Many people who suffer with fatigue do not seek medical advice until their symptoms are severe, or additional problems arise. In the early stages, tiredness is blamed on a combination of life stresses, children, work, and the relentless pressures we put ourselves under in 21st century Britain. However, one of the earliest symptoms of both menopause in women and testosterone deficiency in men, is tiredness. This can precede changes in periods or erectile dysfunction by months or even years, and as such, symptoms are trivialised or ignored. Although thyroid disease is less common in men, it still remains a relatively prevalent condition with around 2% of all women in the U.K. being affected. An underactive thyroid makes our metabolisms slow down and reduces our energy or “get up and go”. Even nutritionally, vitamin D deficiency, B12, folic acid, and iron deficiencies can all result in a decline in energy, but if we do not consider these options, we cannot hope to cure them.
When it comes to psychology, our bodies often physically display the emotional stresses we are under in different ways. We may have trouble sleeping, be more prone to coughs and colds, eat more, or eat less, and may also become more tired. In those people suffering anxiety disorders, the constant, raised stress hormones and heightened neurological anxiety must be both psychologically and physically exhausting. This can be particularly hard as not only do sufferers have no energy, but also struggle with the sleep they know they need to help them improve.