The Real Reasons You're Tired All the Time and What To Do About It

Feeling sluggish, overwhelmed and constantly in need of a caffeine fix? Find out how to fix what's burning you out (11 Photos)

Brenda Kearns on Feb 24, 2012 at 1:43PM

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The Real Reasons You're Tired All the Time and What To Do About It

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Energy Stealer: Adrenal Fatigue

Your adrenals, which are triangular-shaped glands at the top of your kidneys, produce the hormones that help your body respond to (and weather) lots of day-to-day bedlam. But chronic stress overloads can tax these delicate glands, hindering their production of energizing hormones such as adrenaline.

Common Tip-Offs: Daily bouts of fatigue, combined with stress-triggered anxiety, edginess and trouble unwinding, say UCLA researchers

Rx: Enjoy DIY massages. To cut your symptoms in half within one week, treat yourself to two five-minute foot massages daily -- one in the morning and one in the evening. Your feet contain hundreds of pressure-sensitive nerve endings, and massaging them daily increases energy levels for 81 percent of women -- by relaxing the central nervous system so that overworked adrenal glands can rest and heal, say researchers at the University of Miami, FL. Use a firm but gentle kneading motion, and remember to massage the backs of your heels and the webbing between your toes -- these often-missed spots are rich in relaxing pressure points. You can also try massaging your temples and then your earlobes -- a minute each, two times a day, suggests Marcelle Pick, MSN, OB/GYN NP in her book, Are You Tired and Wired?


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