Why do we feel tiredness and lack of energy?
Is it difficult for you to “recover” after lunch, do you finish your workday completely exhausted and do you even wake up tired sometimes? Are you sure that you are suffering from chronic fatigue? Maybe the fatigue is not really chronic, but you are still suffering.
Fatigue, as it manifests in us, is actually a symptom of different processes happening in your body, both on the physical and on the mental level. According to the data on the website of Clalit Medical Organization, only 10% of those who complain about fatigue have a problem that can be diagnosed as a medical problem that causes fatigue.
At the same time, in our modern and intense world, even if we lead a relatively healthy lifestyle, sometimes we feel tired and drained of energy. There are quite a few reasons for this and also some ways in which the situation can be improved.
What are the causes of lack of energy and fatigue?
As mentioned, fatigue is just a symptom, and there are quite a few factors that can cause it. Serious medical conditions like anemia, chronic infection and even cancer can cause severe fatigue. Even social stress factors (such as layoffs or job uncertainty) or psychological ones (depression, mourning the death of a loved one) are usually accompanied by fatigue.
But even if everything is good in physical, mental and social terms, you may feel tired if you do not exercise regularly and have an unbalanced diet with a tendency to overeat.
How can you overcome fatigue?
Since fatigue is a feeling that manifests as a lack of energy, then anything that can give energy to your body, even if it might seem surprising, is likely to improve the condition.
Despite that it is supposed to “waste your energy”, physical activity is almost always helpful. If you are tired, go for a brisk ten-minute walk, and you will feel the difference immediately. Longer aerobic exercise performed on a regular basis can help change the situation.
When you are active, your body releases stimulants into your blood stream. Pilates, yoga and different types of exercises can help you feel more vital and stimulate your body.
Of course, there are obvious things like sleeping well at night. Making sure that you sleep 7 hours will help you function much better during the day. Maintaining a proper and balanced diet and avoiding “heavy” foods will also boost your energy.
Another way of managing the crazy rhythm of life is using specific nutritional supplements based on herbs like Siberian ginseng and Schisandra, which are known to stimulate the body and improve cognitive ability.
It is important to remember to consult a specialist before taking the supplements.