Studies completed by the Center for Disease Control show between one and four million Americans suffer from fatigue. Several other studies show that 70 to 80 percent of fatigue patients are women.
Whether you spend your days at the office or spend them pounding the pavement as you chase after your little ones, everyone can relate to feeling fatigued. If this describes you – you are not alone. Studies completed by the Center for Disease Control show between one and four million Americans suffer from fatigue. Several other studies show that 70 to 80 percent of fatigue patients are women.
Fatigue, also known as weariness, tiredness or exhaustion, is generally defined as a feeling of lack of energy. The degree of fatigue women face can vary among patients and between stressful events. These variations, in addition to the fact that the cause of the disease is not yet known, make this illness difficult to diagnose. The good news is there are steps you can take to combat your fatigue — and it may be as simple as changing your sleeping habits or taking more time out for yourself. That’s a prescription for success everyone can agree with!
Disrupted sleep is a common cause of fatigue. Women everywhere understand that worry, anxiety and depression keep women of all ages on high alert, tossing and turning throughout the night. Hot flashes, night sweats, stress, poor diet choices or the effects of perimenopause can also lead to fatigue. Believe it or not, just sitting around — yes, lack of physical activity — can sap your body of its vigor. You have to use energy to have energy!
Many patients convey feelings of fatigue. They fear that something is physically wrong with them that is causing this disruption in their life. While fatigue can throw up a red flag for illness, it is not always the case. Often, we simply just need to remember to take time out for ourselves.
Meet with your physician to learn how to manage fatigue. Your physician can verify that there are no other health issues that could be causing your loss of energy and will review any medications you are taking. Often, a woman’s fatigue can be treated by addressing the issues or concerns women may feel are holding them back from managing their fatigue. Avoid stress, exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet. By gaining a fresh perspective on life’s triggers that can accelerate our stress and anxiety levels, we can regain control of our lives, bodies and spirits.