5 Reasons Why You Are Feeling Tired All the Time (And Solutions!)

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Do you sometimes find yourself napping through the day? It gets hard to even get out of the bed in the morning. And you are tired even after sleeping all the time?

It’s okay! You are not alone. We all have those days where the energy levels are touching rock bottom and the days feel like a drag.

It’s normal to feel exhausted after physical or mental exercise, but fatigue is something else. The temporary tiredness after a high intensity of workload goes away after resting. Fatigue, on the other hand, lingers no matter how much you rest.

It can become a nuisance real fast – since it keeps you from doing the things you enjoy and make even walking seem like a tedious job.

To get on top of your energy levels, you must first be aware of the reason that is causing you to feel tired all the time.

Here are some of the likely suspects to blame for your low levels on energy.

1. Inadequate amount of sleep:

Not getting enough sleep is the most obvious cause of exhaustion. What, however, is a seemingly unlikely cause of exhaustion is an abundance of sleep. Shocking, right?

Sleeping is the first basic solution of fatigue, but if overdone, it can backfire. More than 9-10 hours of sleep is considered a medical disorder, called hypersomnia.

Hypersomnia, like hyposomnia (reduced sleeping) can result in low levels of energy, and consequently feeling tired all the time.

A lack of sleep leading to feeling tired all the time.

Medical research deduces the link between sleep and tiredness such that:

It appears that any significant deviation from normal sleep patterns can upset the body’s rhythms and increase daytime fatigue.

The solution is to figure out how many hours of sleep are just right for you and stick with that – even on holidays, and weekends.

2. Insufficient diet:

Part of the reason why you are feeling tired all the time may be that you have not been getting sufficient nutrients and not drinking enough water through the day.

A calorie intake of less than 1000 calories can slow down your metabolic rate, because it activates your body’s fight or flight mode, and it begins to preserve all the energy that it is receiving.

Or, perhaps, you are eating just enough calories, but not eating the right kinds of calories. That can still lead to fatigue – it is like getting the wrong kind of gas for your car.

Dietary insufficiencies can be a leading factor behind feeling tired all the time.

3. Sedentary lifestyle:

A sedentary lifestyle is characterised by physical inactivity throughout the day. It simply means sitting or laying down when indulging in most activities, including work.

Indulging in sedentary behaviours is becoming unusually common these days, especially with all the office jobs that require you to work from a chair. However, sitting and other sedentary activities are really dangerous in the long run because they involve very little expenditure. Therefore, a lack of movement leads to feeling tired all the time.

A sedentary lifestyle is really harmful in the long run, sitting for longer periods of time is not healthy.

Studies show that exercising in moderate intensity for about 30 minutes in a day can improve symptoms of fatigue and overall health. Especially, if you work requires you to be seated for longer hours of a day, it’s recommended to take walks in your breaks.

4. Sleep-inducing medication:

If you are doing everything else right, even watching your caffeine intake, and still end up feeling tired – is the possible that your medication be the culprit behind your fatigue?

As an adult, almost everyone takes medications – and more than often these medications make people tired.  

Most medications contain drowsiness as a side effect, hence your pills might be the reason you feel tired all the time.

Whether they be your antidepressants, your acne medications, any steroids you are taking or even pain meds, check if they contain sleep-induction as a side effect.

You can not always just stop taking your medications, what might be helpful would be to move the drug intake to evening or lowering the dose, or if it’s possible, asking your physician to change your medications.

5. Psychological factors:

Now, what is sapping your energy might not be a physical factor at all! There may be an underlying psychological factor contributing to your exhaustion.

Prolonged periods of stress can eventually result in chronic fatigue. Over-tiredness and exhaustion are common symptoms of depression. Moreover, anxiety can make it difficult for you fall asleep at night, resulting in fatigue.  

There may be psychological factors like depression, anxiety, stress lead to exhaustion.

If you believe your fatigue is associated with an underlying mental condition, consulting a mental health expert is the best solution!

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