Why Am I Always #$%@ing Tired? – Hormones and Fatigue.

Why am I tired all of the time? Fatigue and burnout are one of the major complaints that I hear regularly from friends and clients. Even after a full night’s sleep they just don’t feel rejuvenated.

Are you fed up with feeling tired all of the time? Do you spring out of bed each morning ready to take on the world or is it an effort just to get out of bed and even more effort getting through the day?

Hormone imbalance is one of the major factors in fatigue.

Even when you’ve had a good night’s sleep why do you still feel tired and like you need a nap by the afternoon?

It may be that you are suffering from hormonal imbalance which is a common cause of fatigue.

Do you feel:

  • Tired, even when you wake up?
  • Short tempered?
  • Fluctuations in energy levels?
  • Struggle to get through the day?
  • Overwhelmed?

How hormones affect your energy levels

Your hormones are chemicals that are instrumental in controlling your body’s processes — for example, your body temperature and heart rate. They are powerful chemicals and even a slight imbalance it can make you feel tired and cause sleep problems.

Perimenopause and Menopause – Another Curveball Coming Our Way!

During menopause and perimenopause you may experience fatigue and burnout. Fatigue is a common symptom due to hormonal changes that take place.

During perimenopause, the ovaries stop producing as much oestrogen. This can have a knock-on effect on other hormones, such as adrenal and thyroid hormones. These hormones regulate cellular energy in the body. This hormonal imbalance can lead to crushing fatigue.

What is triggering your fatigue?

Firstly, you need to understand what’s causing your low energy levels. And depending on this, it’s likely that there are loads of things you can do to increase your energy levels.

Try to find the triggers that cause low energy and fatigue. Do you feel tired after breakfast? Are you tired after afternoon biscuits? Or maybe that glass of wine last night is the cause of morning tiredness?

If you’re not sure what the issue might be, it may be worth speaking with a health professional to get to the bottom of it.

How to improve your energy levels

Some simple steps can help improve your energy levels and reduce fatigue:

1 – Prioritise your sleep – Good quality sleep not only boosts energy, but also helps

regulate our appetite hormones enabling us to make better food choices which will in turn also improve our energy levels.

2 – Be Sugar Savvy – Avoid ultra processed and refined foods such as: white bread, white pasta, white potatoes, pastries, cakes, biscuits, chips, crisps, crackers, ready meals, fast food, shop bought condiments and sauces fruit juices, carbonated drinks & squashes, sports drinks, energy bars.

Try to keep your blood sugar—and energy—levels balanced, eat plenty of whole grains, vegetables, fruit, lean protein, and healthy fat. Aim to have a mix at each meal. Eating smaller meals more frequently might also help keep your energy up.

3 – Limit Caffeine, Alcohol, and Nicotine Use – These substances can affect your energy. They may give you a quick fix, but when they wear off, they can leave you feeling tired and fatigued. Like sugar, alcohol is a short term fix. Regularly drinking alcohol before bed can reduce the quality of your sleep. Try to reduce stress, and cut down on stimulants such as coffee, alcohol and cigarettes.

4 – Move More – A lot of us also shy away from the thought of exercise because in the short term it feels uncomfortable, we get out of breath, go red in the face and just feel so unfit and potentially embarrassed about it all that the easier option is to just not do it!!

Can you move a little bit more today than you did yesterday, can you move maybe a little bit more tomorrow than you did today? Regular movement and walks can help reduce fatigue by making you feel more energised and less stressed.

5 – Eat a nutritious diet – If you’re always feeling tired and sluggish then may be try changing your eating habits . Choose whole and nutritious foods that provide your body with nourishment that it needs to function at its best. Eating lots of processed foods that are high in sugar can negatively affect both your energy levels and your overall health.

6 – Stress less – Taking some time for yourself to relax, reading, or going for a walk. Pencil in me time every week. You could try mindfulness, take a relaxing bath or meditation techniques, which may reduce stress.

7 – Lighten the Load & Detox – Your body is an amazing machine and is constantly working so hard to flush most of the toxic material that ends up inside you. However, in today’s world the volume, exposure and impact of these toxins is starting to take its toll.

Try a Juice Cleanse to accelerate healing, sky rocket your energy and enhance detoxification. A fast is the easiest way to reduce the workload on the body. When you reduce intake, the body will use the internal energy to redirect and do a ‘clean up’ The body will start to discard what is damaged and unhealthy as a priority. Doing this will help you to: de-stress the body, lose weight, improve blood sugar control and seriously boost your energy!

You can achieve incredible results when you put your body in the most natural environment.

8 – Drink more water – Drinking enough water is incredibly important for several aspects of health. In particular, dehydration can have a huge effect on your brain function, mood, energy levels, and more.

8 – Socialise – Connecting with people is incredibly important for maintaining good health, reducing stress and lowering fatigue. Meet with friends and family regularly. Join my group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/weightlossforbusymums) and connect with like minded women!

Time to change!

Being fatigued all the time does not have to be your way of life. When your energy is high you feel strong, sexy, energetic and healthy and are able to get so much more enjoyment out of life.

When to seek help?

While fatigue can be a sign of menopause, but it can also be an indicator of other medical conditions. Fatigue can also take a toll on your mental health. If you are finding fatigue difficult to cope with then you should consider speaking with a specialist.

Remember that a problem shared is a problem halved and I am always here to talk

Lucy

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Lucy Round (The Detox Coach) is a qualified nutrition coach, detox & wellness coach and personal trainer and the founder of www.clowcleanse.co.uk and WeightLossForBusyMums (a weight loss support group for busy mums).

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