Natural Family Health Care
One of the most common complaints voiced by women in our practice is that they are always so tired. Many women feel tired much of the time. What can cause this type of fatigue and what can you do about it?
There are a number of factors to consider:
• Are you getting enough sleep? If you’re only getting 5–6 hours each night, it’s not enough and it’s hard to make up for lost sleep. Try to get at least 7–8 hours every night, and then see how you feel. Oh, and make sure your mattress isn’t causing a problem (see related article, Is Your Mattress at Fault?)
• Are you a chronic sufferer of “Super Mom Syndrome”? Are you the type of mom who just can’t say “NO” to the PTA? Your boss? The constant demands of children or aging parents? Charity organizations? Then you need to rethink the idea of saying “NO.” Practice, practice, practice and it will get easier every time!
• Do you have a medical condition that may be the cause of your fatigue? There are quite a few of them, including Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, anemia (especially if you have heavy periods or have just given birth), urinary tract infections, underactive thyroid, sleep apnea, food allergies and undiagnosed heart disease.
• Are you a heavy caffeine or energy drink consumer? While these may “seem” to give you a quick jolt of energy, they can actually cause the opposite effect in some women, making them even more tired. The solution? Cut back on your caffeine intake, ditch the energy drinks and remember that chocolate, teas, and some medications contain substantial caffeine levels.
Keep in mind that busy women need to find time for themselves to re-energize and go “back to the well.” You can’t possibly meet all the demands of today’s busy lifestyles without taking some time for you.
And, while taking time for you – remember that your routine chiropractic care is also a critical component of self-care. When you experience constant fatigue, being adjusted can certainly help more than a latte or an energy drink. Keeping your immune system in optimal working condition also reduces the drain on your nervous system so it functions better to help you stay healthy.