Why am I so Tired All the Time? 5 Common Causes & What to do About It
Are you tired of being tired everyday? Been there, done that! I know what you’re going through and it stinks. If you’ve been asking yourself “why am I so tired all the time”, here are 5 possible causes for your sleepiness.
1 | Lack Of Sleep
This one might seem obvious but it really needs to be ruled out before addressing the other possible issues. Lack of sleep is the most common cause for tiredness and fatigue. So many people do not prioritize sleep. Your body needs somewhere between 7-8 hours of sleep every night.
And the quality of the sleep you get is just as important as the quantity. So make sure to avoid stimulants such as alcohol and caffeine before bed. Also try to sleep in total darkness. Light disrupts melatonin production which is essential for deep sleep.
2 | Depression
If you’re getting plenty of sleep (maybe even sleeping too much) and you’re still tired everyday, you might be suffering from depression. Symptoms of depression vary from person to person. And there are many different types of depression.
Many people with depression experience excessive tiredness and loss of drive and motivation. You can take this quiz if you suspect you might be depressed.
3 | Poor Diet
A poor diet can greatly effect your energy levels. Your body requires specific nutrients to fuel and energize it. Think off it like a car. You can’t put low quality, bad gas in it and expect it to run well.
Your body needs B vitamins and iron to increase energy production. Try to eat more eggs, chicken, nuts, fruits and vegetables. And stay away from sugary drinks, candy, and fast food.
Make sure you are drinking plenty of water as well. Read 10 Tips to Help You Drink More Water Everyday if you want to increase your water intake.
Related: 5 AMAZING BENEFITS OF DRINKING WATER
4 | Anemia
Anemia is a condition that develops when your blood lacks enough healthy red blood cells or hemoglobin. Fatigue is the most common sign of anemia. If you’ve been experiencing shortness of breath and you looker paler than normal, you may want to visit your doctor to get tested for anemia.
5 | Thyroid Problem
Around 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease. Symptoms of thyroid dysfunction include anxiety, fatigue, brain fog, low sex drive, weight problems, constipation, intolerance to cold, sleep problems and the list truly does go on and on!
Depression is also a symptom, so if you think you might be depressed make sure you rule out the possibility of a thyroid issue first!
I struggled with extreme fatigue for YEARS! I was finally diagnosed with Hashimoto’s last year. I opted for a natural approach to healing and feel so much better. My energy levels have increased significantly.
If you have any of the above symptoms and especially if there is a history of thyroid problems in your family, you NEED to get tested. Talk to your doctor right away. Make sure your doctor tests your TSH, Free T4, Free T3 and your TPO antibodies.
Most doctors won’t test for these unless you specifically request it. If your doctor won’t listen or you do not have insurance you can administer your own thyroid test at home. The thyroid test kit can be purchased here.
It will test your TSH, Free T4, Free T3 and your TPO antibodies.
Don’t put it off. I wasted years of my life because doctors told me there wasn’t anything wrong with me. Unfortunately, they weren’t running the proper tests on my thyroid. It took 10 years for a diagnosis. Demand the proper tests or administer your own.
Once diagnosed you can choose to take conventional medication or try the natural approach.
I highly recommend the book Hashimoto’s Protocol for anyone diagnosed with Hashimoto’s. The author, Isabella Wentz, has a plethora of resources, courses and programs for natural thyroid healing that you can check out here!
Final thoughts about why you’re so tired all of the time
I hope that at least one of the possible reasons above gave you some deeper insight into what might be making you so tired all of the time. I know how awful it feels to be tired all of the time. It’s no way to live. So please listen to my advice above and if need be contact your doctor or order your own blood test kit.
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