Sleep. Is that what you think? When you’re tired because you are behind on your sleep, that may be the very best thing to do.
But not so fast. Sometimes sleep may work against you.
When women come to see me as a doctor, fatigue is often their Number One complaint. They are often hoping for a medical solution. There are certainly medical problems that can lead to being tired, such as anemia, thyroid dysfunction, kidney or liver disease, sleep apnea, or hormonal problems. And when one of those problems is present, of course it’s appropriate to treat it medically.
But so often it’s not a medical problem that’s causing fatigue. There are many lifestyle factors in our modern world that just wear you out! An unhealthy diet, lack of physical activity, stressful work, relationship problems, digital overload, worry and anxiety, a soul that’s distressed -all of these and more can leave you weary and miserable.
An overdose of caffeine may help you stay awake longer, but it will only wear your body and mind out more. There IS a better way!