I’ve been tired since 2012. Let’s just say that my coffee addiction is for legit reasons. But seriously, there were days that I was truly exhausted and I didn’t know why.
During a recent visit to my doctor, I mentioned being tired all the time for no good reason and her response was: get outside, get some exercise and reduce my evening caffeine intake.
Didn’t I just tell her I was tired and now she wants me to be even more tired, great! Never mind the obvious stab at my coffee drinking. How am I supposed to stay awake long enough to get through my days?
It was time to self-diagnose and find out what the internet had to say. Besides all the weird diseases that cause tiredness, there were a few reasons that consistently popped up in my searches.
Here are the top 10 possible reasons that someone is tired.
1. Lack of Sleep
This is the same as sleep deprivation. Yikes, big word, which means you aren’t sleeping long enough. Well duh, it’s why the whole tired thing is happening right.
But, wait a minute, did you know you should be getting at least 7 uninterrupted hours of sleep everyday? Laying in bed with your eyes closed doesn’t count as sleep.
Going to bed at 1:00 am and getting up to start your day at 6:00 am is not going to make you feel better. Come, on you can do better. Your schedule should allow you a normal night’s sleep.
2. Sleep Apnea
People joke about this but it’s a real condition. Sleep apnea is when you stop breathing while you’re asleep. Most folks don’t know they have it until someone who witnesses it tells them about it.
Your brain literally wakes you up through-out your sleeping to start breathing so it can get oxygen. So, all night long, you’re waking up to breathe again. In some cases, a person might not start breathing again for several minutes.
Symptoms can include slurred speech or vision. Daily bouts of fatigue will make you feel less alert, almost like you’re impaired. If you suspect someone has sleep apnea, call a doctor.
3. Eating too Little
Show of hands of the dieters out there that have done this. You only eat 500 calories a day and then can’t figure out why you’re so tired. It takes your body 2000 calories to just exist. It’s hard work pumping blood and thinking about stuff.
Find out what your calorie intake should be for your gender, age and size right here. Unless you’re under the care of a doctor, don’t starve your body of the necessary energy it take to keep it going.
Get your energy level back up and you should see a difference in the way you feel. Now don’t go eating a whole tub of ice-cream and then say, she told me to eat 2000 calories, you’ll feel like a slug.
This is also what we call an iron deficiency. Most of the time you find out you have anemia after a physical at your doctor’s office or maybe you’ve just given birth. Lots of people have it.
Here’s how it could affect you. You might feel run-down or just don’t seem to have any energy. People have reported feeling cold or chilled when no one else is. Or in some cases, you might have slight dizziness.
5. Not Drinking Enough Water
Believe it or not, some people don’t like to drink water. If you don’t stay hydrated every single day, you’re going to be tired. Your body isn’t getting what it needs. Your cells are screaming at you!
You lose water by sweating, going to the bathroom and just by breathing. Fatigue can also be increased by consuming alcohol when you’re already dehydrated. If you don’t like plain water at least drink some juice or milk.
6. Food Intolerance
Ok, this is a weird one right? But if you’ll notice after certain meals that you have to go lay down or you feel sorta sick, you might have a sensitivity to whatever you ate.
It is a good idea to let your doctor know that you have some concerns about food intolerance and get some guidance from her. Mine is milk but I love it 🙁
7. Heart Disease
Scary stuff time. Doing normal chores shouldn’t make you exhausted. Do you all of a sudden feel extremely tired? Sudden meaning last week you could climb the stairs but this week you can’t with out taking a break.
Your heart in trouble could be trying to tell you something. If you suffer any type of sudden fatigue with no warning or explanation for longer than a day, call your doctor. Better safe than sorry.
Did you know that feeling tired or fatigued is the number one symptom of diabetes. A daily continued exhaustion is a common complaint of having type 2 diabetes.
Your body is jumping through hoops to keep up with your blood sugar levels and all that extra energy it’s using is like an internal olympics going on.
9. Sedentary Lifestyle
Haha, this might be me, typing away at this computer. I’ve got some major weight to lose. And in fact, soon I will start my weight loss journal complete with plan, measurements and pictures!
And here’s the facts on this, being tired of being tired will still leave you exhausted. Get up and go outside. Walk around and get some movement going in your legs. You might even surprise yourself and enjoy a walk around the block.
I saved this one for last. I think everyone gets the blues sometimes especially in the winter. But depression doesn’t announce itself. You just don’t feel good and you don’t know why which leads to being tired.
Having the blah’s or a terrible case of the don’t wannas could be a sign of depression. You don’t have to suffer in silence and please don’t be shamed into trying to hide it. Your doctor can help.
There are more reasons if you didn’t see anything here that fits your particular symptoms or accurately describes what’s going on with you. Bottom line, if you recognize you may an issue, find out what it is.
Living on your couch under the covers is not living at all. If you have a friend or family member that you can bounce ideas off of that’s great, just start the process to find a way to answer your question of “Why am I so Tired”
What are some suggestions you would have to help someone?