Even if you are getting eight hours of quality sleep every night, you may still be battling fatigue and trying to figure out why. There are many possible underlying causes, including anemia, sleep apnea, depression, food allergies, infectious diseases and chronic fatigue syndrome. The neuroendocrine system, with its complex chemical and hormonal balance, can also play a major role in determining your energy levels. Let’s take a closer look at two of these critical hormone glands—the adrenals and the thyroid. Problems with these two hormones are quite common but are often overlooked in conventional medicine. They are relatively easy to identify with a thorough history and appropriate lab tests, and can be successfully treated with naturopathic medicine to help you feel great again.
Fatigue is a lingering tiredness that is constant and limiting. With fatigue, you have unexplained, persistent, and relapsing exhaustion. It’s similar to how you feel when you have the flu or have missed a lot of sleep. If you have chronic fatigue, you may wake in the morning feeling as though you’ve not slept. Or you may be unable to function at work or be productive at home. You may be too exhausted even to manage your daily affairs.
In most cases, there’s a reason for the fatigue. It might be allergic rhinitis, anemia, depression, fibromyalgia, or some other health condition. If that’s the case, then the long-term outlook is good.