Hi everyone, Dr Cris here with The Ask Dr Cris Show. Jessica asks ‘why am I so tired?’ Very common question. A lot of people are experiencing fatigue.
Up to 85% of the population feel that they are tired or they don’t feel refreshed upon waking so it’s a very, very common question. I see that the number one cause of fatigue is something called ‘stress fatigue’ and that’s where your body has been under a lot of pressure for a long time. Either emotional or physical pressure or you have had chronic fatigue syndrome or glandular fever or another virus that has completely drained you, and what you’ll find is the first stage of stress fatigue is that you feel tired from two o’clock onwards. You will then get a second wind at about six o’clock in the afternoon where you can push through and get a lot done until about eleven o’clock at night and then you crash. That’s actually the worst thing you can do. You need to go to bed still early even though you feel energized because your sleep cycle is being a little bit turned upside down, so you still need to be persistent with getting a good night sleep. The second stage of stress fatigue is that you feel tired from ten o’clock in the morning onwards and the third and final stage which you know you’ve really hit rock bottom is where you feel tired from the time you wake up in the morning regardless of how much sleep you get and that’s really common too. A lot of people feel debilitated, dragging themselves through life, and they wake up tired and go to bed tired. So if you’ve got stress fatigue do see someone about it, do see an Integrated Practitioner as there are lots of natural treatments for it and the best thing you can do for yourself is get a good night’s sleep and reduce your caffeine intake. So, there are some great tips hopefully and thanks Jessica for asking that question.
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Holistic Medical Doctor, Author ‘Healthy Habits, 52 Ways to Better Health‘