You know that feeling. You cannot seem to catch up on your sleep, no matter how much you try. Every day activities make you feel completely exhausted by the end of the day. You wake up feeling tired, like you never slept, and you feel like you just want to stay in bed and avoid work and all the day's other activities. What you do not know is that you may be suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
According to http://www.webmd.com, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a feeling of devastating tiredness or exhaustion that does not improve with sleep or rest and has lasted at least six months. Symptoms come on suddenly or may develop over time. The most common symptoms may include:
- Sore throat
- Forgetfulness, memory loss, confusion, or difficulty concentrating
- Tender lymph nodes in the neck or armpits
- Muscle pain
- Joint pain without redness or swelling
- Headaches, which are different from any you have had in the past
- Feeling tired or not rested after a night's sleep
- Feeling unwell after physical activities or exercise
- Sensitivity to light, noise, alcohol, and certain foods
- Gastrointestinal symptoms, such as bloating or constipation
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome currently has no cure, but there are several lifestyle changes you can make to control your symptoms and outbreaks, including:
- Limiting caffeine, to help you sleep better and ease insomnia
- Limit alcohol and nicotine intake
- Avoid napping during the day
- Create a sleep routine, including going to bed at the same time every night
- Avoid emotional and physical stress
- Consider going to therapy
- Eat more grains (brown rice, barley, quinoa, and oatmeal), proteins (fish, meat, and eggs), fats (extra virgin olive oil), and fruits and vegetables
- Relax and do things you enjoy.
If you think you may have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or are experiencing some symptoms that have lasted more than six months, see your doctor or healthcare professional, as this illness is not easily recognized or diagnosed.