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Why You’re Tired Every Morning

July 24, 2012
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Manage to get eight hours of sleep each night and still exhausted, dying for your first cup of coffee each morning? There could be a good reason for it.

 

You’re low on Vitamin B12 
The nutrient is an energy booster that maintains healthy nerve cells and oxygen-transporting red blood cells. If you’re low, you may feel sluggish. Get a B12 test from your doc to check levels and you may need to change your diet to include more dairy, eggs, meat or fish or take B12 supplements to up your levels.

Medicine is depleting your energy

Some prescription and over-the-counter medicines like antihistamines may have side effects that zap your energy. Check with your doctor about switching brands, dosages, or treatments to get your energy back.

You’ve got thyroid issues

A cause of fatigue could be Hyperthyroidism, with symptoms that may include the inability to lose weight, unexplained weight gain, drier skin than usual, slowed heart rate, a change in your periods, or a feeling of being cold—along with fatigue. Check on your family history and talk with your doc about ordering a TSH blood test.

You’re depressed

A common sign of depression is fatigue but therapy and antidepressants can be a solution. Speak to a therapist or your doc to discuss it more.

You have celiac disease

About 1 in 133 Americans has this digestive condition, which is a bad reaction in the small intestine to gluten, a protein in wheat, rye, and barley. You’ll need a test to determine if you have the disease but the good news is that gluten-free eating is more readily available, with some restaurants even offering separate gluten-free menus.


Photo via flickr by josemanuelerre

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