The secret of health preservation is first of all
sleep. It can regenerate the essence, improve health,
invigorate the spleen and stomach and strengthen
the bones and muscles. (Li Yu, Qing dynasty)
Tiredness is the most common symptom among patients visiting the clinic for the first time. Now the nights are longer and days are colder we naturally want to slow down, eat warmer foods and sleep for longer.
However for some people tiredness is inescapable no matter how much they sleep. Mark’s story is a familiar one for many people with chronic fatigue who struggle to find effective support that addresses the underlying issues for their fatigue. The help people need is very individual and specific to each person. In this video Mark talks about his discoveries on the way back to health.
There are things we can all do to reduce our tiredness during these darker months and work with our bodies as they naturally move at a slower pace –
- Cut out caffeine, sugars, refined carbohydrates, processed foods and stimulants. These force the adrenals into action.
- Take vitamins and fats. B12 is especially important for restoring the function of adrenals and is frequently deficient. Vitamin C is also important and can be found in vegetable juices, wheatgrass juice, rose hips, parsley, kiwi fruits, lycii berries and amla fruit (Phyllanthus emblica). Good sources of fats are flaxseeds, hemp seeds, avocado, coconut oil and butter.
- Work with the natural rhythms in the body and eat at the same time each day. There is a lot of focus on what we eat, but not enough on how and when we eat. Eating at erratic times of the day disturbs digestion and disrupts blood sugar levels putting extra stress on the body.
- Reduce the time you spend on the computer and watching TV, particularly at night. These are stimulating activities and can affect the quality of your sleep.
- Sleep it off. Studies have shown that people who sleep less are more likely to suffer from diabetes, obesity and other chronic disorders. Most people need eight hours’ sleep to be at their best, though many can only achieve six. Make sure you get the hours that you, as an individual, need. Establish a routine by going to bed and getting up at the same time each day.
- Make sure you sleep in a darkened room, which helps your brain produce the hormone ‘melatonin’. Use black out blinds if necessary. This supports deep regenerative sleep and the maintenance of a healthy weight and immune system.