Are You Feeling Tired All The Time?

Dr. TurkishBy: Dr. Jennifer Turkish

Do you feel like your “get up and go” has “gotten up and gone?” Do you have a persistent feeling of exhaustion or sleepiness? Do you wake up feeling like you haven’t slept at all? If you’ve answered yes, you may be suffering from TATT syndrome: Tired All the Time.

Everyone goes through periods of feeling worn out, lacking energy and feeling generally run down, feelings that can be caused by overwork or general stress, but for some, TATT, a milder form of what was formerly known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, can severely affect one’s quality of life.

Disturbed sleep patterns and insufficient sleep are two of the major causes of exhaustion. Insomnia and sleep apnea can also inhibit your ability to get a good night’s sleep.

  • Physical issues like obesity can add to a person’s exhaustion.
  • Anemia, an underactive thyroid, heart disease and other health conditions can leave you feeling very tired.
  • Anxiety, stress and other emotional issues add to exhaustion and can lead to frustration and irritability.

A few changes in your daily routine can make a drastic difference in tackling TATT syndrome. These lifestyle changes can help you beat TATT and wake up feeling more refreshed:

  • Write down the things you think tend to make you feel tired, then review them and try to change these daily, tiring habits.
  • Regular exercise can lessen your body’s aches and pains and increase your energy levels. Talk with your doctor before beginning a new exercise program.
  • Meditation, yoga, massage, acupuncture and other alternative therapies can balance your energies, calm the mind and relax the body.

Schedule a check-up with your family doctor if you think you may be experiencing TATT. Your doctor will perform a thorough physical exam, including checking your thyroid levels.

You may also benefit from a referral to the Center for Sleep Medicine at Raritan Bay Medical Center, or avail yourself of a wide range of alternative therapies at RBMC’s Division of Integrative Medicine to nurture your body, mind and spirit.

There’s little that a vacation can’t help, but self-care and an appointment with your family doctor can help rule out more serious disorders and help you get over TATT.

Dr. Turkish is a board-certified physician on staff at Bay Family Medicine, affiliated with Raritan Bay Medical Center. The Bay Family Medicine office is located at 26 Throckmorton Lane, Old Bridge, NJ. To schedule an appointment, call 732-360-0287 or 1-800-DOCTORS.

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