Eight Signs That Your Body Is Unhappy
You wouldn’t juggle sea urchins and you wouldn’t fry bacon while naked. You wouldn’t wear a toupee in a tornado either – yet you’re probably doing something equally as risky… but on which your very life depends. Let us explain.
Our bodies have clever ways of letting us know when things are going pear shaped – yet many of us ignore these warning signs – at our peril.
Here are the eight ways in which your body tries to signal that all is not well. We’d like you to be aware of these so you can be here for a long time – not just for a good time!
People with insomnia have difficulty not only in falling asleep but often in staying asleep too. Eight is the magic number of hours we all need in order to wake up rested and functioning well. If we don’t get enough sleep for more than just a few days however, life becomes grim. Grim like… an old gypsy woman prophecy grim.
The complications of insomnia can include:
- Stopping to think and then forgetting to start again
- Putting your keys in the fridge
- Okay not quite – but seriously…
- Impaired performance on the job and / or with study
- Slower reaction time while driving
- Mental health disorders, such as depression, anxiety disorders and even substance abuse
- Increased risk and severity of diseases / conditions such as heart disease and high blood pressure
Make it a priority to fix any irregularities in your sleeping. See your GP if, despite your best efforts, your sleeplessness continues. More on why sleep loves your body is here
Public Health Officials warn that more Australians are overweight or obese than ever before. To make matters worse, the arrow on that graph is pointing North and those numbers are steadily growing. Around 70% of men and 55% of women are carrying too much body fat and a quarter of Australian children are overweight or obese, too.
If you are obese, you have a higher risk for gallstones, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and triglycerides, coronary artery disease, a stroke and sleep apnoea – to name but a few.
There are no shortcuts. There are no special foods, shakes or magical ways to combine foods that melt excess body fat. Reducing your weight is all about making small, achievable changes to your lifestyle. Simply put, you need to change the way you eat and increase your physical activity. Your GP can put in place a Care Plan for you that will give you access to professionals such as dieticians that will help on your weight-loss journey. Easy ways to keep your weight in check are here
Let us preface this by saying that you should always seek emergency care immediately if you think you’re having a heart attack. That said, chest pain is pretty common. It accounts for approximately 1% of GP visits, 5% of Accident and Emergency Department visits and 40% of emergency hospital admissions.
There is cardiac and non-cardiac chest pain. Therefore, pain in this area doesn’t necessarily herald a heart attack; it could also be due to issues in your lungs, oesophagus, muscle tissue, ribs or nerves, for instance. This is no less important however because some of these issues could be serious and life threatening too. Needless to say – if you have unexplained chest pain, call an ambulance or have a doctor evaluate this for you.
Rapid Heart Rate
From the Greek words for ‘Quick’ and ‘Heart’, Tachycardia describes a heart rate of more than 100 beats per minute – which exceeds the normal resting rate. You seen this happen in cartoons all the time – remember how Pepe le Pew’s heart used to beat outside his chest every time he caught sight of Penelope Pussycat? Unfortunately for Pepes everywhere, at these elevated rates, the heart is not able to efficiently pump oxygen-rich blood to your body.
Heart-related conditions such as high blood pressure can bring on Tachycardia. It can also be due to a poor blood supply to the heart muscle due to coronary artery disease. It could be due to heart valve disease as well – the list goes on. An electrocardiogram (ECG) is used to classify the type of tachycardia you might have and your medical professionals will be able to implement a treatment plan.
Aches, Pains and Muscle Tightness
Aches and pains are part of life. They usually affect the structures that allow you to move – therefore your bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons. Musculoskeletal pain can be caused by injury, repetitive movements, bad posture, overuse or just good old fashioned wear and tear.
Body aches are a common symptom of many conditions so it’s best to think aloud with your GP to ensure nothing sinister is going on. Once the sinister has been eliminated – lucky for you – there is massage!
Massage helps to ease pain in many ways – for example, it increases blood flow to sore, stiff joints and muscles, which are warmed and healed by the extra circulation. Research has also shown that massage can lower the body’s production of the neurotransmitter substance P, often linked to pain. Regular massages will certainly help you to relax and feel physically and psychologically better overall. A list of all the ways massage helps each system in your body is here
A panic attack is a sudden surge of overwhelming anxiety and fear. Your heart pounds and you can’t breathe. If you’re unsure whether you have ever had a panic attack or not – then you haven’t. It’s like sneezing; you either sneeze – or you don’t – there is no in-between.
Left untreated, panic attacks can lead to panic disorder and other problems which may include anxiety and depression too. While you are receiving treatment for Panic Attacks, massage can certainly help.
Research has shown that massage can lower the body’s production of the stress hormone cortisol and boost production of serotonin, which, in turn, can improve mood. Additionally, massage calms you – it lowers the heart rate, respiratory rate and blood pressure. It boosts the immune system and generally decreases the physical effects of panic and stress. More tips on how to manage anxiety
Compromised Immune System
Like the apple a day – immunity refers to the body’s ability to keep the doctor away. If you have a strong immune system, then your body is able to fight illness and remain healthy. If you are often sick however and easily contract the flu and any other virus that is going around, it is possible that your immune system is compromised. Get yourself checked out by your GP and remember that the best way to protect your immune system is to adopt a healthy lifestyle.
Nausea and Dizziness
Yes, you could be drunk – but if you feel dizzy and nauseous when you’re not dancing on a bar and spinning your bra around like a cowboy’s lasso – then you need to get to the bottom of the cause.
Causes, unfortunately, can be many – which is why we have lovely, clever people in white lab coats that spend many years studying how to fix their fellow human beings. You could be feeling dizzy and nauseous due to many things; from an inner ear inflammation and dehydration to low blood sugar and much more. Visit your lovely, clever person in a white lab coat to get a diagnosis and continue to be well.