The women worn down by their exhausting lives who rely on caffeine and sugar to get by
23:32 GMT, 25 March 2012
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Two thirds of women are so ground down by life that they are constantly tired, an expert has claimed.
Trying to juggle the demands of being a wife, mother and career woman has left them permanently exhausted.
The ‘Spent Generation’, as these women have been labelled, rely too much on caffeine and sugar to get them through the day.
This ‘lifestyle disease’ will eventually endanger their health, says New York-based expert Dr Frank Lipman, who has written a book on the subject, Revive: End Exhaustion And Feel Great Again.
The book has been deemed ‘essential
reading’ by Gwyneth Paltrow in her newsletter, Goop.
Dr Lipman says that while Miss Paltrow ‘looks after herself’, there are many other women who do not.
‘Exhaustion has reached epidemic levels,’ he said.
‘When you get up you should feel refreshed, not knackered. A typical victim is ageing fast, puffy-eyed and bloated. She’s constantly tired yet her mind never stops racing.
‘Everything feels like a chore and she’s constantly distracted.
‘There is a whole generation of women who are feeling like this. They are a spent generation.’
Dr Lipman added that his findings would apply to the UK as well because women in the two countries face ‘similar pressures.
‘As Britain is a big and bustling place, I would imagine it is very similar to America so my findings would apply there too’.
A typical day for a woman in the Spent Generation begins before it gets
light when her alarm clock wakes her up, long before daybreak when her
body would normally rise.
She immediately needs a cup of coffee to get her going followed by a bagel or a muffin with more sugar.
After the initial high she will experience a trough and so will have to
keep ‘chasing the high’ with more caffeine and sugar during the day.
At night she will stay out too late or try to do too much at home and leave herself feeling shattered.
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Dr Lipman said that over time this becomes even more stressful as it
wears out her adrenal gland, otherwise known as her stress gland.
He added that there was ‘no question’ that more women are affected by this than because they have ‘more on their plates’.
He said: ‘Men don’t have to look after the kids but women have to be the
mother, they have to be they wife and the still have to co-ordinate
family life and be involved in it.
‘Women are trying to be everything to everyone – mother, wife, career woman. It’s a lot to deal with.
‘Men just struggle through things and push on until they die, like Japanese salarymen.
‘This is a problem that has been getting worse over the last decade due to the demands that are being placed on our lives.’
To solve the problem Dr Lipman recommends nothing less than complete
overhaul of your life and a return to the natural rhythm of your body.
One key purchase is a face mask so you are sleeping in total blackness. Blackout blinds are another good option too.
Take 15 minutes for lunch and don’t just eat at your computer, and get outside at least once a day by going for a walk.
A high-protein breakfast of kippers and eggs is next, along with orders to avoid sugar and caffeine.
Dr Lipman added: ‘Slow down. Try yoga and meditation. We are moving too quickly through our lives.’