How to Deal With Elusive Tiredness and Low Energy Levels
The life of the modern adult is a fast-paced activity-filled and often stressful reality. People are working long hours, sleeping less, exercising less and very often feeling tired a lot more. According to Harvard Health low energy and tiredness are among the most common reasons people visit their doctor. Yet, this is a challenging area of medicine, as it is often difficult to come up with a precise diagnosis if there is no underlying condition. This is because any number of medical conditions can cause fatigue or tiredness, and yet many people without any bigger medical condition might find themselves fatigued on a day to day basis. When this happens, there might be a number of things going on. A condition referred to as adrenal fatigue can often be the culprit to some of this seemingly unexplained tiredness that some people experience.
If you feel tired and have an unexplained lack of energy there are a couple of things you can do to mitigate this.
What is Adrenal Fatigue?
There is much contention about adrenal fatigue. While many in the science and medical community disagree with the labeling of the condition, there are still many people that struggle with fatigue and unexplained tiredness that are looking for a solution. The adrenals are two small glands that sit above the kidneys. These small glands are responsible for producing hormones like cortisol. This hormone is often affectionately called the ‘stress hormone.’ Yet, cortisol is a little more complex than the hormone that is simply released during stress. Most cells within your body have cortisol receptors and this means it affects many areas and functions of the body. This nifty hormone is also involved in controlling blood sugar levels, regulates metabolism, reduced inflammation, and helps with the functions of memory. During pregnancy, cortisol is also an important asset for the developing fetus.
The common symptoms often attributed to adrenal gland failure include:
- Trouble sleeping or waking up
- Cravings of salt and sugar
- Varying digestive problems
- Unexplained weight loss
Where Did the Condition Come From?
In 1998, the chiropractor and naturopath James Wilson coined the term ‘adrenal fatigue’ in his book. The condition is characterized by people that suffer or experience prolonged periods of stress. This could be physical, mental, or emotional stress that eventually takes its toll on the body and people’s energy levels.
Stress is a major factor in people’s well-being. There are the typical causes of stress, but everyone is different. What is a major stressor to one person might not be so to another. There is acute stress and chronic stress. According to the American Institute of Stress, some of the most common stressors in people’s lives are money, work, and the future of our nation. There is also about 77% of the population who regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress. About 33% of people say they are living with extreme stress.
So stress might have a lot to do with how you are feeling overall. It might spill over to your sleeping pattern and begin to affect other areas of your life. This then causes a kind of vicious chain.
How Can I Improve My Energy Levels?
And yet the answers are not always that clear cut. People are not often able to relieve their tiredness by removing the major stressor in their lives. As always, it is key that you visit your doctor or endocrinologists if you suspect you are suffering from a lack of energy. People that find themselves constantly tired might start to see this affect their daily life in a significant way. So finding out what is causing your low energy levels is important to your overall well-being. There are a couple of treatment options and ways you can improve your energy levels.
Some of the treatment options for adrenal fatigue might include:
- Chiropractic medicine
- Supplementation of vitamins like Vitamin C, B5, B6 and B12, Magnesium
When it comes to home remedies and things you can do on your own to try to mitigate some of the feelings of tiredness this includes:
- Reduce Stress: While this is easier said than done, making an effort to switch your mindset and help reduce stress before it begins. Let go of things you can’t control and attempt to be more proactive in attempting to ward off stressful thoughts. This might include changing the way you allow things to affect you. Giving in to stress can be harmful and counterproductive.
- Movement and Exercise: You hear it often, but exercise will help improve your energy levels, boost mood, and regulate hormonal imbalances. Regular exercise is important for reducing your risk of developing chronic diseases like heart disease and obesity. It might seem difficult to move your body if you’re feeling tired, but getting up and getting some exercise is key to improving those energy levels. A little push through that tiredness might reap big rewards in the long run. Joining a gym or exercise classes are a good way to motivate yourself and stick to an exercise plan.
Visit Your Endocrinologist and Find Out More
The above is not a substitute for medical advice, of course. It is always recommended that you visit a doctor. Here at Diabetes and Endocrinology Specialists of El Paso, we specialize in diagnosing and treating conditions that have to do with energy levels and hormone levels.