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If I Could Just Get Some Sleep!

Marcelle  Pick
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Jun 04, 2010 at 02:45 AM 0 comments

So many women these days are talking with me about fatigue. Not a day goes by when I don’t hear comments like - “If I could just get some sleep!”  “If only I could stay asleep!”  “Why do I run out of energy so quickly?”  “Where did my energy go?” And every question is followed with a plea for help. These women are tired….really tired and many have struggled for months or in some instances even years.

Unfortunately there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution simply because there isn’t a one-size-fits-all reason! There are many, many things that can contribute to fatigue, some which may be familiar to you and some which may not.

Sleep disturbances are a common cause of daytime fatigue. Hormone imbalances can cause sleeplessness for many women – but it’s not just women in menopause who can suffer from sleep irregularities. Hormonal imbalances can occur at any time in a woman’s life and it is not just sex hormones that can shift out of balance! Insulin resistance, which disrupts the body’s glucose/energy metabolism, and a shift in thyroid function can also contribute to fatigue.

We all know that day-to-day stress can cause a sleepless night, but chronic stress can cause much more. Chronic stress affects cortisol. High cortisol levels at night will keep you up and low cortisol levels during the day contribute to fatigue. Many women with disrupted cortisol levels may have energy in the morning but be exhausted by lunch.

There are several ways to help alleviate fatigue – start with a great nutritional foundation – eat well! What you eat definitely affects the way you feel!  De-stress in some way. Exercise works for some, meditation for others. Practice good sleep hygiene – prepare for sleep as well as you prepare for your day – turn off the TV and electronic devices, meditate if that helps you relax and prepare your body to sleep for the night.

We can’t forget that our emotional health can contribute to fatigue. Are you carrying unresolved issues with you daily?  Are there conversations you should have with your partner, your children, your parents or your co-workers which weigh heavily on you?  Dealing with your emotional issues – both the ones from your past and the ones in your present may help lift some of your fatigue. Taking care of the whole you is so important!

If you are struggling with fatigue, consult with a functional medicine practitioner who will help you identify the cause of your fatigue. Finding the root cause of your fatigue and addressing it will help you in many ways!

Fatigue takes the energy which you need to enjoy life!  Now’s the time to get your energy back!

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