What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a condition in which a person feels like they are always tired and they cannot do the things that they normally would. Everyday tasks that used to be easy now become a tedious, difficult hassle.
Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
The symptoms of this disease are typically a person feeling tired for six months continually, having trouble sleeping and feeling rested after sleep, trouble with memory and focus, and also frequent headaches and muscle aches.
Diagnosing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Doctors only diagnose a patient with CFS if the reasons of feeling tired are not caused from other conditions. There are no tests that can be performed to diagnose CFS. A doctor may ask a series of questions in order to rule out other causes of chronic fatigue for the most accurate diagnosis.
Fight Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
The symptoms of this disease can be lessened in a number of different ways by changing regular things that are done.
#1: Change your daily routine. Keep track of when you feel like you have the most energy and are able to get the most done. If there is something important you want to accomplish one day, make sure to do it at this time. Make notes of when you notice a peak in energy and exhaustion; see if there is a correlation.
#2: Develop better sleep habits. If your body feels tired at the same time each night but you do not go to bed, try going to bed at that time. Putting yourself on a schedule may be helpful. Once you determine the best time for going to bed, always go to bed at that time and always wake up at the same time. This can help get your body on a regular schedule. Avoid things that may keep you awake before going to bed, like caffeine or alcohol. Make sure your surroundings are comfortable while sleeping, the room is dark, no distractions and bedding is supportive. Take a nap when most needed, but not too long or too late in the day.
#3: Include exercise in your daily activities. Exercise can naturally boost energy. Moderate or light exercise is ideal. It can help invigorate the body and mind. Be sure to not exercise too much or too hard, as it may add to tiredness. Yoga is a great exercise to improve the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. The use of meditation while gently stretching the muscles can be very relaxing and rewarding.
#4: Have a healthy diet. By eating certain foods that are packed with vitamins and nutrients, such as fruits and vegetables, it can help energy levels. Those foods can also naturally boost the amount of energy you have by including them in daily meals. It is important that enough (but not too many) calories are consumed daily. Not enough or too many calories can leave you feeling less energized. Your body uses food as its fuel and not having enough will make you feel tired because the body is requiring more to run. Sometimes eating too much will also leave you feeling like you have less energy because the feeling of being full or too full makes people feel drowsy.
What to Remember
There are many steps to take to fight chronic fatigue syndrome. Every action that you take throughout the day may contribute to feelings of fatigue. By changing things like daily schedule, improving sleep habits, exercising frequently and eating healthy, you can improve the feelings of fatigue. It is also helpful to make a record of what makes you feel better or worse. There is only a cure for the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and not the disease itself, but it is important to lessen its overall effects.
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