So basically for the last 1-2 years, I've struggled with constant sleepiness. It doesn't matter what time of the day it is, I'm ready for a nap at any time. But the thing is, I'm only 24 years old, I get an average of 7-8 hours of sleep a night. I eat very well- I never deprive myself when I'm hungry (I'm vegan and eat super hero about 80% of the time.) I walk and ride my bike whenever possible and have a full schedule everyday, so I don't consider myself to be sedentary or inactive at all. Shouldn't a young healthy 24 year old girl be full of energy?
By the way-before I went vegan, it was the same. I was always tired, except I felt worse because I also experienced cramps, tummy aches, gas, irregular bowel movements, mucus, acne, etc. Going vegan has definitely made my body feel happy and cleansed... I'm just sleepy all of the time that's all. And I'm a busy person so being tired at work all of the time is not something I have time for (as I'm sure you can all relate to.) Speaking of work... my work is not a physically demanding job at all.
Does anyone have any insight or health tips on this? I hate covering up sicknesses with medicine and I'm sure if I go to the doctor, they'll probably just give me some pill. I'd rather find the root of the problem.
I gave up coffee in February and I really don't want to go back to drinking it to stay energized... I feel that coffee isn't good for me and I don't
This was just addressed under another thread Lily. I also suffer with CF as you do. In the other thread adaptogenic herbs were listed to support your adrenals. Also could be anemia or b12, mineral or vit d deficient. I am finding a huge correlation to food allergies . I never realzed the connection beween this and fatigue. I am very limited to what I can tolerate, and if you think about it, putting foods in your body that it cant process would indeed make someone fatigued. You should also check your thyroid with a basal theromometer test. Its easy to find out how online. YOur doc can run tests for the deficiencies. Meantime, hang in there. Its really depresssing to always be dragging so badly, lots of us here at TKL know what you are dealing with, and we can share what we learn with one another. Keep us posted, K?
I had this (CF) when I was younger, and for me apparently I wasn't getting enough zinc. I do think getting tested for deficiencies is a good idea, even if you don't want to take pills, because then you would know what foods to bump up in your diet.
Also, some little tricks I had from before:
Drink ICE cold water (is there a freezer at work you could put an ice cube tray in?) or just suck ice cubes.
Is your workplace warm? Cooling the room down a bit so I'm just at the stage where I almost want to add another layer helps keep me awake.
I also mouth the vowels - pulling my mouth as far into the stretch as possible (you may want to go into the bathroom for this!) to really limber up my face. It really does liven you up a bit! It doesn't have to be the vowels they just give you a good range of movement. You want real clown faces, and to hold it for several seconds in each one. I know that sounds really stupid but when I'm stuck at the computer it helps!
Obviously those little tricks don't help chronic conditions, but for daily energy slumps they certainly help me (potentially just because I look like such a loon sucking ice cubes and pulling faces that I'm too embarrassed to be tired!!)