“Why am I always tired?”; Do you often find yourself asking this question? If you do, then you should start paying more attention to what you are feeling. Now if you’ve tried searching for the answer to the question, then you may already know that there is not only one thing that can cause your tiredness. If fact, tiredness is a symptom of many different health situations and conditions.
To give you an idea of what can be causing your tiredness, I have compiled a list of typical answers to “why am I always tired“:
Insomnia is a condition where you find yourself having trouble getting through a whole night sleeping. As a result you are not getting enough sleep, or you are not getting enough high quality sleep. Specific symptoms to look for are problems falling asleep and/or waking up during the night.
Sleep disorders / Sleep apnea:
Sleep apnea is a condition that causes people to actually stop breathing for a few seconds every hour during sleep. When this occurs, the important stages of sleep are interrupted, and when you wake up the next morning, you will usually feel as if you didn’t get any sleep at all.
Food allergies and intolerances:
If you are allergic to specific foods, or intolerant, eating these foods is activating defense mechanisms in you body that drain a lot of energy and may leave you feeling extremely tired. Eating meals with a high content of processed flours, simple carbohydrates, and sugars may also cause a surge of energy followed by a crash in energy and extreme tiredness.
Iron Deficiency Anemia:
Your body is extremely dependent on iron (hemoglobin) in your blood to transport oxygen to your cells. If you have iron deficiency anemia, your iron levels are so low that your body’s cells are not getting enough oxygen, causing you to feel very tired.
Hyperthyroidism – Overactive Thyroid Gland:
Your thyroid glad regulates use thyroid hormones to regulate the metabolism of our cells – they control how quickly our body burns energy, makes proteins, and how sensitive it is to other hormones. If your levels of thyroid hormones are too high, your body burns energy faster then you are able to gain through your food. Much like a car on full throttle will quickly burn out the fuel available on the tank.
Hypothyroidism – Under active Thyroid Gland:
Too low levels of thyroid hormones also causes tiredness. Even though you may have enough fuel available in your body, low level of thyroid hormones causes your cells not to use the fuel that is available. This may be compared to a car running on low throttle even if the gas tank is full.
Urinary tract infection (for women):
Although most women associate a urinary tract infection with symptoms such as burning or urgency, an infection may be hidden and depleting you energy levels with no other symptom than tiredness.
Undiagnosed heart disease:
If you have undiagnosed heart conditions then overwhelming fatigue may set in after ordinary tasks — such as vacuuming the house, doing yard work, or commuting from work each day. This may be your heart’s way of sending out an SOS that it needs medical attention.
If you have parasites in your body, those parasites release toxic waste into your body, and this waste acts like a type of poison. The human body isn’t set up to handle these kinds of toxins and as a result you may feel tired all the time and have include flu like symptoms.
Stress and anxiety:
Stress or anxiety causes your body’s fight or flight response to be activated, even if you not facing any physical danger. It this state, your body burns much more energy than normal. And prolonged periods of stress and anxiety may cause you to feel depleted and always tired.
Melancholy and depression:
Your mental state has a huge impact on your body’s energy levels. You may have experienced that when your are feeling happy and joyful you are also feeling extra energetic. The same holds true for feeling sad or depressed, but then your energy levels are extremely low. You do not need to be depressed to experience a fall in energy levels.
Chronic fatigue syndrome:
You may have chronic fatigue syndrome if your tiredness have persisted for months and if you do not feel rested even after getting adequate amounts of deep, restorative sleep. Some symptoms that may be accompanying your tiredness if you have chronic fatigue are fever, sensitive lymph nodes, sore throat and joint pains. Variations of chronic fatigue are called ME, post viral fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.
The long list of typical causes for tiredness makes it difficult for you to find YOUR answers. But you can find the cause of your tiredness and recover from them if you know what types of causes you should investigate first and what actions you should take to eliminate them. Some you can eliminate immediately to see if it has positive effect on your energy levels. Some causes your doctor may easily be able to diagnose. And some causes you may have to diagnose yourself.
Stay tuned with my blog and I will help you do it.