10 Possible reasons why you are tired all of the time
We all get those days that we feel under the weather and have no energy, but if you always feel tired, you should be looking into the reason why because, whilst it may just be due to some bad lifestyle choices, it could also be due to more serious underlying health problems. We are not suggesting that you need to panic after a few days of not being on top form, but, if you constantly feel tired during the day, it may be time for a visit to your doctor. Here are ten of the most common reasons that people feel tired all the time.
1. You are not drinking enough water
When you get dehydrated, your blood gets thicker and that makes your heart have to work extra hard to pump it around your body and, not surprisingly, you feel tired. So, your first port of call to beat tiredness should be the water cooler, because even if you are just 2% dehydrated, it will affect your energy levels.
2. You are not getting enough iron in your diet
Anaemia, which is a lack of iron in the blood, is another common cause of tiredness. It makes you tired because, without enough iron, less oxygen circulates to your muscles and your cells. To boost your intake of iron, eat more green leafy vegetables, eggs, and beans. You can also improve the absorption of iron by increasing the amount of Vitamin C in your diet.
3. You are not eating properly
If you are not eating properly, then you simply won’t have enough fuel to keep you going during the day. Eat a healthy, well balanced diet and never skip breakfast, because it really is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast kick-starts your metabolism and replenishes your energy stores, so never skip it, or you will feel tired for the rest of the day.
4. You need a vacation
Everyone needs a break from work and research has shown that people who take regular vacations are much more creative, energetic, and productive, than those people who try to work the whole year round. Take regular breaks and unplug from work completely. It will give you a chance to unwind and relax and you feel a whole lot better when you get back to work.
5. You are not getting enough exercise
Exercise is not only for losing weight and toning muscles; it also gives you a lot more stamina too. Don’t think that exercise will make you feel even more tired because, in the long run, it could be just what you need to bet your fatigue. A study conducted by the University of Georgia found that just twenty minutes of exercise, three days a week, drastically increased people’s energy levels.
As we mentioned in the introduction to this article, constant tiredness can be a sign of more serious, underlying, medical conditions, one of which as diabetes. One of the main symptoms and early warning signs of diabetes is lethargy and that is often combined with a constant thirst. In this case, a visit to your doctor for a blood test would confirm if diabetes is what is causing your tiredness.
7. Coeliac disease
Coeliac disease is a condition where people’s small intestine is hyper sensitive to gluten. Even though only about one in every one hundred people have the condition, it is estimated that 90% of sufferers are unaware of the fact. Symptoms of the disease include tiredness, weight loss and diarrhoea, which most people ignore, or put down to other causes.
8. Sleep apnoea
If you wake up feeling as tired as you did when you went to bed, then it could be that you are suffering with a sleep condition called Sleep apnoea. This is a condition that causes the airway to contact during sleep, which restricts the flow of oxygen, so you don’t sleep properly. It is more common amongst older and overweight men and it can also be caused by smoking and drinking alcohol.
In addition to making you feel down, depression can also sap you of all your energy and disrupt your sleep pattern. A lot of people with depression find that they sleep at odd times and feel exhausted throughout the day, and the tiredness makes the low moods feel even worse.
10. Underactive thyroid gland
Tiredness could also be an indication that you have an underactive thyroid gland. If this is the cause you feeling tired all the time, then you will also probably experience aching muscles and weight gain. This condition is most common among older women.
Of course, feeling tired could just mean you are not getting enough sleep. So, before you get too concerned about any of the potential causes we have mentioned here, try getting to bed earlier and making sure that you get a good eight hours of sleep every night. If you tiredness persists for more than a few weeks, then it would probably be a good idea to book an appointment with your doctor.
Stay happy and healthy!