Why Are You Always Tired?

Being chronically tired isn't normal. Are you taking care of yourself? Should you see a doctor?
Dave Yandel
December 21, 2020

In today’s society we almost wear being tired (and overworked) as a badge of honor.  We do so much, so we sacrifice a good night’s sleep to be all the things to all the people.  This is NOT a way to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Sleep is vital for your mind and body to recover at the end of each day. Tiredness is not something to be taken lightly.

Maybe you have learned to live with chronically fatigue.  Perhaps due to mental illness, physical health issues, or who knows what!  There are times, you just have no say in how much sleep you get.

Being Chronically Tired Isn’t Normal

Sleep regulates your moods, physical energy, and your brain functions (read: learning and memory). People who suffer from sleep deprivation are at a higher risk for heart problems, obesity, and cancer!  Feeling tired all the time can also be a sign of a mental or physical illness or imbalance.

Your work productivity, ability to care for others, and social life can all suffer if you are constantly tired.


Here are nine reasons you may be always tired:

1. Caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine interrupt sleep

          These simulants affect your body's sleep cycles.  And the addiction factor can cause your body to wake up with cravings.

2. You might need glasses

          Not being able to see clearly can overwork your eyes and cause you to feel tired.

3. Night-waking is interrupting your sleep cycles

          Performing certain activities shortly before bedtime (such as eating or exercise) can throw off your body's natural wind-down procedure.  Try to establish a regular bedtime routine so your body can adjust to it's natural sleep rhythms.

4. You're simply not getting enough sleep

         You should be getting a solid 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night.

5. Sleep apnea

          This condition causes your airways to intermittently close during sleep. If you are always tired and are known to snore, consider seeing a sleep specialist.

6. Depression or anxiety

          Feelings of tiredness, fatigue, and weakness are common symptoms of mental illness. It is important to consider the possibility that you are experiencing a mental health problem if your doctor has ruled out physical issues.  Talk to a trained mental health professional if that is the case.

7. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

         The only treatment for this condition is therapy.  Please talk to your doctor if you are having serious sleep issues.

8. Physical illness or imbalance

          Your tired body could be trying to tell you that you are suffering form a physical illness or imbalance. It is important to talk to your doctor about chronic fatigue.

9. Nutrition and exercise

          The way you take care of your body affects your energy levels. Regular physical activity and a healthy diet will help your body find balance and help your body recover during sleep.

There are many reasons you may feel tired.  Focusing on proper nutrition, physical activity, and adequate hours of sleep is a great place to start.  You need to be kind to your body so it can do all of the amazing things that it needs to do for you.

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