Hunger and tiredness are two symptoms that often coexist. This was the case for me when I was always tired: I was very hungry even if I had eaten just one or two hours earlier, and I always had to eat right before I went to bed at night in order to fall asleep. If not I would become hungry again before I could sleep and I had to get up to eat.
WHAT KIND OF FOOD DO YOU EAT?
Meals with a high content of processed flours, simple carbohydrates, and sugars will cause your blood sugar to rise quickly. Your body will then release insulin into your blood stream and cause the sugar to be absorbed into the cells and used for energy. But if the rise in blood sugar is too fast, a lot of insulin will be released and your blood sugar levels will quickly fall below normal. Your body may interpret this as lack of available energy and cause you to be hungry even if you ate not long ago.
To test if this is the case for you: Reduce the amount of simple carbohydrates in your meals and add protein and fat that takes a longer time to convert to blood sugar. This will give your body a more stable energy supply.
DO YOU EXERCISE A LOT?
For a long time I was not able to find out what caused my excessive hunger. But when I stopped working out for a period it disappeared. This was a clear indication that my body’s energy consumption had been higher than the energy supply. When I stopped working out, the amount of energy my body needed was lower and my excessive hunger disappeared.
Normally, this problem can be solved by eating more and eating the right foods to support your body’s restitution between workouts. But keep in mind that there may be a medical condition causing your body’s energy supply to be low even if you eat a lot.
A good way to test if over-consumption or under-supply of energy is the case for you, is to take 10-14 days off from your workouts and see if the hunger disappears.
IS YOUR METABOLISM TOO HIGH?
Your thyroid gland regulates your body’s metabolism (and energy consumption) by producing thyroid hormones. Your levels of thyroid hormones will rise naturally (and so will the energy consumption) if you work out or do any other strenuous activities.
But your thyroid may also be producing more thyroid hormones than normal, even if your body does not need it. This is called hyperthyroidism and can easily be checked by your doctor and regulated using medicine.
DO YOU HAVE STOMACH AND DIGESTION PROBLEMS?
If your body is not getting enough energy even if you eat a lot, then the reason may be that your digestion system is not able to absorb from the food the energy and nutrition that it should. If so, you will likely also be experiencing other symptoms related to your indigestion: stomach pains, constipation or diarrhea, excessive gas and stomach bloating.
The possible causes of this are plenty: food allergies or intolerances, parasites such as worms or fungal infections such as candida.
ARE YOU ALSO THIRSTY ALL THE TIME?
Being hungry and tired all the time is also a symptom of diabetes. But if you have diabetes you will also be thirsty all the time, you will frequently feel like urinating, and you may be loosing weight. If you have any of these additional symptoms, you need to get tested for diabetes by a doctor.
HERE IS WHAT YOU SHOULD DO RIGHT NOW:
Make an appointment to see a doctor to find out if there are any medical condition causing your excessive hunger and tiredness. Start with an open question about why am I always tired. Then make sure your doctor tests your thyroid hormone levels to see if they are too high or too low. And ask him or her specifically about testing for parasites and allergies.