Do you go through your days feeling like you could drop off to sleep at any time? Or maybe you just struggle to get going each morning and never really feel like you’ve got the energy you used to have.
Fatigue can suck the joy out of life and make you feel guilty for things like missing out on time with your kids or having to cancel plans with friends. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
If you can figure out what is that’s making you tired all the time, then there’s a chance you can treat it. Keep reading to discover 10 possible reasons for your tiredness.
It may be beneficial to take stock of your lifestyle. Sometimes, fatigue can creep in if you’re burning the candle at both ends as your body isn’t getting the chance to recover.
At the other end of the scale, living a sedentary lifestyle can cause you to feel exhausted due to the lack of energy-bringing hormones that come from exercise.
If you’re not used to exercising, start small with something like a daily walk or jog each day. You may not feel like you have the energy for it, but once you get going you’ll find that your body will begin to respond positively.
With the health and nutrition industry really picking up over the last decade, most people are now aware of how diet affects a lot more than weight. Overall wellbeing and mental health can be greatly impacted by what you eat.
Take a look at your diet—do some reading into foods that help and hinder energy levels. Be honest with yourself and think about things that you eat that may be making you feel fatigued.
Get in touch today to find out about ways you can support and supplement any dietary changes you choose to make.
Fatigue is a symptom of a number of illnesses, a few of which we’ll look at. One such illness is diabetes.
This is a condition whereby your body doesn’t produce enough insulin. The result of this is that you will have high blood sugar, which can cause fatigue and loss of focus.
Thankfully, awareness about depression has been improving in recent years and the stigma is being removed. If you feel depressed, seek help from your doctor and look into treatment options.
Depression can leave you feeling tired, worn out, and even unwilling to get out of bed. Treating depression could solve issues with fatigue.
Anemia is a condition where your blood struggles to carry oxygen around the body. The most common form of anemia comes from an iron deficiency. Symptoms of low iron are dizziness when standing up, heart palpitations, and, you guessed it, fatigue.
If you have some of these symptoms, you may be anemic—speak to your doctor about treatments.
It may seem strange that mental conditions could affect physical health, but stress can leave your body tired out as well as your brain.
Have a think about whether you may be stressed. Maybe you let work get to you, or family issues are causing you to overthink. These kinds of things can cause your body to respond negatively.
Finding ways to relieve stress can help and may alleviate your fatigue.
If you’re taking medication for any existing conditions, it might be worth looking at the label. Sometimes, medications will list fatigue as a possible side-effect. If this is the case, speak to your doctor about alternative medications.
It’s up to you to weigh up the benefits of the medication against the fatigue it causes. Sometimes a reduced dose is a good compromise.
8. Sleep Disorders
It may seem obvious to suggest that a lack of sleep is a cause of tiredness, but sometimes, disorders like sleep apnea can go unnoticed.
Sleep apnea is when your breathing pauses while you are asleep. This may go undetected unless a partner or family member notices it, but it can be a dangerous condition leading to a number of other health complications.
It also prevents your body from receiving sufficient oxygen to restore your energy levels while you are asleep, leaving you feeling tired the next day even if you feel like you slept well.
if you’re struggling to find the cause of your tiredness, consider getting a sleep tracker to look for any red flags while you sleep.
While tiredness may not be the first noticeable symptom of pregnancy, for those who are not intentionally seeking to get pregnant, it can be a reason for tiredness that may not come into consideration.
The body is working incredibly hard in all stages of pregnancy, and hormones are changing and fluctuating all the time. This can cause you to feel tired, even exhausted as your body works overtime to grow the new life inside of you.
Tiredness in later-stage pregnancy is also to be expected as sleep can be disturbed by the discomfort caused by the baby bump, or the baby itself kicking!
10. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
If you feel like you’ve eliminated most of the items in this article as possible causes of your constant tiredness, it might be worth considering if you suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome.
This condition is also known as CFS or ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) and the cause is unfortunately not fully understood. There is also no clear way of testing, rather a process of elimination of other conditions often leads to a diagnosis of CFS/ME.
If your fatigue is unrelenting and nothing seems to help, talk to your doctor about investigating whether you may suffer from CFS.
Could One Of These Be Why You’re Tired All the Time?
The hardest part of treating an issue is often establishing the cause, so you’ve taken a big step in the right direction once you’ve discovered why you are tired all the time.
The next step would be to have your suspicions confirmed by a medical professional and investigate how you might treat the problem. It may be something as simple as a lifestyle or dietary change.
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