7 of The Most Common Reason You Stay Tired

One of the most common complaints we hear from our adult patient base is fatigue. We often hear that people are tired all the time, no matter what they do. Many have to survive on caffeine to make it through the day. Here is a list of some of the most common energy killers:

1. An over-firing brain. Our brain can’t operate at extremely high levels forever. People with brains that are firing too high often have periods of great function and then they hit the wall. When they hit the wall, they have to use a stimulant to keep going. A brain map helps find if there is a over-firing brain. Brain maps are a 15 minute, non-invasive, computerized EEG analysis of brain function.

2. Glucose problems. One of the key fuel sources of your body is sugar. It is important to keep glucose well regulated. At least once per year you should have your fasting glucose checked. It would be even better to also check your HA1C number. This represents glucose balance over a longer time period. A recent study published by JAMA reported close to 50% of Americans have diabetes or pre-diabetes.

3. Cortisol imbalance. Cortisol is a key hormone in the body. One of the jobs of cortisol is to properly dispense glucose throughout the body during the day. Cortisol should be higher in the morning after you are coming out of a sleep/fasting state. It is a good idea to look at cortisol levels throughout the day and determine if the pattern is normal.

4. Not working out. We have to move our body on a regular basis. Regular physical exercise help modulate our immune and nervous system. We know it also helps out our cardiovascular system.

5. Thyroid dysfunction. Many people, especially females, are dealing with thyroid dysfunction. Each year it is important to look at your thyroid numbers with laboratory testing.

6. Inflammation. Chronic high inflammatory states cause problems throughout the body. This is especially true in the brain and the gut. It is good to know your inflammatory levels. This is determined by blood testing.

7. Too much stress. Some stress is normal in life. It is when the stress becomes high for long periods of time that problems arise. Vacations and rest are important for function. We have to make time for “down time” or our body will make time for this by getting sick and tired.

If you have questions or need help, feel free to contact us at The Martin Clinic at 770.237.3970 or info@themartinclinic.com. A brain map and laboratory testing are a great place to start if you are having fatigue issues. Getting to the root cause of the problem is always important.