Sometimes, we don’t get enough sleep, so we feel tired in the morning. Or on other days, we are simply so busy and stressed out that by the time evening comes we are left drained. Time and time again, we have moments, maybe even days of low energy, and the older we get the less energy we seem to have. But, sometimes, that chronic low energy is a sign of a serious health problem.
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a condition characterized by the ongoing feeling of tiredness, no matter what you do to try to combat it. Although much still remains unknown about chronic fatigue syndrome, some research suggests that chronic inflammation could play a role in this daily tiredness.
How do you know if you have chronic fatigue syndrome
Being tired a few days in a row doesn’t necessarily mean you suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome. To know for sure, keep tabs on your tiredness – how often you are feeling tired and which factors could be contributing to your fatigue. If you still continue to feel tired even after resting or sleeping all day, it could be a sign of CFS.
Here are some other questions to ask yourself when determining if you suffer simply from low energy or chronic fatigue syndrome:
Do you feel tired after waking up?
Do you feel more tired after exercise?
Does your memory or concentration feel like it’s lagging?
Answering yes to any of the above questions – along with these symptoms persisting for at least six months – is a sure sign that you may be suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome. Essentially, living with chronic fatigue syndrome may feel as if you are living with the flu that you can’t seem to shake off.
If you suspect you have chronic fatigue syndrome, speak to you doctor about treatment options available. If you just have trouble falling asleep, you may want to consider making sleep a priority and really aim for those seven to eight hours, as well as improve your daily habits in order to promote energy during the day and fall asleep easily at night. This consists of exercising regularly for at least 30 minutes, reducing stress and your workload, and avoiding stimulants like coffee and tobacco.
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