Tired types simply have less energy than most of their friends and colleagues, which may be a relatively recent thing, or something they’ve had for most of their life. Some people have never been exactly full of energy, yet most ‘tired’ types were fine until they reached their teens or 20’s, but they’ve become less energetic since then.
Our energy levels are connected to the constitution we inherit from parents, our diet and lifestyle as well as major life events, and these combine to determine the aging process and how quickly the energy reserves (that are important for fertility) are used up. Tiredness develops in different ways, and a common one is through a weak digestion (getting an energy dip before or after food, possibly craving something sweet or stodgy often indicates this). The pancreas which releases insulin to control blood sugar levels is also important for digesting food (it releases enzymes into the gut to break it down), and when the pancreas is tired it struggles to control blood sugar levels and this can lead to hyperinsulinaemia or Type II diabetes. These are often associated with polycystic ovary syndrome and luteal phase deficiency, which are major causes of female infertility.
A different type of ‘tiredness’ is more associated with the kidneys, and in Chinese medicine the kidneys are connected to storing long-term energy, they ‘control’ the lower abdomen and are directly related to fertility. Signs of tired kidneys include a weak bladder (and lower sperm counts and erectile problems for men), puberty that arrives a bit late and women can get erratic ovulation and relatively low ovarian reserves.
‘Tired’ type women who fertility chart may see relatively small changes in temperature across irregular or slightly long cycles and their periods may be light periods with pale watery blood, sometimes with spotting before or after the period. If they get period pain it’s usually dull and feels better for massage or warmth. Having enough energy is essential for baby-making, keeping a baby and for the baby’s long-term health, and this makes it particularly important for ‘tired’ types to look after themselves both before and during a pregnancy.
Lifestyle, diet, tests and treatments for tired types
The crucial thing for ‘tired’ types is increasing their energy and not getting more tired than they already are. The two main causes of ‘tiredness’ are