Exhaustion happens to everyone once in a while, but there are times that exhaustion is about more than just a busy schedule and not enough sleep. In general, if you’re feeling tired, you should take some steps to improve the way you feel. Start by getting more sleep, changing your diet, and cutting down on the number of social activities you have; and see how you feel in a few weeks, but if things don’t change, then you should see your doctor.
There are other things that might be causing you to feel exhausted:
- Depression or Chronic Fatigue. Depression is highly treatable, but it is an illness. Symptoms include feelings of exhaustion, changes in appetite and sleeping patterns, feelings of negativity, hopelessness, and worthlessness. Chronic fatigue isn’t just being tired. People with this condition will usually experience headaches, sore joints and muscles, lack of concentration and tender lymph nodes.
- Thyroid problems. When the thyroid isn’t working correctly, it can wreak havoc on the body and the way you feel. It can also mess with the metabolism, so you may experience weight gain or loss, change in menstrual cycles, increase in heart rate, either feeling warm or cold all the time. There are two different types of thyroid problems, hyperthyroid which occurs in the 20’s and 30’s and hypothyroid, which occurs in the 50’s.
- Anemia. Many women experience iron deficient anemia due to heavy periods and not consuming enough foods that have iron in them. Symptoms include rapid heartbeat, headaches, light headedness, shortness of breath, trouble concentrating, and chest pains. When the body doesn’t have enough iron, it doesn’t have enough red blood cells and that makes the heart work harder to pump enough oxygen to the body.
- Diabetes. Nobody wants to think it, but it is a leading cause of feeling exhausted. With Type 2 diabetes, the body cannot properly use glucose, so it builds up in the blood stream. Symptoms include blurred vision, feeling excessively thirsty, losing weight, hunger, yeast infections, and irritability.
- Sleep apnea. This problem is more common than many people realize. It is often characterized with snoring, and waking up tired no matter how much sleep you’ve gotten. With sleep apnea, people snore, and have periods where they stop breathing. The soft tissue in the palate begins to collapse, which signals the body to wake up so you can begin to breathe again.
The good news is that all of these conditions are treatable, and you can start feeling rested and well again. If you worry that your symptoms of exhaustion are something more, make an appointment with your health care provider and see what you can do about your fatigue.