ARE YOU SICK AND TIRED OF BEING SICK AND TIRED?
Are you tired all the time? Do you fall into bed at the end of the day and, despite getting a full night’s sleep, still wake up feeling unrefreshed and fatigued? If you do not jump out of bed every morning with a spring in your step, you may be suffering from fatigue.
Most people today are living extremely stressful, busy lives, so it is normal to experience tiredness some of the time. This tiredness generally resolves itself after some rest and relaxation. Increasingly though, persistent, unremitting tiredness is becoming a major problem for a number of people. Fatigue is a common presenting complaint of many Australians and New Zealanders, but it is also often misunderstood and at times even dismissed, particularly if there is no easily identifiable cause.
Natural Therapies can be very effective at finding the causes of fatigue and improving energy levels.
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SPENT™ Syndrome is the new name for modern exhaustion!
First described by Dr Frank Lipton, SPENT™ syndrome describes how modern living can take its toll on our bodies. SPENT™ syndrome is the result of eating the wrong foods, not getting enough sleep, under-exercising, toxic exposure and excessive emotional stress. How to know if you are SPENT™:
- Are you overwhelmed?
- It is present in the absence of a stress or?
- Do you often feel exhausted?
- Can’t lose weight no matter what you do and don’t eat?
- Can’t sleep even though you desperately need it?
- Feeling older than your years?
If you answered “Yes” to one or more of these questions, you may be SPENT™! To learn more, check out the questionnaire on www.spentmd.com.
Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is exhausting.
Affecting 24% of middle-aged men and 9% of middle-aged women,1 OSA is characterised by snoring that halts for 15-90 seconds as airflow ceases, followed by micro-arousal and gasping in response to hypoxia. This cycle can be repeated 200-400 times during a six hour sleep!2 OSA is associated with daytime sleepiness and fatigue, elevated blood pressure, obesity, insulin resistance and inflammation. If your patient has sleep apnoea, addressing this devastating sleep condition can significantly improve their health.
Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a significant cause of fatigue.
A study that assessed SIBO in test subjects, found that 84% of irritable bowel syndrome sufferers, 77% of chronic fatigue patients and 100% of fibromyalgia (FM) sufferers had this small bowel dysbiotic overgrowth.3 A further study of FM patients revealed that eradication of SIBO significantly improved pain scores, abdominal bloating, gas, constipation,diarrhoea, joint pain and fatigue.4
- Young T et al. The occurrence of sleep-disordered breathing among middle aged adults. N Eng J Med 1993;328(17):1230-1235.
- Phillipson EA. Sleep apnoea – a major public health problem. N Engl J Med. 1993;328(17):1271-1273.
- Pimental M et al. A link between irritable bowel syndrome and fibromyalgia may be related to findings on lactulose breath testing. Ann Rheum Dis. 2004;63(4):450-452.
- Wallace DJ, Hallegua DS. Fibromyalgia: the gastrointestinal link. Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2004;8(5):364-368.