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Causes of fatigue

Insufficient sleep

Sleep is an essential function of life. We need this period of physical rest and rehabilitation of the nervous system. Poorly rested brains are constantly recharged and after a while work less efficiently. We work slower and end the day with a to-do list. We are too tired to sleep and end up in a vicious circle. Try working on your sleep hygiene to break this cycle.

Stress

Work pressures and their associated stress have become a daily element. This is the result of several causes that accumulate:
  • bad atmosphere in the workplace
  • intimidation by superiors
  • result-oriented work and staff reductions
  • wasted lunch
  • noise pollution
  • long commutes and late arrivals home
  • household obligations

This constant pressure that gives the impression that you never finish anything, that your time is being stolen, gives you stress. This stress gives continuous pressure on the nervous system, which eventually results in fatigue.

Overloaded muscles

For power athletes, but also athletes in general and manual workers, the muscles are often overloaded for a long time. The accumulation of lactic acid in the muscle can acidify the whole body. This manifests itself in stressfatigue.

Sugar problem

If we eat foods with fast sugars, glucose levels in the blood will rise very quickly. Insulin is secreted by the pancreas and lowers blood sugar levels by storing glycogen in the liver. When this store is full, glucose will be converted to fat. This spike in blood sugar - and the subsequent glucose drop - makes you feel exhausted. Craving quick energy, you instinctively reach for another serving of refined carbohydrates, which can lead to a vicious cycle. As a source of energy, choose carbohydrates with slow sugars.

Deshydration

Drinking enough is important. Fluid is an important co-factor in the transport of our nutrients. On a daily basis we lose fluid through urine, respiration and sweating. Even mild dehydration can reduce energy levels and alertness. Make sure you drink enough to replace lost fluids during the day.
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