There are four primary factors that contribute to fatigue. These same four major factors also determine your overall health:
- Physical Form and Function – The overall structure (form) of your body and how well it moves and works at all levels (function) is vital to your overall health.
- Nutrition – The quality of the food going into your body impacts your health.
- Stress – Your ability to cope with and manage the stress in your life greatly affects your overall health.
- Sleep – The quality of your sleep is a major factor in determining your health.
All four of these factors play primary roles in how healthy you are. Fortunately, you have control over these factors and the ability to change each one of them.
Let’s examine each factor more closely to see how they relate to fatigue:
Physical Form and Function
The vast majority of energy used by your brain and body is for one job: holding your head/body upright against gravity. There has been research stating that upwards of 90% of the energy output of your brain is for this sole purpose. When the body is balanced and symmetrical, this system works extremely well and efficiently, keeping us healthy and happy. However, when proper balance and symmetry is lost, more energy output is required to hold us upright. This makes less energy available to do everything else, including keeping your eyes open.
Look at what you are eating. In general, the lower the quality of food you are consuming (processed foods; foods with high sugar/salt/flour content; foods high in industrial-agricultural chemicals; and foods comprised of any man-made substances) the harder your body has to work to digest and eliminate it from your body. A substance that is not meant to be in your body will have to be eliminated and your body will have to detoxify itself. The more energy your body has to use to digest/cleanse itself on a daily basis, the more fatigued you will be.
How much stress do you have in your life? More importantly, how well do you handle that stress? Quick, short bursts of stress are healthy for your body. Long, drawn-out periods of stress are draining. It wears your nervous system down, which diminishes your entire body’s ability to function. When the nervous system is constantly overworked, your energy levels plummet. Therefore, it’s so important to look for healthy ways to cope with those stressors in your life. Meditation, prayer, exercise, and breathing exercises are all good coping mechanisms.
How much sleep do you get per night? A better question: how much quality sleep do you get per night, every night? A lack of quality sleep results in waking up tired, as well as waking with headaches, soreness and irritability. Obviously, a lack of quality sleep means you will be tired, but it also leads to other more serious health issues, including weight gain, heart disease, chronic illness and depression, just to name a few. The general goal is to improve your overall health (mentally, physically, and spiritually) which will lead to better quality sleep.
Take a good look at your life and your health, and you will understand why you are so tired. When you are ready to improve your quality of life, give us a call. To schedule an appointment, contact us at (732) 683-0200 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.