Everyone has nights with little sleep that leave them feeling tired the next day but for some, it’s a more common occurrence. If you feel constantly tired even when you do get lots of sleep, there may be a more significant factor at play. You could be struggling with chronic fatigue.
When we find ourselves constantly in a high-stress environment, our body may not be able to keep up with restoring itself. The overburdening of our bodies takes a toll on our adrenal glands responsible for releasing various stress hormones, cortisol being the most important. The gland becomes exhausted and cannot function properly. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a disease categorized by extreme fatigue, sleep abnormalities, and pain that increases with activity. The main symptom is fatigue for over six months that does not improve with rest.
The cause of CFS is unknown but may include environmental, lifestyle, or genetic factors. Research to discover possible triggers involves studying the relationship between stress, toxicants, food choices, the central nervous and immune system, and activation of a latent virus. Want to know what happens when you don’t get enough sleep? Check out our graphic below.
Dr. Cutler will discuss treatment options with you during your initial consultation. When he creates a treatment plan, he focuses on treating the entire body and tailoring everything directly to the patient’s needs. If a specific infection or disease is causing your fatigue, he will focus on treating that first. He may prescribe some natural supplements to increase the nutrients in your body and help you feel more awake. He may also discuss your nutritional habits and suggest foods you can add to your diet to assist with the fatigue. Every individual will have their own specific needs to address their health complaints.