Reduce Chronic Fatigue
Chronic tiredness is more common than you might think: causes and solutions
Modern life forces so many of us to live life in the fast lane, mentally and physically. Almost
every one of us has more on our plate than can be accomplished in a 24-hour day. As a result, we
try to offset the lack of available time with less relaxation, less sleep and very little exercise.
The rationale is usually that, if we get everything on our to-do list accomplished, we'll have less
worry, less stress, be more 'successful' and not have to feel guilty over tasks uncompleted. Can
you relate to this scenario? Do you also suffer from chronic insomnia?
The unfortunate fact is that this 'always running' strategy has a boomerang effect and is a good
recipe for tiredness. First, we'll take a look at some of the subsets of patterns that foster
tiredness and suggest a variety of solutions that may help you get out of this vicious circle.
The 'busy mind' syndrome is characterized by worry and anxiety over situations or problems that
won't let your mind stop rehashing them. You may be sitting in bed watching a movie, but your mind
keeps drifting, focusing on work, financial problems, issues with your kids or just thinking about
what's on your schedule for tomorrow. When you finally lie down and try to go to sleep, you find it
impossible. Eventually, you may dose off into a restless sleep, only to waken a few hours later,
unaware of what it was that woke you up. Again, it may be hours before you can again fall asleep.
When the alarm goes off, you wake up groggy and not feeling rested, but fatigued.
Another culprit in the tiredness syndrome is eating too much food late at night. People who have
problems sleeping should eat a light meal in the evening. Irregular sleeping patterns can also
contribute to insomnia. If you have difficulty sleeping, try to establish a regular 'bedtime', just
as most parents impose on their kids. This is one method of retraining your body to 'expect' sleep
at a particular hour. Lack of exercise may also be hindering your efforts to get to sleep. Try
taking a brisk walk after dinner as your regular habit. This can help expend nervous energy and
make your body amenable to the idea of sleep.
People who work night shifts often have trouble sleeping during daylight hours. Natural light
triggers your natural circadian rhythms, which tell you it's time to be awake. Using a sleep mask
and window treatments that effectively block natural light can help relieve tiredness.
Remember when Mom or Grandma would fix you a 'nice cup of hot chocolate' before bedtime? This
traditional comfort beverage has a basis in science. It's well known that calcium helps relax
muscles and nerves, signaling your body that it's time to relax – and fall asleep.
Vitamin D helps regulate your circadian rhythms. If your typical day doesn't involve much exposure
to sunlight, you may suffer a deficiency of vitamin D which contributes to your tiredness. Ask your
doctor to test your vitamin D levels. You may need a supplement. Vitamin D3 is the form which your
body interprets as natural sunlight.
Biofeedback therapy is another effective approach to alleviating insomnia. Biofeedback techniques
employ strategies that teach your body to respond to certain stimuli in a particular way. For
example, if you play a tape of ocean sounds, the sounds tend to induce a state of relaxation. When
used repetitively, your body begins to respond automatically to the sounds you hear.
There's no question that regular exercise helps you get to sleep. However, in the here and now, try
this trick. When you awaken at 2 am, tossing and turning isn't going to help much and only serves
to increase your frustration. Instead of tossing and turning in a futile effort to get back to
sleep, get up and clean the tub. Haul the vacuum out of the closet and get to work. Clean the
kitchen counters or tackle the oven. Put some elbow grease into these boring tasks. You may quickly
be delighted to get back in bed and get some sleep!
Suffering from tiredness doesn't have to drive you crazy! Now, get some sleep!
Obviously, a great tool reported to help reduce chronic fatigue and give more energy is to use
the QuWave Harmonizer