No matter how much sleep I get, I wake up feeling exhausted. Lately I have been falling asleep before 11:00, which is very early for me, and normally sleep till 8:00 or 9:00, depending on when the baby wakes up.
One thing that I have tried and has made a big difference in my life is taking a supplement. I have noticed that when I miss my dosage, I feel the difference. You can read more about what I take here.
Supplements that are considered as part of the energy-boosting category can help those with fibromyalgia. These supplements contain B vitamins, D-ribose and magnesium. The B vitamins specifically assist in building energy molecules which are converted from food intake. It is recommended that instead of taking a B multi-vitamin, you take individual B vitamin supplements. This will ensure that you receive the 25-50 milligrams of each of the Bs each day. It is also recommended that the B-12 is taken at around 50 mcg (micrograms) daily. The human body uses what vitamins we need and discards the rest in urine. This may cause your urine to turn a bright yellow color. This is perfectly normal.
A change in diet may also assist in getting rid of the fatigue that fibromyalgia patients experience. Eating foods that are high in magnesium as well as a balanced diet can help with your fatigue. Some of these foods include: poultry, fish, meat, dairy products, eggs, whole grains, beans, green vegetables and peas. Make sure to check out “Fibromyalgia and your diet”.
It has been shown that low levels of magnesium can have an affect on sleep patterns which is another symptom suffered by as many as 80% of patients. Other studies have shown that low magnesium levels can actually be caused by sleep problems. Magnesium should be taken by women (19-30) at the 310 mg daily amount and 320 mg daily for women 31 years and older. Check out “Tips for better sleep with fibromyalgia”. You can take magnesium in supplement form but you can also increase your intake via food. Nuts such as peanuts, cashews and almonds are high in magnesium as well as other foods such as whole grains, legumes (peas and beans) and spinach as well as other green leafy vegetables.
Vitamin D is one of the major multipurpose vitamins needed by the body for a variety of reasons. Fibromyalgia patients are often found to have Vitamin D deficiencies. The body makes natural vitamin D when exposed to sunlight. Outdoor activities are often curtailed due to the pain that they cause. A blood test via your physician will be able to gauge if you are vitamin D deficient. You can also derive vitamin D from food sources such as salmon, milk, etc.
Essential fatty acids of Omega-3 will help to reduce inflammation. Omega-3 is easy to add to your diet through fish such as salmon, sardines and tuna, with about 3 oz, 3-4 times a week. In today’s age, many people have concerns about the mercury levels in fish, so you may opt for an Omega-3 supplement. Be sure to select a high quality fish oil supplement from a good health store.
Alternative options are also available. Yoga, meditation and acupuncture are three of the ancient wellness approaches. Each has a positive offering to assist in the body’s natural healing processes and encourage the cells to produce energy. There have been many patients that have achieved a success level with one or more of these approaches.
What do you to when you are exhausted and fatigued? I would love to hear your comments.