Reasons You Are Always Tired: Tips from a Local Dentist

Posted on: August 29, 2016

DentistFatigue can lead to over indulgence of snacks and unhealthy foods, which in turn can lead you to more visits to the dentist. I believe in a holistic approach to dentistry, and this includes providing my patients with information about how they can improve their overall health and avoid frequent visits to the dentist office. One of the most common problems that Americans are facing today is chronic fatigue and general tiredness. The huge market for energy drinks and coffee is a testament to this reality. Most people believe that they are tired because they are not getting enough sleep, and this is often true. However, there are numerous other reasons that could explain why you are tired all the time that have nothing to do with the amount of sleep you get each night. If you find that you are getting enough sleep, but are still fatigued, these could be one of the reasons.

#1 Lack of protein.

The majority Americans think that they get sufficient amounts of protein in their diet. Protein has a direct impact on your muscle mass and hence your ability to simply do things. While 62% of people surveyed believed that they were getting enough protein in their diet, few understood how much they need to be getting to increase their strength, muscle power, and abilities. On average, an adult who weighs around 153lbs should aim to eat a minimum of 53 grams of protein each and every day. Research indicates that as you start to age this requirement can increase significantly, even doubling if you are fighting ill-health. Combined with cardio and strength training, consuming the right amount of protein is a critical step to feeling healthier, more rested, and more energized. As a dentist, I also recommend a diet with plenty of lean protein since this is good for your teeth.

#2 Sleep apnea.

It is now a well-documented fact that roughly 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. As a dentist, I believe, and the research confirms, that the number could be significantly higher. This is because while there are definite signs of sleep apnea with people who snore, a vastly overlooked group of the population actually snores silently. This silent snoring can very easily be a sign of sleep apnea but often goes undiagnosed for months or even years. Silent snoring occurs because the frequency at which a person is snoring is inaudible to the human ear. Other conditions can often point back to sleep apnea, and these include irritable bowel syndrome, migraine headaches, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and fatigue.

#3 Oversleeping.

Sleeping too much can also lead to fatigue. Many people will try to “catch up” on sleep, and often end up more tired when they wake up. This is because the body is designed to get a certain amount of sleep, so excessive sleeping will only work against high energy levels. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that if you are between the ages of 26 and 64, you should get between 7 and 9 hours of undisturbed rest each night. If you are over the age of 65, you are going to need between 7 and 8 hours of sleep and not more.

To discuss your oral health or to learn more about this study, call my office and schedule a consultation.

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