Why Am I So Tired?
Fatigue. In Chinese Medicine we refer to this as Qi (vital energy) deficiency. Qi is cultivated by the air that we breathe, the food that we eat and ultimately the healing power of sleep.
It's probably one of the most common complaints that we get from patients in our clinical practice. Why am I so tired?
Gosh, there are so many elements to this. We could look at it from a lifestyle perspective or a pathological (dis-ease) perspective. Nevertheless, there are a few things we always say to our patients to help them cultivate their Qi. Here are a few that we suggest:
Nourish your body with beautiful Qi building foods. Bone Broth is probably the most accessible and easy to use (our personal favourite is the Chicken Miso Ramen flavour powdered broth from Nutra Organics). Of course you can prepare this yourself at home but either way, we love it as a cup in the morning or afternoon like you would a cup of tea.
Adjust your sleep routine. Maybe bring your bedtime forward an hour. If you go to sleep at 10pm, try for 9 or 9.30pm. It seems so simple but sleep is so important in cultivating Qi. Perhaps a magnesium supplement or a sleepy hot chocolate (we would recommend Naked Harvest or Jeuneora as two brands we just love) before bed to relax your nervous system.
In support of the great sleep routine we recommend screens off two hours before bed. Devices away, grab a book, do some drawing, sit with a puzzle, make music. A quiet Yin (slow, night-time) activity instead of your brain being stimulated by the blue light of your screen. Again, this helps settle your nervous system and prepare you for rest.
Breathwork. This can be as simple as ten slow, deep breaths whilst standing with your feet on the grass or taking part in a breathwork/meditation class. Settling your nervous system and energising your body is so effective with just using your beautiful breath.
Acupuncture! We use our fine needles to stimulate the points that build Qi and nourish the body. We give you space to rest and to build that energy cup right back up.
Of course these are only a few little tips. Please do let us know if you have any further questions about this. We're always here to help.