Fatigue is certainly a common symptom of pregnancy, but if you know you are not pregnant and are feeling unusually sluggish anyway, you may be uncertain what to do. First and foremost, if you are not feeling well, it is important to contact your physician and schedule an appointment. While discussing things with your doctor, he or she may bring up some of the following common causes of fatigue.
1) Dehydration– The average adult human body is comprised of 50-65% water, and this liquid is vital to keeping things functioning as they should. Moderate dehydration can actually result in a loss of three percent of your total body weight, which can make you feel lightheaded as well as impact your ability to concentrate.
2) Cell Phones and Tablets– Technology has made it so simple for us to check our e-mail, perform a quick internet search, or watch a funny video anytime of the day or night. However, you should consider keeping your bedroom a gadget-free zone. Using your cell phone or tablet before bed increases your brain activity, making it more difficult to fall asleep. Once you are asleep, these very same gadgets could wake you up again with their ringing and beeping.
3) Medication– Be sure to bring a full list of the medications and herbal supplements you are taking, along with their dosages, to your appointment. Your doctor can let you know if any of them have the side effect of decreasing your energy level.
4) Gym Habits– Working out has the benefit of reducing the amount of cortisol, a stress-producing hormone, in your body. However, if you perform aerobic exercise for too long, your body will actually ramp up cortisol production instead.
5) Iron Intake– In order for oxygen to move around your body efficiently and eliminate waste from your cells, you need at least 18 milligrams of iron per day. Without it, you can develop what is known as iron deficiency anemia, which manifests itself through fatigue.