While many people suffer from small changes in their body every day, few realize that changing
sleep patterns, increased trips to the bathroom, and shifts in eyesight, hearing, and hair growth
may indicate a larger problem.
These small transformations during your daily activities might not seem significant, but in fact,
your body may be trying to tell you something.
If you’re curious about these possible symptoms, read on to learn more about what they mean.
Changes in Sleep Patterns
Whether it’s insomnia or fatigue, if your sleep patterns change, pay attention.
If you can explain the change, such as staying up to sooth a new baby, adjusting for a change in
time zone, or dealing with new medication, then these are probably not significant symptoms.
Unfortunately, if you can’t trace the source of your new sleep patterns, this may be a sign of stress,
anxiety, depression, arthritis, or even asthma.
Whether you’re dealing with sinus allergies or stress from work, meditation and deep breathing
exercises before bed can help.
If not, it’s time to discuss your problems with a doctor to rule out other ailments.
Some serious issues that cause fatigue include a thyroid imbalance, diabetes, emphysema, anemia,
and kidney disease.
Most of these are easy to test for, so ask your doctor for help.
Changing Bathroom Trips
Whether you’re constipated or suffering from ongoing diarrhea, if you’re experiencing new bowel
habits, it’s worth trying to figure out why.
Today, many doctors ask bowel related questions as part of their routine intake process, so they
may already have some idea of what is causing your symptoms.
An occasional, temporary change in bowel activity due to food or travel is normal, but if you have
an ongoing problem that is interfering with your daily life, figuring out the root cause is crucial.
Your bathroom habits are a significant sign of your body’s health.
Constipation, for example, can be a sign of diabetes or an overactive parathyroid gland.
Diarrhea could be a sign of a virus or a more serious gastrointestinal disorder, like celiac disease
or irritable bowel syndrome.
Changes in Sight
A change in eyesight can be a natural part of aging.
Around 40, most people start to need a little help for close range reading, like examining a menu
or looking at their cell phone.
Sudden, dramatic changes in vision, though, are not normal and could be a sign of high blood pressure.
Changes in Hearing
While this, too, is an expected part of aging, losing your hearing at a rapid pace is much different than
the gradual loss most people experience.
The problem could be a simple as excess ear wax, but be aware of measles, mumps, and meningitis,
as all of these cause hearing loss.
Sudden deafness is also a problem many people experience.
Often, they notice they can no longer hear from one of their ears.
They might assume it’s caused by earwax, allergies, or a recent trip to the pool, but it may actually
be a case of sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL)—a much more serious condition.
Changes in Hair
Both women and men experience hair loss as they age.
If you have a family history of hair loss or balding, then you probably don’t need to look any farther
than your grandfather or your great aunt to see why your mane isn’t as lustrous as it once was.
If, however, your people go to the grave with enviable full heads of hair, then you might start looking
at the medical causes of hair loss, like a hormone imbalance or polycystic ovary syndrome.
Even some skin conditions, like psoriasis can cause hair loss.
The sooner you discover and treat the cause, the more likely you are to limit the hair loss.
Listen to Your Body
You may be experiencing strange symptoms other than the ones listed above.
If you’re concerned about these recent changes, then it’s probably time to investigate their cause.
Talk to a doctor, visit a therapist, or look into alternative healing methods, like massage and
You may even want to check out a regenerative medicine clinic, for integrated healing with
medical doctors and herbalists.
“While many people suffer from small changes
in their body every day, few realize that changing
sleep patterns, increased trips to the bathroom,
and shifts in eyesight, hearing, and hair growth
may indicate a larger problem.”
Discover what your body is trying to tell you.
About the Author
Carl Turner is a general physician and a freelance health writer from Los Angeles, California. With over 20 years of experience in the health industry, he has helped to treat countless patients with a holistic approach. When he is not busy at work, he loves to write informative articles.
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