Sleep dysfunction and chronic fatigue is common in many disorders including Fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, Alzheimers disease, Parkinsons disease, Stroke, Arthritis and mental illness. But there are also some other reasons for sleep problems and chronic fatigue.
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, over 40 million Americans suffer from a chronic sleep disorder and another 20 million experience occasional sleeping problems.
Some other ‘reasons’ you may feel tired all the time include a sinus infection as it causes a strain on the immune system, and can trigger fatigue that can last weeks or months.
Dehydration is another energy drainer. Even mild dehydration makes it difficult for your brain cells to communicate properly, which can then leave your feeling exhausted and tired.
Being low in iron is another reason for fatigue. Iron is essential for building muscles, repairing damaged tissues and producing cellular energy. A simple blood test can tell you if you are suffering from low iron stores and can be easily remedied.
Stress, of course, is a massive energy stealer and can leave your feeling totally exhausted and fatigued.
Vitamin B12 deficiency is another problem that could leave you feeling tired. Study’s have shown that 40% of women could be deficient.
A sluggish pineal gland, which is the gland hidden in the centre of your brain, and which produces your body’s entire supply of sleep-inducing melatonin, can also be another energy stealer.
Feeling depressed, anxious, and irritable are also classic reasons which can leave you feeling tired and exhausted.
According to researchers at Tuscan University of Arizona, you can also feel exhausted if you are constantly exposed to mould as it is extremely draining to your body.
The list just seems to go on and on, and taking sleeping pills is not the answer and can actually be dangerous. The first step should always be to go and see your GP for some blood tests to rule out the ones that can show up in your blood.
A good website for help is http://www.sleepfoundation.org/