January 13, 2010,
J.K. asks from Mansfield, OH on January 11, 2010
Quick Energy and Ways to Wake up When Super Sleepy in AM and Lots to Do.
This morning (although this is somewhat common) i just can't wake up. Getting on the computer to look something up for my husband and respond to email has been about all I can do. After getting the kids off to school I sat down to try and do my daily devotional and couldn't keep my eyes open. That is with a cup of coffee in my hand. I am getting enough sleep (same as usual) and do not always wake up this way. I eat mostly healthy (caffine is my only "vice") I don't exercise regularly because I just can't seem to find the time although I do enjoy exercising. (Side note-I am trying to rework my schedule to have more time for things like that) For the most part I have enough energy to get me going although I admit to not being a morning person at all. My doctor has me taking Vitamin D to help with winter fatigue and it seems to work but some days I am just dead tired. I have alot I need to get done and many more things I want to get to today. Anyone know of a great pick me up in the morning or even something that is mind over matter kind of thing to get myself going on mornings (or sometimes afternoons) like these! Thanks moms!
S.H. answers from Hartford on January 11, 2010
Two common causes of fatigue in women that I can think of right off hand are anemia (as the first responder posted) and thyroid problems. My sister-in-law tried the natural approach to dealing with her hypothyroidism, which caused her extreme fatigue, but finally gave in to taking medicine and going on a gluten-free diet. She is back to her old self.
If neither of these areas are a problem for you - a good quality, potent B-Complex is known to give energy and reduce stress. In fact, they don't advise you to take it at night. I buy mine at the local health food store. I deal with my borderline-anemic tendencies by cutting out the chai (tea affects iron absorption) and taking vitamin C along with oatmeal and black-strap molasses (enhances absorption of iron). Going caffeine free also helped me with dips in energy - although it takes about a week for your body to adjust.
A third reason for grogginess is a failure to wake up and go to bed at the same time every day. Our bodies prefer a routine sleep schedule.
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S.C. answers from Fort Wayne on January 12, 2010
You could also have mono. I had Epstein Bar (sp) Mono and I felt like that a lot. I wasn't exhausted all the time, but enough that I got concerned. Plus, I had a cold that I just couldn't shake. They did a blood test and I had mono. They put me on and antibiotic and told me to rest when I could. If it's happening more often than not, I would make an appt to see your doctor again.
J.C. answers from Fort Wayne on January 13, 2010
How old are you J.? I'm 32, and about 2 years ago I went through about a year where I felt tired all the time! I also had extreme pms halfway through my cycle. I didn't know what to do, so I talked to my doctor and she said it sounded like I was experiencing pmdd. Now, at first I tried taking prozac during the days I found myself really tired and irritable. Now though, it's been over a year since I've taken it, and when I did take it, I'd only take it about 2 or 3 times a month. I just wanted to chime in though because I honestly think it's our bodies changing hormonally. We don't have the high metabolism we had in our twenties, and if you're like me, I have always been very energetic an on the go. Once my metabolism started changing, I was greatly affected by it because it was just so crazy opposite from what I was used to feeling. If your answer is as simple as mine, it does get better...I've noticed that I've really adjusted to my new lower energy level, and it doesn't affect me anymore except for the fact that I go to bed at 10 or 10:30 and wake up at 7:15. I've always been a big sleeper though. My husband thinks it's funny how much I sleep! But, if I don't get atleast 8 hours, I totally feel like I am running on 2 or 3 hours!
B.W. answers from Indianapolis on January 11, 2010
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D.W. answers from Indianapolis on January 11, 2010
I'd recommend a visit to your doctor to make sure there aren't any endocrine abnormalities. Fatigue is a really difficult thing to pinpoint as it can be from many causes (hormonal, depression, cardiovascular, cancer, etc).
I don't want to alarm you, but if it's something that's abnormal, it's worth talking to your doctor about. If you're having weight loss, fever, night sweats, etc. I'd see your doctor immediately.
Good luck! I hope it's just the winter fatigue and nothing that will require a big medical work-up
K. answers from Cincinnati on January 11, 2010
You may have an iron deficiency which in turn can cause you to be tired. You may want to check on this with your doctor.
Best of luck,
A.S. answers from Dallas on January 12, 2010
Skip the energy drinks and tablets, this will make it worse and are unhealthy. Go to the doc - maybe your iron level is low? My iron level was low and after taking OTC iron for a few weeks, I felt 100% better. Get some exercise, have protein for breakfasat, take care of yourself and let your husband look up whatever he needs on-line.
K.B. answers from Cincinnati on January 11, 2010
I have found sometimes that if I FORCE myself to get moving ALOT when I feel that way--like we have Wii fit, so I'll do a quick workout on that--then it helps some. I make a list and promise myself if I get so many things done this morning, I can take a nap later. This helps some.
I have to admit, I had a day today I just went back to bed.
The problem is I can go back to bed and not sleep another hour---but sleep another 4! :( I did it today b/c I have to work today, figured I wouldn't sleep tonight so might as well now. If I'm goin to be off I have a new Years resolution to stay up and so far--it's work. :-/
I TOTALLY understand what your saying though. I am sooo that way some days. I have also been to my doctor--all my labs, electrolytes, WBC, and thyroid hormone levels are are normal. Somedays mornings are just too rough for non-morning people ;)
C. answers from Cleveland on January 11, 2010
I take a B Complex vitamin in the morning and it really helps!