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IT’S SLEEP SUNDAY – LETS TALK ABOUT CAUSES OF SLEEP DYSFUNCTION AND CHRONIC FATIGUE…

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 for 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 you 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, feeling depressed, anxious, and irritable are other reasons that can leave you feeling awful and tired. Vitamin B12 deficiency is another problem that could leave you feeling tired and studies have sown that 40% of women could be deficient.

Mould can be another trigger for feeling exhausted as it is extremely draining to your body.

Some more sleep statistics from Sleep Care – Insomnia is a common sleep problem among adults with 30% of people suffering from disturbed sleep while another 10% showing signs of severe insomnia. Sleep Foundation.

50-80% of patients with psychiatric conditions suffer from chronic sleep problems compared to 10-18% of the general population. Harvard Health Publishing

Almost 25% of people experience acute insomnia every year, but only 75% of them recover without developing chronic insomnia or persistent sleep issues. Science Daily

About 40% of the population in the US is sleep deprived. Gallup

Sleep deprivation can cause an annual loss of 11 days of productivity per person. The Washington Post

The list just goes on and on and taking sleeping pills is not the answer as these can actually become addictive and dangerous. The first step should always be to go and see your GP for some blood tests and to rule out other reasons for your fatigue.

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EIGHT WAYS TO CREATE MOVEMENT AND ENERGY INTO YOUR DAY…

We are all feeling a little down in the dumps at the moment with the depressing weather and dark days but you can help create your own energy and movement if you cannot get outside. Here are eight great ideas on how to get you moving and increase your energy.

  1. Climb the stairs even if you are not going upstairs to get something, try increasing the amount of times you climb them daily and you will soon notice how less out of breath you are after a few days of doing it.
  2. Do not sit for too long, make sure you have a regular break. Set your phone alarm to go off every 30 mins and get up and take a walk around your house. Enjoy walking around your house and admire some things you have probably not noticed for a while and you may also find a few cobwebs while walking 🙂
  3. If your phone goes stand up and put it on speaker while you chat to whoever has phoned you. Hold onto a table while chatting and move your legs from side to side. You will forget how many you have done as you will be busy chatting instead. Don’t forget to change legs.
  4. Always go for a short walk just before your lunch, if you cannot get outside to do a short walk to the bottom of your street and back then walk around your garden instead. If that’s not possible either then do a lap of the whole house and count your steps as you are doing it. You will amazed how many steps you will be doing.
  5. If you are working from home, try and make your working space user friendly so that you can do the odd stretch or sit and meditate for a short while. Check out some desk exercises online.
  6. Avoid blue light at night so that you will get a great nights sleep ready for another great day.
  7. Drink lots and lots of fluid during the day and try to eat at regular times. This can help with weight loss as well as wellbeing.
  8. Finally, buy a houseplant – it’s a well known fact that plants are good for you as they purify the air. They also boost your energy and help you sleep, ease stress and make you happy. Simply looking after your plants can lift your mood and improve your wellbeing. They can help air circulation, which can prevent the spread of viruses! To find which plants and where to put them buy this book Houseplants for a Healthy Home: 50 Indoor Plants to Help You Breathe Better, Sleep Better, and Feel Better All Year Round by John VanZile from Amazon at £10.65 (Hardcover).

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BPB DAILY ALERT – NEW HOPE FOR SUFFERERS OF CHRONIC FATIGUE, ME AND FIBROMYALGIA…

Today’s Back Pain Blog’s new Daily Alert is there is news that there is hope for sufferers of chronic fatigue, ME and fibromyalgia…

Tracey Turton from Cheshire Natural Health and a Reflexologist for 25 years wrote that a new revolutionary approach to these conditions has been pioneered by The Chrysalis Effect and is now becoming recognised by the medical profession as an effective long-term treatment for Chronic Fatigue, ME and Fibromyalgia. This programme recognises that mind, body, environment, lifestyle, dietary factors, relationships and the predisposition and susceptibility of a person are all part of the picture. Nothing happens in isolation, everything is interrelated. An effective treatment programme therefore needs to address all these different elements.

If you would like to find out more, book in for your free Discovery consultation where, based on your health profile, Tracey can tell you more about the recovery programmes so you will be able to decide if this approach is right for you. Get in touch on 01925 730123 or email tracey@cheshirenaturalhealth.co.uk. You can also book online through our website www.cheshirenaturalhealth.co.uk