Everyone goes through a rough patch now and then. We eat too much, drink too much, work too hard or don’t get enough sleep. Eventually, our bad lifestyle choices will come and bite us in the butt, and we start to feel fatigued. What happens when lifestyle choices aren’t the problem?
Start With Sleep
Getting enough sleep is a simple way to combat fatigue. Be sure to go to bed at the same time every night. Set up a routine that is the same before you go to bed – switch off all electronic devices in the home, dim the lights and do something that doesn’t require any brain power for an hour before bed. This should help you to fall asleep faster and to have a better night’s sleep.
The next step is to wake up at the same time each morning, no matter how late you went to bed. The body thrives on routine – the more set your sleep routines are, the easier it will be to maintain them.
It will take a couple of weeks to reset your sleep cycle. Once you have, you need to reevaluate your situation. With the set schedule, do you feel better rested?
It Isn’t Working
What happens when you fall asleep easily at night, or can get up without the alarm but still feel fatigued? What happens if extra sleep is not making much difference to your overall energy levels?
If more sleep is not working, you should consider seeing your doctor. Ongoing fatigue may not seem like a big deal, we all feel tired once in a while, but it could signal that something is wrong. If you are fatigued all the time, you need to find out why.
It could be something else
Have you noticed some other changes in your body? Things that are slightly out of the ordinary, but not so much so that it caused you alarm. That’s the tricky part. Diseases, especially those that affect the immune system, can be really sneaky. They are hard to diagnose, and the symptoms are often attributed to a different cause.The key to diagnosing an autoimmune disease is in recognizing clusters of symptoms and bringing these to your doctor’s attention.
Autoimmune hemolytic anemia, for instance, starts off with symptoms that seem relatively harmless. These could be symptoms that are easily attributed to something else, like a common cold. When you add them all up, however, it becomes clearer that they are a symptom of something bigger.
With diseases of this nature, lifestyle improvements are only helpful up to a certain point. This kind of anemia, for example, affects the health of your red blood cells. That means that they can never operate at full capacity. No amount of extra vitamins or sleep will be able to make up for that decline.
Without treatment, the disease will progress, and the symptoms worsen, leaving you feeling as though your body has turned on you.
With treatment, however, most autoimmune diseases can be managed. Finding out if you have this kind of illness as early as possible reduces the chances of serious complications developing and improves your quality of life overall. A proper diagnosis is the first step towards feeling better.