Thursday, April 20, 2017
Do Not Take Fatigue Lying Down
Have you ever had one of those days when you are so tired you can not do anything other than the Netflix nightlight?
Of course, everyone gets tired sometimes, and often bounces after a quick rest or a good night's sleep. However, if fatigue attacks occur more often and last longer, you should not ignore them.
"Older adults may fear aging fatigue, but there is no reason why you should fight fatigue in progress," says Dr. Suzanne Salamon, a geriatric doctor at the Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Here are some signs that you should take your fatigue seriously:
Inability to do activities you enjoy
Waking up exhausted, even after a good night's sleep
Not feeling motivated to start the day
Sudden bursts of exhaustion disappear and return
Shortness of breath.
This type of fatigue can affect your health in several ways. You may have less energy to exercise. It is a great place to stay. You can easily stick and become more socially isolated.
It is worth checking with your doctor
Fatigue could also signal a state of health, according to Dr. Salamon, and you should consult your doctor to see if you have any of the following problems.
> Anemia. This happens when your blood has too few red blood cells or these cells have too little hemoglobin, a protein that carries oxygen into the bloodstream. This results in lower energy levels.
Cardiac disease. Heart disease can cause the heart to pump blood less efficiently and cause fluids in the lungs. This can cause shortness of breath and reduce the oxygen supply to the heart and lungs, which makes you tired.
Sleep problems. Sleep apnea is characterized by a pause in your breathing, which often lasts several seconds, or a shallow breathing while you sleep. It is common in elderly and overweight people. Another problem related to sleep is an overactive bladder that forces repeated trips from the nightly bathroom. Either one of them can bother you enough to let you tired during the day.
Medication. Some medications can make you tired, such as blood pressure medications, statins, antidepressants, antihistamines, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and cold medications. "People react differently to medications and they often end up taking more as they age," says Dr. Salamon. Check with your doctor, especially if you have added a new drug or recently increased your dosage. "Sometimes it helps to take certain medications, which can cause fatigue at night rather than during the day," she says.
Depression or low level anxiety. Mental health problems often drain energy levels. "You may suffer from depression or anxiety and not even know it," says Dr. Salamon.
Myalgic encephalomyelitis / chronic fatigue syndrome (ME / CFS). It is a complex disorder that causes unexplained extreme fatigue, which can worsen after physical or mental activity and does not improve with rest. Its cause is unknown, but may be related to one or more underlying issues.
Some simple ways to boost energy levels
For regular and daily fatigue, try these tips:
1. Drink a cup of coffee or tea. A little caffeine can start your day, she says. "You do not need more than that, but it can offer a mental and physical uplift, especially if you have problems with morning fatigue."
2. Spend 30 minutes on foot. "If you can not go out, take a walk in your home in episodes of 10 to 15 minutes, two to three times a day," says Dr. Salamon.
3. Take a nap. A midday towel can help overcome fatigue later in the day. Hold naps about 20 to 30 minutes as studies have suggested that nap for 40 minutes or more can have the opposite effect and let you feel groggy rather than refreshed. "Also, do not nap too late in the day or early evening, when this could interfere with your normal sleep schedule," says Dr. Salamon.
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