No one enjoys feeling exhausted all the time. What’s even more disheartening is when you feel exhausted despite receiving a healthy amount of sleep. So, why are you always tired? There are a number of different possibilities. Going down a checklist of options may provide a chance to self-evaluate and discover which aspect of your life you should change to feel energized again.
Reasons for Fatigue
Here is a list of common reasons you may feel tired all the time:
- Dehydration. Your daily consumption of water should be between 6-8 glasses. If you don’t drink enough water, your blood pressure drops, and you receive less oxygen. The solution to your fatigue could be fixed simply by sipping out of a water bottle you carry around with you!
- Unhealthy Foods. We’ve all heard the saying “you are what you eat.” Your energy is directly related to the food you allow to enter your body. Processed or fast foods may not contain the nutrients your body needs to sustain your busy day.
- Boredom. A strange cycle begins in your body when you don’t have enough to do during the day. The less you do, the more tired you feel. This is because the blood and oxygen aren’t flowing enough in your body when you don’t move around. This causes you to feel tired.
- Not Enough Exercise. Physical activity boosts energy levels during the day. If you use the proper amount of energy during the day, you will sleep better at night. Studies show that even the slightest amount of exercise is able to reduce the time it takes to fall asleep and increase the amount of sleep and quality of sleep you receive at night. When you’re already tired, exercising is likely the last thing you may feel like doing but doing so will wake up your system and you will leave better than you came.
- Pregnant. One of the first changes to your body when you’re pregnant is a sudden change to your sleeping habits and energy levels. If you normally stay up past midnight, then suddenly find yourself wanting to crash out at 9 pm, pregnancy could be a factor. Sleep can also be challenging for new moms, who suddenly have to adjust to the sleep schedule of their baby.
- Vitamin Deficiency. There are multiple vitamins that could be the source of your fatigue. Vitamin B12, for example, is a great energy booster. Vitamin D deficiencies also cause chronic fatigue. Supplementation may be a great option to help you feel less tired.
- Stress and Anxiety. This one is often hard to control. For many people, stress and anxiety can be much harder to alleviate. For now, take a deep breath a step back from what you’re doing. When you’re overly stressed out, your body feels like shutting down. If your stress is more complex, it is recommended that you talk to a healthcare provider to help.
- Caffeine. If you’re the type of person that needs caffeine to get through your day, you may have developed an unwanted dependency. This means that without it you can go into withdrawal. Additionally, caffeine can remain in your system after you fall asleep, interfering with normal REM sleep. An easy solution is to simply cut back on the caffeine—maybe start giving up that morning cup of coffee.
Making the Change
If one of these applies to you, making a change may not have immediate results. Your system needs some time for the functions to find the balance they require. If fatigue persists, it might be worth making a visit to a physician. Even if these don’t all apply to you, practicing good habits of health will give you more energy and make you an overall happier person.