Are you exhausted – like, all the damn time? Low energy levels from time to time is one thing, but when it’s your permanent state, we need to look at why.
There are countless potential factors that could cause fatigue. But in my experience, there are 8 big ones that you need to watch out for.
8 Reasons You Have Low Energy Levels
Your hormones are out of whack
No surprise that this is the #1 reason I see women who have non-existent energy levels! If you’re in your 40s or even late 30s, this is likely the effect of the perimenopausal rollercoaster. The constantly fluctuating hormones mean that some days you’re fine, and others you take 20 minutes just to roll out of bed!
And if that wasn’t enough? These hormonal changes can throw off the balance of other hormones. One imbalance that tends to cause chronic fatigue is insulin resistance – you can learn more about it here.
The good news? You don’t have to suffer through the rollercoaster and its many side effects (low energy levels, mood swings, weight gain, shall I continue?) Learn more about what you can do here.
Your thyroid has checked out
Another common hormone imbalance that tends to strike in your 40s? Low thyroid hormones – typically caused by the autoimmune disease, Hashimoto’s. Hashimoto’s is most commonly seen in those aged 30-50, and women are far more prone to it.
Wondering if your thyroid might be to blame for your exhaustion and other symptoms? I’ve covered this in more detail right here.
You’re low in key nutrients
Almost every nutrient the human body needs contributes to energy in one way or another. But there are a few key nutrients that we know are essential for support low energy levels. They include:
- Vitamin B12 (along with other B vitamins)
- Vitamin D
So if it’s been a while since your last blood test, this is your reminder!
Yes, sometimes it is really that simple! As little as 1-2% dehydration can have massive impacts on how you function and feel, including poor concentration, impaired memory, fatigue and brain fog.
So if you’re suffering from low energy levels – start with a big glass of filtered water. It won’t hurt, and it might just help! If you prefer some flavour with your hydration, you can have some herbal tea.
You’re getting zero downtime
Are you always busy, always overwhelmed, always rushing from one task to the next? I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but your stress levels are peaking and it’s sapping your energy!
The problem is that this can be a vicious cycle. You reach for coffee to wake you up, alcohol to wind you down, quick yummy foods for a hit of energy. But these add extra stress to the body, and you end up even more exhausted.
Chronic stress and its end product, burnout, are your worst enemy when it comes to energy. I dive into more detail about why right here.
Your sleep quality is AWOL
Now it’s one thing to not have enough hours of sleep – and I’m sure you would already know if that’s the case. But another lesser-known cause of fatigue is poor sleep quality.
- Taking ages to fall asleep
- Waking frequently in the night
- Being unable to fall back asleep if you are woken
- Feeling sleepy in the morning (no matter how much rest you’ve had)
- Only having ‘light’ sleep that leaves you feeling unrested
And of course, for those of us going through perimenopause, a common symptom is perimenopausal insomnia (like we don’t have enough going on!)
Unfortunately, poor sleep – be it quality or quantity – has some serious health effects. Learn more about why you want to get a good night sleep here.
Your body is inflamed
This one can get a little bit technical, so bear with me. As you likely know, chronic inflammation is a big driver of many health concerns. And unfortunately, it can be a silent issue – you may not even realise you’re inflamed!
But research is now finding that inflammation can be a direct cause of fatigue. It also feeds into the other causes of low energy levels. The longer it goes on, the more nutrients your body uses up in the inflammatory processes, the more your thyroid struggles, the bigger the imbalance in hormones, the worse your sleep becomes… you get the idea.
You’re putting yourself last
Have a think – when was the last time that you were at the top of the list, above partner, kids, friends, family, work? I bet it’s been a while.
To be honest, I thought as my kids got older, I would be like the Energizer Bunny each day. But as I moved into my early 40s, the opposite was happening!
I’d wake up feeling like an old woman. Every morning, I was stiff, sore, & more tired than when I went to bed. And I know I’m not alone, because most of the women I talk to on my free Discovery Calls tell me a similar tale.
But there’s something important here that you need to know. You can be in your 40s, in perimenopause (or menopause) AND have energy. You aren’t old & while these symptoms are COMMON, they do NOT have to be your NORMAL!
So now it’s time to put your health at the top of the list – because you end up being a better mum, lover, daughter, sister, friend and employee when you do.
ARE YOU SO EXHAUSTED THAT YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW WHERE TO START?
I get it – if you’re feeling drained 24/7, the last thing you need is more to-dos on your list. That’s why I’m here to help you ditch the struggle and rediscover your energy (even when life gets chaotic!)
The best part is that you only need to do one thing – book in for a free discovery call today, and we can explore how I can help you to support and nourish yourself – mind, body and spirit.