Always feeling tired but aren’t sure why? You are certainty not alone, as countless other people continue to feel tired despite having enough sleep, with as many as one in five people feeling tired at any given time. Let’s take a closer look at 10 reasons you may feel tired all the time, and how you can fix it.
Lack of Sleep
We’ll start with the most obvious reason most people are tired all the time – a lack of good sleep. Sleeping is vital for restoring energy levels, so it’s important that you get a restful night’s sleep with minimal interruptions, while sticking to a regular sleep schedule also helps. Sleep is essential for maintaining a healthy and happy life. External factors, such as bedroom environment and stressors from your work or personal life, can contribute to poor sleep quality, but most of the time, they can be resolved without the need for medical intervention.
However, sleep disorders are different. Insomnia, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, and narcolepsy (some of the most common sleep disorders) require the help of health-care professionals and medication or medical devices to treat.
In the case of sleep apnea, sleep aid devices, such as automatic continuous positive airway pressure (APAP) machines, are necessary to prevent the throat from collapsing and help the patient breathe regularly during sleep. Behavioral therapy is one of the treatments for insomnia while narcolepsy, a chronic condition, is managed through medication.
If you suspect that you have a sleep disorder, see your health-care provider immediately, and avoid trying any treatments or taking medication without consulting a medical professional.
Not enough Food
Undereating is another common cause of tiredness. Food gives us the energy to go about our days, so you want to ensure you eat enough calories each day to avoid feeling tired. Your caloric intake varies depending on age, gender, weight, and height, so try work this out an ensure you’re eating enough.
Not drinking enough water is a leading cause of tiredness. The better hydrated our bodies are, the more blood flow to the brain, helping to avoid fatigue and tiredness. So, make sure you’re drinking as much water a possible.
While we all deal with stress from time to time, suffering from frequent chronic stress has a serious impact on your mental and physical health, including feeling tired all the time. If you frequently suffer from stressful situations, consider stress management techniques such as meditation or yoga.
Not only is sugar bad for your waistline, it can have a significant impact on mental functioning when consuming too much. By decreasing activity of orexin cells, sugar can cause feelings of tiredness after that initial sugar buzz wears off. While difficult, you may want to reduce your sugar intake, especially during the morning and afternoon.
Nutrient deficiencies lead to a lack of focus, increased fatigued, and even physical weakness, with anaemia being an overlooked condition when it comes to tiredness. Consider checking to see if you suffer from iron, folate, or vitamin deficiencies and upping your intake of each should it be lacking in your diet.
The idea of working out to feel less tired may seem counterintuitive, but it does work, and many don’t realise a lack of exercise is likely causing their tiredness. A sedentary lifestyle may contribute to this, so consider walking, running, or swimming a few times a week – you’ll notice the different immediately.
Many people struggle to eat during the morning time, but this should always be avoided, as breakfast provides our bodies with a much-needed dose of energy to start the day. If you don’t like eating much after waking up, try starting with something small such as a piece of fruit, toast, or some yoghurt.
Too Much Caffeine
Drinking caffeine-rich beverages such as coffee and energy drinks may offer a short burst of energy, but this becomes a problem when done too often. High sugar and caffeine consumption results in rebound fatigue after the initial energy wears off. Ditch frequent cups of coffee and energy juice, replacing them with water instead.
Not everyone realises their food sensitives, whether is being lactose intolerant or gluten sensitive, but the symptoms are a nightmare, with fatigue being chief among them. Dairy, gluten, and eggs are a few types of foods that could be causing sleepiness – try dropping them for a while to see if it makes a difference.