Your alarm clock rings at 6:30 a.m. waking you from your slumber. You groggily hit the "Snooze" button on your clock, roll over, and look forward to another six to seven minutes of sleep before your alarm goes off again.
After doing this a total of three times, you realize that you had better get up or you are going to be late for work and risk losing your job. It's only Monday, but it already feels like Friday. You step out of bed, wishing you could climb right back in. What is wrong with you, you wonder? It took a bit of time to fall asleep last night, but you figure you got at least a full eight hours. You should be feeling refreshed, not like you just ran a marathon.
You do your morning hygiene routine, wondering how you are going to make it through another day of fatigue. It feels like you are just surviving. Everyday life has lost its joy.
You rush around making breakfast for your children. You also quickly throw some lunches together. Because you slept in, you do not have enough time to eat breakfast, but you will grab a cup of coffee on your way to work after dropping off your children at school.
You head off to work, thankful for your morning coffee. By the time 11 a.m. arrives, you are starving but you are too busy at work to stop until 12:30 p.m. to eat your ham sandwich that you hastily threw together earlier this morning. You wish you had also made a spinach salad, but you just did not have time to make it this morning.
It is much too busy at work to take a thirty-minute break for lunch so you eat at your desk. You drink another cup of coffee. You start to feel that your energy is fading around 3:30 p.m., but fortunately it is almost time to go home.
You rush out of work to pick up your children at their after-school childcare center at the school. You get home. Your husband has to work late again. You make dinner quickly, and then you have to head out again to take the kids to their soccer game which you are coaching, because there were no other parent volunteers to take on this task.
Your best friend texts you and wants to meet up for coffee on the weekend, but you turn her down. You cannot imagine fitting one more thing into your schedule. She is annoyed, because you are always too tired to meet with her.
You get home from the soccer game, help the kids have their baths, read them bedtime stories, and then eventually you collapse into bed. The sad thing is that although you have been tired all day, now that you are actually in bed, it takes you a very long time to fall asleep. You are feeling too wired.
One thing is for sure. You know that tomorrow you are going to do it all over again. However, if you could have it your way, you would love to stop time for a while until you could catch your breath and feel rested again.
Does any of this sound familiar? If it does, you are at the right place, and reading the right information.
You have probably heard of obesity being referred to as the 21st century epidemic. While it is true that obesity is a problem, did you know that there is another much more insidious disability affecting hundreds of millions of people on a daily basis? This new epidemic is the overwhelming fatigue and lack of energy wreaking havoc in the lives of busy people throughout the world.
For some people, this fatigue is the result of medical issues. However, many others do not have a diagnosis of what is causing their fatigue and exhaustion. What can be very frustrating is when your physician says that even he cannot pinpoint the cause of your fatigue. You may have even undergone sleep testing to find that your sleep rhythms are actually normal and you have no sleep apnea, yet you still experience debilitating fatigue and poor energy.
To complicate matters, you are also plagued by many other symptoms - headaches and migraines, digestive disorders, tense muscles, poor concentration and memory, decreased ability to handle stress, decreased sex drive, more colds (decreased immunity), and feelings of depression and anxiety.
What is interesting is that the more primitive civilizations of the past and of today do not share many of these same ailments. These people have been kept busy living off the land, gathering their own food and water, using and consuming the natural resources that Mother Nature provides, free from technology, and living what many would consider the "simple" life. Their lives may not be considered luxurious by most standards, but their lives are ideal in more ways than you may realize.
When you stop and think about it, it really is not surprising that Western and industrialized civilization has become subject to these ailments. Compared to fifty years ago, the majority of households of today are made up of two working parents, long commutes, too many pre-packaged and fast foods, and little "down" time. It has created a recipe for disaster for your body.
Unfortunately, millions of people are relying on sleeping pills, hoping that this will improve their sleeping and resultant energy. This is a band-aid solution, and can cause more problems than help in the long term.
It is therefore time to look at things differently. If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, it is time to stop looking for the quick fix and make full, lifestyle changes that will rejuvenate and revitalize you, bringing energy and joy back into your life.
This blog is meant to help anyone who suffers from fatigue and exhaustion related to an overly busy and/or stressful life, and is burnt out or on the road to burnout.
Note: There is the assumption that you do not suffer from a specific sleep disorder such as untreated sleep apnea or another disease. There are many sleep labs that can test the quality of your sleep. However, if you do not have a sleep disorder or other medical diagnosis, and you are lacking energy, it is time to take action. Only you can make yourself better. Your wellness is in your hands!