Why Am I So Tired?

May 26, 2018

 
One of the most common complaints I hear from new clients is a constant feeling of fatigue and tiredness. That of course makes it difficult to start a new workout program when it's hard to even get out of bed in the morning. It is common to feel tired from time to time, especially when you live a busy lifestyle, but when you find that you are frequently exhausted, then it may be time to look into it. You need to know that there is a difference between feeling fatigued and feeling sleepy. Feeling fatigued or tired includes lacking motivation and energy without feeling sleepy even though they can both occur at the same time. Once you have determined whether it is fatigue, you will then find out whether it is physical or mental fatigue. 


Fatigue or feeling tired is not a disease as it is mostly a symptom of some other problem. You will need to find out the hidden cause of your fatigue with the help of a doctor. You can also try making some lifestyle changes such as reducing alcohol or caffeine intake, taking multivitamins, drinking more fluids, eating wholesome foods, and getting more sleep. If you still feel fatigued after making these changes, seek professional assistance. Here are some of the most common reasons why most people are constantly tired or fatigued. 


Sleep Apnea


This sleep-disrupting condition can leave you feeling tired after waking up regardless of how much sleep you got the night before. The disorder is distinguished by short breathing interruptions during one’s sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type in which one’s upper airway collapses or closes briefly alerting the brain to wake you so you can resume breathing again. It can cause one to stop breathing multiple times all through the night.


Chronic Fatigue


This is a health condition in which one experiences a strong fatigue that quickly comes on. People suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome usually feel too tired to conduct normal activities and feel exhausted easily with little exertion. Symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome include the inability to concentrate, tender lymph nodes, weakness, joint and muscle pain, or a headache. 


Depression


Depression is an illness that affects how you feel about yourself or others; it also affects how you eat and sleep. If it goes untreated, depression can last for months or years. Each person experiences depression in a different way but it commonly can cause reduced energy levels, changes in eating and sleeping patterns, issues with concentration and memory, feelings of negativity, worthlessness, and hopelessness. If you know someone who suffers from depression please read this article to look for warning signs before it's too late. 


Diabetes


People have diagnosed with type 2 diabetes annually but most people are unaware they have it. Sugar or glucose is the body’s fuel and keeps it going. People with diabetes cannot use it properly so it accumulates in the blood. If there is insufficient energy in a diabetic’s body for proper functioning then fatigue is usually the first warning sign.


Thyroid Disease


When there is an imbalance of thyroid hormones, you will find those simple daily activities can be too much for you. The thyroid gland produces hormones, which regulate metabolism. Elevated levels of thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism) speed up your metabolism while too little of it (hypothyroidism) slows down your metabolism.


Anemia


Fatigue resulting from anemia is caused by a lack of red blood cells that transport oxygen from the lungs to the cells and tissues. This brings about shortness of breath and weakness. Anemia can be caused by:


•    A chronic disease (i.e. kidney failure, cancer, or rheumatoid arthritis)
•    Internal bleeding, blood loss
•    Vitamin or iron deficiency


Women who are of childbearing age are prone to iron-deficiency anemia due to menstrual blood loss and the body’s need for iron during breastfeeding and pregnancy.

 

I hope that some of the information I have presented above helps you find the cause of your tiredness. If you have made lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthy diet, which have helped to get rid of your tiredness and sleepiness, please tell me about it so I can share it with my followers. Please work with a medical professional if you have any of the above conditions before they become worse. 

 

Brooke Bailey is a personal trainer, masseuse, and student in health and wellness.

She currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Follow her on Facebook.

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