Still feeling sluggish after your third cup of coffee? We all suffer from sleepless nights now and again, but it could actually be your lifestyle that’s making you feel fatigued. Or it could be something more serious. Here are 10 reasons why you might feel tired all the time
Do you find yourself asking the same question day in, day out? “Why am I always tired?”…
There could be a medical reason you’re always feeling fatigued, or you could simply be making the wrong lifestyle choices.
Here are some of the most common culprits that could be making you sleepy.
11 reasons you’re tired all the time
You skip meals If you have a tendency to skip meals, you may not be getting the calories you need to keep your energy levels up. If you leave long gaps in between meals, this can cause your blood sugar to drop, decreasing your energy.
You could have a vitamin deficiency
This could include low levels of vitamin D, vitamin B-12, iron, magnesium, or potassium. Ask your doctor for a routine blood test t determine whether you have a deficiency. You can also take supplements and change your diet to increase your vitamin intake.
You’re not getting enough sleep
Late nights can really have an effect on your energy levels. Try to go to bed earlier and get at least 7-8 hours per night if you can. If your sleep doesn’t improve, get further advice from your doctor. You might need prescription medication to help you drift off.
The more weight you carry, the harder your body has to work to complete everyday tasks like walking and lifting. Switch sugary, fatty and junk foods for fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains instead to try and shift a few of those extra pounds.
You’re not exercising enough
Believe it or not, doing nothing actually makes you more exhausted. You’ll have more energy if you work out. Time to grab those running sneakers.
You’re constantly stressed
When under stress, your body goes into fight or flight mode, which also causes an increase in cortisol and adrenaline. It’s your body’s way of dealing with stressful situations. In small doses the response is safe and won’t cause any lasting damage, but if it’s ongoing, it takes its toll on your body’s resources, and leaves you feeling exhausted.
Chronic stress can cause your body to break down in many ways — it gives you headaches, muscle tension, stomach issues and constant fatigue. Try to manage your stress levels by setting yourself realistic goals and changing your thought patterns. Try deep breathing and meditation to help you stay calm in stressful situations.
You could be suffering from depression
Fatigue, lack of energy and tiredness are common side effects of depression, along with other well-known symptoms including lack of appetite, weight gain or loss, anxiety and lack of interest in sex. If you’re concerned you may be suffering from depression, speak to your doctor who may prescribe an antidepressant or an anti-anxiety medication. Alternatively you can try counselling or cognitive behavioural therapy — a psychological therapy that corrects negative thought patterns.
You drink too much coffee
Getting your daily caffeine fix can be bitter-sweet — it perks you up, but it can also keep you up if you drink too much of it, or drink too late in the day. Caffeine is a stimulant, and can affect your body’s natural sleep pattern, so it can decrease the amount of deep sleep you have each night and cause you to wake frequently, leaving you feeling tired and groggy in the morning. Cut back on the amount of caffeine you have during the day, and steer clear of caffeinated drinks before bed.
You’ve started taking a new medication
Fatigue is one of the most common side effects of pharmaceutical medication. If you’ve started a new medication, give your body time to adjust. Check the label to see if fatigue is a common side effect. If so, talk to your doctor. They might be able to prescribe another drug, or reduce your dosage.
You could have early onset of diabetes
If you have diabetes, your body doesn’t produce enough insulin. This can cause high blood sugar, which can affect your concentration and leave you feeling fatigued and irritable. Low energy and constant tiredness can be a telltale symptom of diabetes, so if you’re concerned, or the tiredness doesn’t improve, see your doctor for further examination.
You could have a sleep disorder
Your tiredness could be the result of a sleep disorder like sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is when your breathing pauses while you’re asleep. As a result, your brain and body don’t receive enough oxygen at night, so your sleep is disrupted and can leave you fatigued during the day. Seek further advice from your doctor, as you may need to be referred to a sleep specialist.
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