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Are You Waking Up Every Morning Feeling Tired?

Are you waking up every morning feeling tired? If ‘I’m so tired’ is something you say a lot, then this blog is for you. It might be more than just lack of sleep. Let’s talk about why symptoms of feeling tired or fatigued all the time aren’t normal.

But, what exactly is fatigue? Fatigue is more than just feeling tired after a long day or a poor night’s sleep. It’s a persistent feeling of exhaustion that doesn’t go away, even with rest. This constant feeling of low energy can make you skip social events, avoid exercising, and keep you overwhelmed with life. It can even put you in a low, irritable mood at all times. That’s why it’s important to recognise fatigue when it’s more than normal and know it can be a potential symptom of autoimmune conditions. It’s not just ‘normal tiredness’; it could be your body’s way of telling you something more.

In fact, chronic fatigue is often linked to autoimmune diseases. But before being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, you could be living with high inflammation for years. This chronic inflammation could be due to your lifestyle, a leaky gut, or your immune system overreacting and attacking healthy cells. This constant internal fight can lead to fatigue, making it a common symptom for many autoimmune patients.

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Here are some tips to help manage chronic fatigue:

Prioritise quality sleep

Sleep is essential for both physical and mental health as it is the time when the body repairs itself and removes toxins. Good sleep hygiene, which involves getting 7-8 hours of restful sleep each night, supports cellular regeneration and helps maintain healthy brain function. Quality sleep can enhance mood, improve brain function, and increase energy levels. Ensuring that you get enough rest every night is crucial for everyone looking to combat fatigue and maintain their overall health and well-being.

Reduce stress through relaxation techniques

Managing stress is critical for maintaining good health. High levels of stress lead to an increase in cortisol, a hormone that, when chronically elevated, can contribute to fatigue, mood swings, and even disrupt sleep patterns. Incorporating relaxation techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, or yoga can help reduce stress. These practices not only lower cortisol levels but also promote a more relaxed state of mind, improving overall energy levels and reducing feelings of fatigue. Regular practice can make these techniques effective tools in your daily routine to combat stress and its draining effects.

Eat a balanced diet rich in nutrients and antioxidants

A nutritious diet is foundational to good health. Eating a variety of whole foods rich in nutrients supports body functions and maintains energy levels. Foods rich in antioxidants help combat oxidative stress, which is one of the contributors to fatigue. A diet that includes a balance of proteins, healthy fats, and carbohydrates can optimise your energy throughout the day, keeping you more alert and productive. For anyone seeking to reduce fatigue, a balanced diet is a powerful tool that provides the necessary energy and supports overall physical health.

Stay hydrated throughout the day

Hydration plays a vital role in maintaining optimal energy levels and overall health. Dehydration can exacerbate feelings of fatigue, so it’s essential to drink enough water throughout the day. Aim to drink at least 8-10 glasses of water daily, more if you’re physically active or live in a hot climate. If you find plain water boring, try infusing it with fruits or herbs for added flavour. Herbal teas and coconut water are also excellent hydrating options. Remember, caffeinated beverages and sugary drinks are not substitutes for water and can actually contribute to dehydration and energy crashes. 

So, If you’re persistently tired or have been diagnosed with an autoimmune condition, remember – fatigue shouldn’t be ignored. It could be a sign of inflammation that could lead to autoimmune conditions. This does not mean that everyone who feels tired has an autoimmune disease. There are various reasons why one can feel fatigued, but chronic inflammation is also one of them. Here, I wanted to bring awareness to fatigue being one of the many symptoms one can have that can be pointing towards triggering an autoimmune disorder.

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