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What is Fatigue?


If you're tired of waking up tired, it might be time to try to determine why this is happening. When you haven't had a proper night's sleep, you will wake up tired.



Many people plagued with sleep disturbances resort to sleeping pills. However, sleep disturbances and the resulting fatigue are often due to underlying health problems and doctors recommend you try to find the cause before resorting to sleeping pills.



Fatigue has many causes - some simple and others more complex. For instance, many people think that sadness is the main symptom of depression.



This is not true. Researchers have found that the primary symptom of depression is actually fatigue.



People who suffer from stomach problems also have sleep problems. Heartburn interferes with sleep and causes many sufferers to wake up tired.



However, that can often be alleviated if you stop eating three hours before going to bed and go for a thirty-minute walk after dinner. Then your food has the opportunity to digest properly before you go to bed.



Another major cause of fatigue is sleep apnea. A person who snores loudly and often while asleep may very well have sleep apnea.



Sleep apnea is also associated with morning headaches and high blood pressure. People who have sleep apnea actually have breathing pauses during the night. This interferes with the flow of oxygen to the brain and robs the person of a restful sleep.



Sleep apnea requires a doctor's help and is highly treatable. But it can be dangerous if left untreated.



Restless legs syndrome and hypothyroidism also interfere with a good night's sleep. In addition, daytime hoarseness and chronic coughs are clues pointing to sleep disturbances that are often overlooked by doctors.



Stress frequently keeps people awake at night. When people are under stress, they produce extra amounts of the hormone cortisol that is recognized as a sleep saboteur.

If you feel this may be your problem, ask your doctor about insitol, a nutrient member of the B vitamin group. Insitol lowers stress levels resulting in a reduction of cortisol production.



Calcium is also known to be beneficial in relaxing muscles and the nervous system. Since many people already take calcium for other health benefits, taking it at night before bedtime utilizes its additional sleep inducing benefits.



Theta brain waves are the deeply relaxing brain waves that must be activated to engage you in the first stage of sleep. There are various ways to trigger these brain waves. One is to start playing soft background music about an hour before going to bed.



The scent of lavender also induces theta brain waves. So you might try a lavender scented bath and lighting a lavender scented candle prior to bedtime.



Be sure not to drift off to sleep with a candle burning however. You can also buy lavender scented pillows or attach sachets to your regular pillow.



Your bedroom needs to be dark and cool but not uncomfortable. Darkness encourages the production of melatonin, a hormone that induces sleep.



Practice going to bed and getting up at the same time every day. And avoid taking naps during the day if you have problems sleeping at night.



Finally, if none of these strategies work and you absolutely cannot get to sleep, don't lie in bed and fret. This just increases your stress and worsens the situation. Get up and find something relaxing to do such as reading a book.





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