May 23, 2016 by Contributors
Why Am I So Tired?
Why am I so very, very tired? It’s one of the worst feelings to experience on a regular basis. A persistent state of needing a rest that won’t go away with a simple lie down or early night.
Everyone feels tired at different stages. Light sleepers and insomniacs face a constant battle to get enough sleep. Other people struggle to find energy to do things that must get done.
There many reasons why you may feel tired. More than one could be contributing to an overall state of fatigue. It is important to address problems with tiredness as best you can and in multiple ways. Your quality of life and daily performance depends on being rested and energetic.
Top 5 Reasons Why People Feel Tired
1. Lack of Sleep
As many as one in three people have regular bouts of insomnia. Anyone can suffer from a lack of sleep though.
Sleep may be disrupted by late-night activities, including drinking alcohol (which dehydrates your brain), looking at bright TV or computer screens (which affects natural sleep rhythms) and taking stimulants such as caffeine. Stress, sleep conditions (such as sleep apnea) and disruptions (such as noise or a restless sleep partner) are other common causes.
A lack of sleep puts you out of balance mentally as well as affecting mood and increasing appetite. It is one of the surest ways of making you feel tired.
2. Too Much or Too Little Exercise
Too much exercise will make you physically tired. But simply resting a lot is not the way to become a high-energy person.
Being fit means you body is adapted to being highly active. This allows you to do important tasks easily. You are less likely to procrastinate and more able to battle through periods of illness or stress.
If you are tired, the short-term solution may be to rest. But long-term, it helps to make regular physical activity part of your lifestyle.
3. Inadequate Nutrition
Ideally, your diet helps your body to release energy in a strong and steady fashion. If, instead, you have wildly fluctuating peaks and troughs, you will experience period of extreme tiredness.
Fluctuations come from eating fast energy foods, often with a high glycemic index. These include cake, white bread, white rice and highly processed breakfast cereals.
Specific nutritional deficiencies also can lead to tiredness. A common one, particularly among women, is anemia. This is when the body lacks enough red blood cells to carry a good amount of oxygen to your tissues and organs. Iron-rich foods, such as red meat and fortified cereals, provide ingredients for producing more red blood cells.
4. Depressed Mood
Mood plays a large role in determining energy levels. If you are lacking motivation to do certain tasks, it is a whole lot harder to do them. A depressed state means you may not feel like doing much at all. You may feel tired, or anxious whenever you think about doing something. Taking time out and coming up with a positive action plan may help lift you out of an inactive, depressed state.
5. Medical Condition
Regular fatigue that seems unrelated to any of the above causes may be a sign that you have a medical condition. Many health problems cause tiredness, including diabetes, heart disease, thyroid conditions, chronic fatigue syndrome, infections and viruses.