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It is midday, and you find yourself in first gear.

Is it just lack of sleep, or does something else make you feel so fatigued? Check out these causes of fatigue and get your energy back.

Is it time to make some changes in your lifestyle?

Let me ask you this first: Are you taking care of your body?

“I discuss the three pillars of health with my patients: sleep, diet, and exercise,” says Theodore Friedman, MD, PhD.

Sleep is of vital importance for eating well and exercising well. And vice versa. They are all intertwined.”

So don’t shortchange yourself on sleep. Adults need 7 to 9 hours of sleep. Make sure you eat a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, and lean protein, and get regular exercise.

Despite checking all of those boxes, if you still struggle to get through your days, you may need to seek medical help for fatigue.

Anemia

A disorder that makes it difficult for your blood to transport oxygen throughout your body. It is called “iron-deficiency” anemia.

Iron transports oxygen throughout your body like a train. There aren’t enough cars on low-iron people’s trains, Friedman says. Getting up makes them feel dizzy, they get brain fog, and they get heart palpitations.”

Your doctor can perform a simple blood test to check for anemia.

Diabetes

Doctors aren’t sure why it makes people so tired. This could be due to the frequent changes in your blood sugar level causing your body to use a lot of energy.

It is known that fatigue is a common symptom of diabetes.

Other symptoms exist as well. For example, you may notice you’re always thirsty or have a frequent urge to urinate.

Having a heart condition

Excessive tiredness is a symptom of congestive heart failure, which occurs when the heart does not pump properly. Exercise usually makes it worse for people with this condition. Also, you may have swelling in your arms and legs, along with shortness of breath.

Sleep Apnea

This disorder keeps you from getting enough oxygen when you sleep, which means you won’t get real rest during the night.

When you are not breathing out CO2, your brain is alerted and awakens briefly, says Lisa Shives, MD, director of the Sleep Medicine Center at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.

There’s no way to tell why you’re so sleepy during the day because you don’t even realize you’re tired.

Anxiety/Depression

Brains deprived of the necessary chemicals cannot function at their best. Serotonin is one of those, which helps synchronize your internal body clock.

Depression can cause you to feel tired and lower your energy levels. You may also have trouble sleeping at night or wake up earlier than you would like in the morning.

Consult your doctor if you feel depressed. Talk therapy and medication can help.

By Manon

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