Fatigue. We've all felt it at one time or another. You're so tired that you can't seem to keep your eyes open, no matter how hard you try. You feel like you could sleep for days and never wake up feeling refreshed. But what if that fatigue is a constant thing? A never-ending battle against tiredness? That's the reality for many people living with chronic fatigue(CF). Unfortunately, CF is often misunderstood and misdiagnosed, leaving those who suffer from it feeling alone and frustrated. If you or someone you know is struggling with chronic fatigue, read more about this misunderstood condition and how to manage it.
Anyone who has experienced chronic fatigue can attest that this condition affects every aspect of their daily life. Whether you struggle with mental or physical exhaustion, accomplishing even the simplest tasks can feel like an insurmountable hurdle. And unfortunately, there is no single cause of chronic fatigue, making it difficult to find an effective treatment. Possible underlying causes include immune system abnormalities, hormone imbalances, nutrition issues, and adrenal fatigue.
However, what matters most is finding ways to manage your symptoms and regain your energy and vitality at the end of the day. Whether you do so through dietary changes, stress management techniques, or lifestyle adjustments, you must take steps to heal from chronic fatigue to enjoy life again fully. So if you are struggling with this issue, don't hesitate to reach out for support and guidance along your journey. There are many resources available that can help you get back on track!
Before becoming a health coach, fatigue was something that I lived with every day. I used to joke and call it a roommate that lived in my body. It just never left that ate all of my food. It didn't pay a single day of rent. It made me feel hopeless.
I even used to joke that I've run on 1% battery life, like my phone. I felt like I always had to keep replugging in all my life. My energy was so wrong So I can easily say being burnt out all the time is not good. It doesn't mean that your body is tired. It doesn't mean that your body needs more rest. It doesn't mean that you didn't eat enough for chronic fatigue to happen.
Goes way deeper than that. Our bodies essentially have a cycle, and that cycle is called the circadian rhythm, and it works for both our hormone cortisol and for the melatonin that we produce. So essentially, this circadian rhythm this cycle is responsible for someone's energy level and how well they function during the day.So if that cycle starts later than usualor crashes, that's when we experienced chronic fatigue.
If that cycle begins earlier in the day, we may have periods of anxiety or periods where we feel tired but wired. Um, There are two parts essentially to this cycle and how it relates to chronic fatigue
part one, your cortisol amount. It is the first part of it. So your hormone cortisol is your daily energy level throughout the day. So essentially, when you wake up, the amount of cortisol that you have stored in your body should be at its highest peak. Then, as you continue through the day, you will use more cortisol and tell the hits to the lowest of the evening.
If someones cortisol part of their cycle is stable, then their hormones are balanced. Ideally, that cortisol energy should start high, and that energy should last until about 8:30 PM. When you're sleeping, your body will build up and store that cortisol until you have enough to wake yourself up again.
So this cycle will repeat itself repeatedly, starting with a high amount of cortisol being used throughout the day. Eight 30 starts winding up again, and it will repeat itself.
When it comes to the daily management if someone is always short energy in the body is constantly having to make cortisol. You never get a good wake cycle, which means you never wake up with high energy, and you always have a hard time going to sleep. So what happens is, is that it throws people off. So if you're the kind of person that works physically with your body as a job, you're going to get beat up a lot because you're going to wake up feeling very tired and not having any energy to do your work.
Many of the clients we work with essentially need to be in prime time, whether for their kids or even for their corporate job; basically, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM is like their excellent window. And You feel completely exhausted, and it's hard for you to function because your body's continuously trying to compensate for a while. Can I make a little more energy to fix this tomorrow? Eventually, if this cycle continues to shift where your cortisol doesn't make enough, I'm chronically short energy, then the body will say to itself It's time we start putting it on our body that comes in the form of fat.
Chronic fatigue is not something that we just need to accept. I think, unfortunately, when we go to our practitioners and say that we're tired, the two things that come into mind are, Hey, yeah, you're getting older. No, I've met 92-year-olds that have phenomenal energy, So that's not the case. Or if someone's tells you it's just menopause. That's also not normal because people go through that process in their life who don't have energy issues. So don't take your chronic fatigue as usual.
It's not all in your head; there are natural physiological explanations for why you feel tired all the time. While it can be frustrating to deal with, knowing the root cause of your fatigue can help you find ways to manage and mitigate its effects. Have you been feeling chronically tired? What have you done to try and combat it?
To listen in about this topic and to hear about part two of the cycle, visit my Hormone Helper Podcast's Episode 2: Fatigue That Never Goes Away!