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   Posted 4/30/2009 11:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I always attribute my fatigue to my breakneck schedule, long hours at work, etc. But it seems that even when I get plenty of sleep, I never feel completely rested. I sort of drift in and out of a mental fog all day. Is that possibly a side effect of anxiety or some sort of chemical imbalance? Every time I complain about it to my boyfriend or parents they just say I am so tired all the time because I have to use my brain to think critically all day, draft long documents in front a computer, etc. (I'm an attorney..and no, I don't bite ;) I don't know what to think and wonder if it's something I should address with my therapist?
Thanks and Happy Thursday!!!

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   Posted 4/30/2009 11:46 AM (GMT -6)   

Belablue, welcome! I have been SO tired lately also. Around 11:00 am I can lay down on the couch and fall right to sleep. I know fatigue can be a symptom of anxiety/stress. But I'm thinking I would visit the doctor to rule out anemia and other things that can cause fatigue.

If you can, slow down at work. Maybe delegate some work to others to relieve the load on you. Make sure you're eating well and eating regularly. Let us know what you find out! Feel better soon!


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   Posted 4/30/2009 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Fatigue is a sign your body is doing more then it is getting. Usually helps to eat several times a day. 5 times is perfect. And I don't mean eat 5 square meals.

Snacks can be as easy as an apple, orange, fruit bar. Your body needs the fuel. If you don't fuel it the body will natural take energy from muscle tissue which in return will make you tired.
To much sleep can also make you tired. Not enough will do the same. The hard part is finding the middle ground that works for you and sticking to it. For me its no more then 6 hours. If I sleep more then that I am a slug all day. Less then that and I'm a zombie and will nap.

But going to your doc of course is the best thing to do.

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   Posted 4/30/2009 6:30 PM (GMT -6)   
"Fatigue is a sign your body is doing more then it is getting."
That seems to be the consensus of my docs. I've had tests run for anemia, thyroid, etc in the past with my IBS and whatnot. Everything repeatedly comes back normal. Docs keep telling me I just have mental fatigue which comes with the territory of me being in a profession where I am required to utilize a lot of critical, deep thinking all day. I've related their take on it to my family and boyfriend, so I guess that's why they just keep reminding me of it whenever I start to worry there's something wrong with me :P 
I do make conscientious efforts to get adequate sleep every night. 7 hours seems to be my magic number for sleeping. I do snack to keep my metabolism steady without dramatic peaks and valleys in my insulin. And I exercise and try to destress as much as I can when home.
It's silly, but I guess I keep hoping the root of my tiredness will turn out to be something "treatable" because there is nothing I can do about the profession I have chosen being tiring unless I quit it altogether, which I can't fathom doing right now :D

Post Edited (belablue) : 4/30/2009 5:33:38 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 4/30/2009 6:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I can sleep and yet I am tired all day long
I believe it is a culmanation of all the DD I have

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   Posted 5/1/2009 3:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Have you tried a program like Weight watchers? Or anything along that lines? Some places like that offer good plans for busy people. Even if its not to lose weight but to maintain they will give you the numbers to hit on fiber,protein, veggies etc.

Yoga is great to revitalize the body. It is IMO one of the best things you can do to relax and be at peace. Maybe doing Yoga 2-3 times a week might not be a bad idea.
You sound like a very healthy person. Just over stressed. Stress managment classes if they are available in your area might be worth looking into also. To much on your mind will even make it into your night time sleeping.
At least it does me. If I'm over worried about something or stressed. I think about it 24/7 even while I "try" to sleep. I wake up like I've slept but feel like I napped. All because my mind was over active while I was trying to sleep.

I am a big person on journals they help put my thoughts to rest until I can get back to them. Once I write it down I put an end to those thoughts until I open my journal again. If they come back I will make a "note" in my head and let it rest on that. It works great and has helped releave a lot of stress and worries.
I hope things straighten up for you and life becomes a little less stressful for you.

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   Posted 5/2/2009 7:20 AM (GMT -6)   

Hello there, this is Kitt. You have received lots of good advice pro bono ( couldn't resist teasing you a bit). smile
Here are a few of my suggestions to help you:

1. Eat protein at every meal: One of the most important ways to keep your blood sugar balanced and energy levels high is to include protein at every meal, breakfast and snacks included. I try to follow the Weight Watchers meal plan.

2. Limit sugar and caffeine intake: Might sound bizarre but sugar and caffeine give you instant energy, but a few hours later, and in the long term, they will only make you more tired.

3. Make sure you do not have any medical conditions that can cause fatigue. These include low thyroid function, low iron, high iron, and a range of other ailments which can be determined by blood tests.

4. Don't exercise too much or too little. Either one can cause low energy levels. If you are a stressed, don't pick a stressful form of exercise such as running or aerobics. Instead, try Pilates, Tai Chi, yoga, lifting weights, or walking. Exercise should leave you refreshed, not wiped out. You must include exercise into your routine at least three times a week.

5. Maintain emotional stability. This is important to avoid sleepless nights, which stresses the body. Our emotional health is important in order to avoid the stress and worry that often leads to reduced sleep quality, and affect our energy each day.

I have anxiety and depression so I have to work very hard at keeping my emotions in check. I practice staying in the moment.

It's really important for myself to be able to stay in the moment. I have found that by avoiding things like dwelling on past or worrying about the future I am usually able to get done what needs to get done when it needs to get done.

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”

I wish you peace and hope that you continue to come here and talk with us. We are here to support you and we welcome you to the A & P Family.

Gentle Hugs

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