Are You Tired? Addressing Chronic Fatigue

Whether you are a college student, stay-at-home mom or climbing the corporate ladder, life can be taxing. Beyond America’s reputable long work hours, our current culture is faced with endless demands and distractions from sun up to sun down. Unfortunately, this often forces Americans to compromise their diet, get less sleep and avoid exercise. In result, we are tired.

Knowing the difference between being tired after a hard day and experiencing chronic fatigue can be difficult. However, if you find yourself consistently complaining of lack of energy despite adequate hours of sleep, it is time to take action. Over time, fatigue and exhaustion can lead to several health complications and interfere with your lifestyle and emotional health. In many cases, chronic fatigue can limit your ability to safely drive your car or perform certain tasks at work.

Instead of masking or temporarily fixing your fatigue with frequent caffeine drinks or daytime naps, let a skilled physician, like those at North Point OB/GYN, determine the underlying cause of your exhaustion so that a long-term remedy can be put in place. There are several health issues and lifestyle choices that can be easily treated or corrected to reduce your bouts of fatigue.

The Side Effects of Fatigue

When your body is truly fatigued, it can bring a host of unwanted ramifications over time. Beyond a lack of energy and motivation, you may experience the following:

What Causes Fatigue?

Fatigue can be caused by a wide range of factors. In many cases, it is a combination of factors that can include illness, medication side effect, an underlying health condition, depression or lifestyle factors (such as poor diet, excessive alcohol and tobacco use and sedentary habits). Some of these culprits are easy to reverse, while others require a medical professional. Keeping a daily log of your sleep, diet and exercise can help you rule out some basic lifestyle contributions to your chronic fatigue.

The Role of Hormones in Female Fatigue

A leading reason for fatigue in women is hormones. In fact, according to WebMD, fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of a hormone imbalance. Hormones are chemical “messengers” that impact the way your cells and organs function. When these get off balanced (even if it is temporary like during pregnancy or menopause) it can disrupt the efficiency of your entire body and lead to days of low energy and exhaustion.

Let Your Gynecologist Know That You Are Tired

Don’t assume that “everyone is tired these days.” While your fatigue may be an easy fix with a change in lifestyle or slower pace of life, it can also be a warning sign of a more serious underlying health condition or an imbalance in your hormones. At North Pointe OB/GYN, we are here to help. We know how frustrating and even debilitating it can be for women who suffer from chronic fatigue. Never be afraid to admit when you are tired or think your fatigue is more than just sleep deprivation. Our physicians are highly skilled and equipped to determine the cause of your fatigue and treat it effectively.

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