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Could there be more to blame for your tiredness and fatigue than 'just another busy day at the office'?
Britain is suffering from an epidemic of sleeplessness with a significant percentage of working adults being sleep deprived [i]. In our modern-day world, with work pressures, long working hours and the constant buzz of our phones, on top of juggling a busy family life, it is harder than ever to switch off and relax. For many, feeling drained and tired has become the norm and seems to be the expected result of a day where 24 hours is not enough time to complete the never-ending to-do list. However, not getting enough sleep can be detrimental to our health and cause a range of problems including a weakened immune system, weight gain and cognitive impairment, so it is very important to get enough sleep.
If you find yourself feeling exhausted even when you have had a good night's sleep, it can be difficult to know whether you are simply doing too much or if there is an underlying reason as to why you are constantly sleepy. Medichecks' Tiredness and Fatigue Check offers an easy way to rule out some of the most common and treatable causes of fatigue.
Hormones control many different processes in the body and determine your mood, energy levels, weight and temperature. One of the most important hormones to get right for your sleep is cortisol, otherwise known as the stress hormone. Cortisol is produced in the adrenal glands and has a natural diurnal rhythm. Cortisol is highest in the morning, usually peaking half an hour after we wake (the cortisol awakening response) to prepare our bodies for the day's activities. Cortisol levels gradually decline throughout the day and should be lowest just before bedtime to help us sleep. Cortisol also helps us manage stress, but too much stress in our lives can cause disruptions to our normal rhythm. If levels are high at night it will be more difficult than usual to get to sleep. Try to reduce the stress in your life by allowing more time for relaxation, especially before bed, when it is important to put aside your tablet or smart phone and introduce some calm into your evening.
Don’t just assume feeling tired is part of a busy lifestyle and something you must put up with. Feeling tired all the time is one of the most common reasons why people visit their doctor, but sometimes finding out the reasons for your symptoms can be a journey of trial and error. Our Tiredness and Fatigue Checks and Cortisol Saliva Tests can help you to get to the cause of your low energy levels and why you might be finding it difficult to get to sleep at night.
[i] Campbell, D. (2018). Britons told to get a good night’s sleep. The Guardian. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/feb/25/britons-epidemic-sleeplessness-damaging-health [Accessed 7 Nov. 2018].