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ARE YOU EXHAUSTED?

May 8th, 2010 · No Comments · Social Commentary

Sometime soon I’m going to try an experiment… not using my cell phone for a week and see if I feel better. Which will be the subject of an upcoming post.

Today I was in the park with wife and kids (boy that sounds weird). So we’re sitting on a bench having some lunch and we noticed what we thought was dust everywhere – sort of ruining my eating experience. But it wasn’t dust, it was POLLEN. The air was literally so thick with it it looked like dust in the wind.

Which makes sense because I’ve been suffering with allergies more this past week more than I ever have. Tired, symptoms similar to a cold, I’ve never had it like this.

Here are some points from a report I saw on CBS news the other night that are going to be of interest to you if you feel like I seem to feel like increasing fashion.

“You’re not alone. Sleep experts say 20 percent of Americans feel so tired on a regular basis that it interferes with their daily lives. The usual culprits are everything from a poor diet and too much caffeine to inactivity and stress.

NOTE: I only have 1 cup a day – my diet is pretty good at night because my wife cooks. During the day… eh.

“I was getting pretty much six to eight hours on a daily basis,” said Nadine Blair of Brooklyn.

Despite getting plenty of rest, Blair said she was tired all the time — and getting really tired of it.

“I woke up tired; I was tired on the train. By 2 p.m. I was extremely tired and then I found I was actually falling asleep on the commute back home,” Blair said.

NOTE: Not me. I’m getting about 5 to 6 hours – have a hard time falling asleep because I can’t shut my mind off and the smart phone makes it so I can (sometimes) send and respond to emails until 1:30 am, I wake up a few times during the night, and once I’m at work I’m a machine.” When I walk in the door – it’s like a downshift. And I want to be alive for my kids. So until 10 or so, it’s like I’m still going.

The exhaustion could be a result of a vitamin B12 deficient and severely anemic.

“When someone is anemic, the red blood cells are low, and when the red blood cells are low, there is less oxygenation and nutrition going to the rest of the body. Therefore the person feels tired,” Dr. Jessica Petilla said.

“Diabetes, congestive heart failure, thyroid disorders, kidney disease,” Dr. Petilla said.

NOTE: That’s not good – I have diabetes in my family.

As well as rheumatoid arthritis, depression and even certain food allergies.

NOTE: Did someone say depression?

“It becomes very difficult to maintain a stable performance over time,” Dr. Petilla said.

So here’s how you know if you have an underlying medical condition:

* If the tiredness persists for more than a month

* If it is interfering with your ability to concentrate, work or participate in family activities

* And if you are experiencing additional changes in the body

“Such as weight loss,

NOTE: None of the above – I wish I had the weight loss – at least then there’d be something positive…

fever or other signs that may give us a clue as to what’s going on,” Dr. Petilla said.

“I’m eating a lot more green leafy vegetables. I’m taking supplements,” Blair said.

NOTE: Supplements – plug for Pharma?

With a few dietary changes, Blair said she’s back and better than ever.

“A world of difference,” she said.

It may make sense to give yourself about two to three weeks to make some lifestyle changes, including eating better, drinking more fluids and even taking a multivitamin. If you’re still feeling the symptoms of fatigue see your doctor to get to the bottom of why you’re still dragging.”

NOTE: Okay Okay, eating better and exercise. How about I just throw out my damn Cell Phone?

Here’s the Foo Fighters with “EXHAUSTED”.

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