We all go through patches where we are so tired at night that we just nod off instantly. If we have been burning the candle at both ends and working too hard, it is a perfectly natural response. What if you are sleeping well, now what?
I Sleep Well But I’m Tired
There are times, however, when you are tired, even though you have gotten a full night’s sleep. If you have no trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, fatigue during the day could indicate that there is something else that is wrong. This is especially true if you wake in the morning tired, even though you slept through. The first thing to do is to establish whether or not you are sleeping enough. Start by keeping a sleep diary. Make a note of what time you went to bed, how long it took you to fall asleep and what time you woke up the next day.
If you combine this with notes of what you eat and drink, and activities that you undertake, you should quickly pick up problems that are lifestyle related. Like exercising too late at night or having one coffee drink too many.
A week or two of keeping this sleep diary should be ample when it comes to identifying patterns and problem areas. This will allow you to make adjustments as necessary.
None of the Adjustments are Making a Difference
If you cannot see patterns or have made adjustments and you still feel fatigued, there could very well be a medical problem. Continue with your diary, but this time also make notes of other changes in your health that you have noticed. Are you feeling sore and achy, for example? Do you feel weak? What about your skin tone – is it healthy and normal or is it paler than usual?
Note down everything out of the ordinary, even if it doesn’t seem to be that important. According to XpertDox, if your urine is darker than normal it could be as a result of not drinking enough water, vitamins that you are taking, or a symptom of autoimmune hemolytic anemia, to name just one example.
Now, look at one at a time, these symptoms could all be considered fairly harmless. A backache could be as a result of poor posture and chills could be a sign that you are coming down with a cold. What makes them alarming is when there are a few different symptoms, and they don’t seem to abate.Even the worst flu symptoms start to feel better after a week or so. Sure, while you have the flu, it might feel like you are dying, but you do tend to bounce back after a while.
With an autoimmune disease, however, the fatigue is relentless. Ask yourself when the last time you felt really well was. When last did you jump out of bed ready to face the world? If you cannot remember, or it seems like ages ago, it is time to book a doctor’s visit.
Your physician can run tests to determine whether or not there is something medically wrong with and advise you on the best way forward. With any luck, it won’t be anything to worry about. At the very least, you will be able to get a firm diagnosis and start with treatment.