Health & Medical Sleep Disorders

Low Blood Pressure and Fatigue - They Are More Closely Related Than You Think!

The diagnosis of any disease condition is done with the help of symptoms that the patient shows.
But at times it also happens that symptoms are same but the disease conditions may differ.
For instance, if you go to the doctor because you are feeling tired most of the time and suffering from occasional bouts of depression, chances are that you have low blood pressure also.
In fact, fatigue often gets confused with low pressure as the symptoms for both the conditions are same.
Therefore when you are diagnosed with low blood pressure fatigue you know that these two conditions are closely related.
Though it is yet to be proved scientifically, people commonly believe that pressure below the normal range of 120/80 can result in fatigue.
Fatigue incidentally can be the fallout of other conditions like sleep apnea where the patient probably has not had a good night's sleep for nights on end.
Again, sleep apnea is closely related to being overweight.
Research has showed us that people who suffer from perennial low pressure usually weigh less and maybe have a short body frame.
Such individuals may or may not suffer from fatigue or weakness.
Low blood pressure fatigue is sometimes noticed during daytime as the pressure fluctuates according to the activity level of the individual.
However such fluctuations cannot be categorized under 'low blood pressure'; as only when the individual consistently has low pressure readings does the doctor treat the condition as such.
But fatigue, listlessness and depression are perhaps the most commonly visible symptoms of such an individual.
Low blood pressure fatigue is also closely associated with the functioning of the adrenal glands, located on top of each kidney.
These glands release a specific type of hormone that helps us to deal effectively with the normal stresses of everyday life.
Interestingly, proper functioning of the adrenal glands can result in deep restorative sleep! This is the reason why doctors check the adrenal glands when they diagnose sleep apnea.
The release of hormones from these glands is also responsible for overcoming hypothyroidism or sub-optimal performance of the thyroid.
There is a condition called adrenal fatigue, which results in a host of disorders including low blood pressure fatigue, reduced blood sugar levels, dizziness when standing up, depression, low alertness, loss of scalp hair, reduced metabolic rate and many more.
The other reason for low blood pressure fatigue is when circadian rhythm (sleep-wake timing) is altered.
This is the reason, you feel tired when traveling through different time zones, and changes in working shift times or if there is any change in bed times.
Therefore, it is imperative to keep your sleeping habits in order if you want your adrenal glands to remain healthy as well.

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