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Steps to overcome fatigue

4 ways to overcome Fatigue

Fatigue is a common complaint especially post middle age. Feeling tired, old and rundown, in your could be due to excessive fatigue.Here are some of the ways to re energize yourself when your energy levels are low:

1. Look out for health problems.

Fatigue is common in many illnesses including heart disease, arthritis, anemia, diabetes, thyroid and sleep apnea. Consult your doctor if you are feeling unusually tired. Also tell your doctor if you have fatigue after starting a new medication as some medications for blood pressure and diuretic scan contribute to fatigue.

2. Get Active

When you are sapped by fatigue, you are unable to exercise at a given intensity. However, research suggests that low intensity exercises done regularly will boost energy levels and will help in overcoming fatigue.Exercise also improves functioning of your heart, muscles and lungs, which gives you more energy for the activities.

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3. Drink lots of water

One of the signs that you need to watch out for, during fatigue, is dehydration. Water is the cheapest and easiest cure for fatigue. Even a small drop in your body’s water level can harm you. If you are fully dehydrated, it would cause an imbalance in electrolytes like sodium and potassium which aid muscles and heart to function well. The amount of your water intake would depend on your level of activity and where you live. Ideally a normal person needs to consume 2 – 3 liters of water. You can include other fluids like fruit juice, soups, tea, coffee as well.

4. Go early to sleep

Sometimes you cannot explain persistent, relapsing fatigue. Fatigue or sleepiness can happen when you do not havea good quality sleepand can affect your day to day activity. Depression and anxiety can also give you sleepless nights. It is important to address the issue that is keeping you awake in the nights. If need be consult a doctor to rule out Sleep apnoea, which can cause other health problems too. Avoid having heavy meals late in the night, reduce the caffeine and alcohol intake and maintain a regular time to go to bed and wake up.

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