We all experience low energy from time to time, but prolonged fatigue or lack of energy can be an indication that something’s not quite right. As well as the reasons that can affect all of us, men can also have a unique set of reasons why they may experience fatigue for more than a few weeks at a time. Here we take a look at 5 of the most common causes of low energy in men.
1. Low testosterone
As with the decline in oestrogen in women, men gradually produce less testosterone as they age. Testosterone is important for several reasons, from bone density and muscle mass, to sex drive and motivation. A significant drop in testosterone levels can result in reduced sex drive, increased body fat, decreased motivation, and sleep problems like insomnia, which if left untreated, can result in chronic low energy, and mental and physical fatigue.
Treatment for low testosterone
A doctor can measure your testosterone levels and may prescribe testosterone replacement therapy if symptoms of low testosterone are severe.
Natural testosterone support
Some men may not be interested in hormone replacement therapy, and while it may not be possible to reverse low testosterone levels naturally, dietary changes and key nutrients such as zinc (think nuts and seeds, pumpkin seeds especially), can certainly lend support.
2. Thyroid issues
The thyroid gland produces hormones that control the way your body uses energy, and if it starts to fail, you can experience severe fatigue, as well as sensitivity to cold, weight gain and thinning hair. Whilst hypothyroidism, or low levels of thyroid hormone, is more common in women, it can also occur in men.
Hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid, can also cause fatigue due to a racing heart, high blood pressure, sleep troubles, and an overtaxed system.
Again, a simple blood test will confirm whether you have a thyroid problem.
3. Low mood
According to Counselling Directory one in eight men (12.5%) are diagnosed with a mental health illness, such as anxiety or depression, at any one time, although actual numbers could be much higher. Low mood and depression affect the body on a mental and a physical level and fatigue, is often a key feature of the problem. A.Vogel’s Hyperiforce can be used to treat mild anxiety and slightly low mood, and if you cannot take St John’s Wort, you could try Jan de Vries Mood Essence, a combination of flower essences that may give support when it is difficult to stay positive.
4. Trouble sleeping
Poor sleep on an ongoing basis will soon affect your energy levels. If you’re having trouble sleeping, take time to wind down before bedtime to enable your nervous system to shift into a pre-sleep pattern. Avoid screens for at least an hour before you turn in and go to bed at the same time each night. A natural sleep remedy can also help. Dormeasan® Sleep with fresh Valerian and Hops can help you get to sleep and also stay in the deeper stages of sleep for longer. It’s also non-addictive and fast-acting, and won't normally leave you feeling groggy in the morning.
5. Poor diet
A diet that is full of quick-release carbohydrates like white pasta and white bread, caffeinated drinks and sweets, can make you tired during the day. They might give you a quick sugar fix, but after a couple of hours that sudden spike of energy will drop, making you feel tired and sleepy, and it won’t be long before you’ll be craving that sweet fix again. Low GI, slow-release energy foods, such as wholegrains, nuts and seeds, and foods rich in protein, will keep you full for longer.