There are mornings that I wake up ore tired than I was the night before. Almost as if an unseen force was stealing my rest from me! I may have just spent 9 hours sleeping, but my body feels like it is living off of two hours of light rest and stale coffee. Let’s not even get into the number of naps one can fit into a day (4).
Usually, fatigue is caused by extreme physical or mental exertion, but I rarely exert large mounts of energy on anything. So what is the cause? I would love to say I have OBVIOUSLY been working out for 4 hours every night in my sleep, but my waistline denies such buffoonery. It would be nice to say I spend 8 hours working very hard each day, but that definitely isn’t the case here.
In fact, if I could manage 8 productive hours, they would NEVER be in a row. I spent two hours creating things and then my head hurt for the rest of the day. What now? Lay down and read until I felt better. I got a LOT of reading done, but not much else. I did manage to get an hour of exercise in, but that is because otherwise I can’t move well in the morning.
That hour of exercise tired me out and I clung to wakefulness until the weight on my eyelids slammed them shut for the evening. Then, BAM! 5am, I am bright eyed and bushy tailed! In fact, I am sitting here, writing this as I slam down coffee with whipped cream, KNOWING that within three hours I will be taping my eyes open to be awake to greet my family when they come home. Plus I took the time to pull out the hose and water the potato. Gonna be a rough one today!
So, what to do about fatigue? First, try not to ramble in your blog because that is a dead giveaway as to your state of fatigue. People don’t need to know that the hamster is gone and moths are running the place! Second, try to plan out the things that need to get done, giving enough time to complete each task without rushing and leaving time between tasks to breath and rest. Get to know the body signals that warn of an impending crash. For me, I can’t keep my left eye open. When it begins to droop and blink slower than the right eye, I already know that I have lost at least 40% of my thinking power and at least half of what is left is dedicated to breathing.
Our society makes sure we know that we have to work, work, work in order to get anywhere in life. Fatigue does not care about aspirations. Fatigue is not concerned about bills. It cares only for rest. Which is what should be the focus when this is the case. At some point, the human brain and body cannot function in a state of constant tired, but with planning and attention, life can be lived and enjoyed. Just more slowly, which really isn’t the worst thing in a world that moves so fast.
While I am no doctor, if fatigue is a problem get checked for sleep apnea. Treating sleep disorders can assist with fatigue if that is the cause, however, I use my CPAP and still I am fatigued. I exercise, I eat pretty healthy, I drink water, I take my meds and supplements, I get a full night’s sleep, and still I feel like I need more rest, more sleep, and it never seems to be enough.
This is definitely something to discuss with your doctor if you have not previously experienced fatigue as it could totally mean something else is going on. Something completely unrelated to sleep could be the cause of fatigue and other issues so while I may be entertaining and occasionally informative, I still always recommend your doctor’s advise over my experience.