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Understanding factors that can contribute to fatigue

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Women often lament they’re overtired. There are ways to regain energy.

Women serve many roles each day. From mothers to employees to spouses, women must perform a balancing act that can lead to fatigue as a side effect. According to recent research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, women are more likely than men to say they're tired or even exhausted.

All of that running around certainly can contribute to fatigue, but other factors also can lead to tiredness. Getting to the root of fatigue can help women regain their energy levels.

Insufficient sleep

Women tend to multitask and use more of their brains than men, leading to a greater need for sleep, reports the National Sleep Foundation. Even though they may require more hours of shut-eye, many women are not getting the proper rest. In order to gain more energy, NSF recommends women get regular exercise, limit their caffeine and alcohol intake, improve their sleeping environments (i.e. a dark, cool room), and establish routine sleep and wake times to promote better chances of sleeping between seven and nine per night. The NSF also notes that women are more likely than men to experience insomnia. Women whose energy levels are dwindling due to sleeplessness should seek assistance from their physicians.

Stress

The Women's Health Network points out that constant stress or adrenal hormone imbalance can rob women of energy, leading to feelings of tiredness all the time.

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Finding successful methods of relieving stress can help women regain energy. Delegating work or asking for help is one way for women to lighten their workloads. Mindfulness and meditation may help calm overactive thoughts. Exercise also is a healthy way to relieve stress and can promote the release of feel-good endorphins.

Anemia

Anemia may be the culprit behind some women's sagging energy levels. The Mayo Clinic defines anemia as a condition in which the body does not have sufficient healthy red blood cells to carry enough oxygen to bodily tissues. Anemia may be mild or severe, temporary or chronic.

Treatment for anemia may be as simple as eating a healthy diet. Supplementation with iron or iron-rich foods may be recommended as well. Anemia also can be caused by hidden blood loss. That's why it's best to address anemia under the supervision of a doctor.

Lack of exercise

Although it may seem like exercise would tire a person out, the opposite is true. WebMD says studies consistently show that people who exercise regularly experience less fatigue than those who do not. The reasons are not completely understood, but it could be due to exercise helping the body to work more efficiently and pumping oxygen-rich blood where it is needed. Exercise can help with sleep issues, anxiety and depression, which also zap energy levels. To boost energy, exercise in the low- to medium-exertion range. Exercises to try include biking, walking, light resistance training, or even yoga.

Restoring energy levels can be easier once the source of fatigue is identified.