) or drastic drops in blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia) can also cause increased fatigue. Other contributing factors could be poor nutrition, mood disorders (depression or anxiety), cardiovascular or lung disorders (poor oxygenation). 

 

How do I get rid of fatigue? How do you fix fatigue quickly?

Improving your sleep hygiene is an important first step. If after improving your sleeping conditions you find yourself still experiencing fatigue seek professional help. Determining the root cause of fatigue is the best way to “get rid” of or improve it. Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to eliminating fatigue. As mentioned above, the list of causes is somewhat endless.

To understand the full picture, work with a provider who will take the time to run proper lab-work. Lab-work may include simple or routine blood work, or more advanced labs such as a salivary hormone test to rule out hormonal imbalance and other nutrient deficiencies. These labs will help uncover the root cause of your fatigue and provide valuable information to address it head on. 

 

Why do I feel so tired all the time?

Fatigue is often linked to a deficiency in vital nutrients. Each person has a metabolism type, eating foods that are optimal for your particular type is vital. For women in particular, it’s likely your hormones are imbalanced, which is causing you to be tired despite getting plenty of sleep.

Keep a journal or notes on your phone to track your energy levels throughout the day. This information can help you and your medical provider determine how to best treat your fatigue.

Wha is the best vitamin for fatigue?

The vitamin that helps fatigue the most is likely the family of B vitamins. All of the b vitamins, except folate, are directly involved in the biochemical process that helps create energy in your body. Keep in mind, this is a general recommendation and may not be suitable for everyone dealing with fatigue.

When it comes to fatigue, the most important thing is to find the right medical team. A team that will work relentlessly to find out why you are feeling fatigued and address the root cause not just the symptom. Finding the right provider who sees you and hears you is essential in managing your health. Fatigue and feeling tired all the time is often dismissed by providers who simply tell you to “get more sleep” Keep fighting! You deserve to live in the present.

 

Fatigue is one of the number one issues we help treat. If you’d like to learn more about our approach and how we might be able to help you, schedule a Free Informational Consultation with one of our Naturopathic Physicians today!