Skip to main content

Why Am I Always Tired?: Excessive Tiredness Symptoms and Causes

  • Author:
  • Updated date:

What’s in a name? Definitions

Tired: exhausted, as by exertion; fatigued or sleepy.

Fatigue: weariness from bodily or mental exertion. 1/29/12)

Are you:

· Feeling like you want to crawl back into bed by lunchtime?

· Tired throughout the day even when you sleep 6-8 hours regularly?

· Concerned about how excessively tired you feel?

In a world of constant activity and pressure, many people report feeling excessively tired. If you are plagued with a consistent feeling of fatigue, knowing symptoms, causes, solutions and when to seek help is of the upmost importance.


10 Symptoms of Excessive Tiredness

1. Trouble getting up in the morning: Do you find yourself pressing snooze 3 or more times daily?

2. Too tired for daily tasks such as working, driving or shopping: Are you finding that you are barely making it through your day because of drowsiness?


3. Depending on caffeine: Are you drinking more than 2 cups of coffee, tea, or cola to cope your tiredness?

4. General feeling of being “run-down”: Are you dragging? Do you constantly think, “I need a vacation?”

5. Irritability: Is your tiredness causing you to feel overly sensitive? Easily frazzled?

6. Change in appetite: Do you find yourself eating less? More?

7. Muscular weakness: Are you feeling physically weak?

8. Difficulty concentrating: Having trouble staying on task?

9. Cold-like symptoms: Is your tiredness accompanied by sneezing, coughing or runny nose?

10. Short-term memory loss: Are you forgetting more?


Scroll to Continue

If you are sleeping but still tired, this is a MUST READ.

10 Common Causes for Fatigue

1. Lack of sleep: There are times when our sleep is simply set on the back burner for more immediate tasks. Projects, major life events and other distractions can cause us all to temporarily lose sleep.

2. Jet lag: Anyone that has traveled knows that jet lag can be exhausting. Jet lag involves a total shift in sleep. The longer the travel time, time change adjustment, and length of trip, the more fatigue will be experienced.

3. Sleeping trouble, such as insomnia: Excessive tiredness can be a by-product of sleeping disorders such as insomnia.

4. Stress: If you have ever experienced stress, you know that it is mentally and physically draining. Stress causes one to feel tried and lethargic in waking hours even if he or she is sleeping at night.

5. Heavy workload: Work is a reality of most of our lives. Some jobs require more work than others. Even jobs that can be fairly uneventful have times where more work is needed. These times can cause one to feel more tired than usual.

6. Depression/Anxiety: Tiredness can be a result of one’s mental health. Depression and anxiety can cause one to miss sleep at night or too feel overly tired with or without consistent sleep.

7. Anemia: Anemia is a decrease in red blood cells. Red blood cells are what help circulate oxygen through the body. Tiredness is a major symptom of anemia.

8. Recovering from illness: It is common for people to feel tired when recovering from an injury or illness because their bodies are utilizing large amounts of energy to heal. The result is a drowsy, tired feeling though it means someone is actually healing.

9. Hypothyroidism: Hypothyroidism is a disease where the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones. Tiredness is one of several symptoms to this treatable, yet potentially serious, disease.

10. Alcohol/drug withdrawal: When someone is detoxing from large amounts of alcohol or drugs, it is common to experience fatigue.


More on Sleep

  • 3 Herbs for Better Sleep
    These 3 herbs were suggested by the Dr Oz show for stress. This also has information on these herbs from the National Library of Medicine and the NCCAM (National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine. Includes passion flower, eleutherococ
  • How to Go to Sleep Fast
    Sleep Troubles Are you struggling to fall asleep at night? You are not alone according to Consumer Report Magazine (September, 2008), 44% of adults report sleep trouble including falling asleep. Knowing the common reasons for this trouble is a...
  • Do You Take Naps?: The Pros and Cons of Taking a Nap
    What do you think of when you hear the term “napping”? Most people immediately think of children. But what about adults that nap? Though there are many misconceptions about adults that nap, it can be a healthy habit.

Seeking Solutions

1. Create a sleep routine: Developing a sleep routine can help decrease and even eliminate excessive tiredness. To create a sleep routine:

· Choose a desired “bedtime”

· Move towards going to sleep at that time one hour a week until you are in bed at the time you desire

· Wake up at the same time each day as you move towards your desired “bedtime”

· To help you fall asleep, make your room quiet and dark

· Stay in bed even if you have trouble falling asleep

2. Take naps: Take a 10-20 minute nap when needed.

Even brisk walking can increase energy.

Even brisk walking can increase energy.

Oysters are a natural source of B12.

Oysters are a natural source of B12.

Vegetables like this Asian Kale are a nutrient rich, source of B-12. No wonder it is considered a super food by some!

Vegetables like this Asian Kale are a nutrient rich, source of B-12. No wonder it is considered a super food by some!

Water helps aid every system in the human body. Have you hydrated today?

Water helps aid every system in the human body. Have you hydrated today?

Meditation offers many health benefits including decreasing stress.

Meditation offers many health benefits including decreasing stress.

3. Exercise: Exercise increases energy levels by causing oxygen to circulate through the body. Even 30 minutes of walking briskly can help boost your energy. Exercise is also credited with helping the body settle into a deeper, more restful sleep at night.

4. Eat green leafy vegetables: Green leafy vegetables are among the most nutrient rich foods. They contain multiple vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They will not only give you an energy boost, but may also increase positive mood.

5. Vitamin B12: B12 is a vitamin that can be found in several different foods including shellfish. This vitamin is known for giving energy. In fact, B12 deficiency is another common cause of tiredness. Consult a doctor before taking B12 supplements to ensure it is best for your case of tiredness.

6. Vitamin C: Though there are some questions about whether vitamin C actually increases energy, many doctors and herbalist recommend taking vitamin C supplements. Fruits, such as oranges, provide a natural, delicious source for this immune boosting vitamin.

7. Folic Acid: Folic-acid, also known as B-9, increase energy on the cellular level. You can naturally acquire more folic acid by eating foods such as leafy green vegetables, dry beans, liver and eggs. Synthetic B-9 can be found in cereals, breads, rice, four and pasta.

8. Drink plenty of water: Though water has no nutritional value, hydration does affect body functions. From digestion to the carrying of electrolytes, water keeps your body running smoothly.

9. Meditate: Meditation is a wonderful way of quieting the mind. Quieting the mind can help with several symptoms of fatigue including concentration and stress.

10. Do something fun!: Doing something fun for yourself can be a great stress reliever. It can also help break up the monotony of every day routines.


When to Seek Professional Help


Professional Help

If other symptoms such as unusual weight gain, brittle hair, excessive crying, and/or insomnia occur, it is time to seek professional help. Conditions such as hypothyroidism and depression include tiredness along with other symptoms. These are serious conditions that require medical care.



Other Hubs on Tiredness

  • Do You Suffer From Tiredness All The Time?
    Do you suffer from persistent fatigue? Have you lost a lot of your vitality and find doing life a struggle? Find out what could well be causing your tiredness, and what you can do to recover your energy.


Leandro Russo on October 30, 2014:

This article very accurately and concisely gives us 10 reasons why we may be feeling tired all the time. I have been looking for such a brief but precise list of the causes of constant tiredness for some time now and I will certainly keep deep in my mind these 10 common origins of fatigue so that I make sure I always feel vibrant and active. Basically, the primary reason for continuous tiredness is the lack of sleep, even at weekends when we stay up late on Saturday night. It is a chain of events because we end up sleep on Sunday morning, we cannot fall asleep on Sunday night and we wake up tired and drained on Monday morning to start our working week.

Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on September 15, 2014:

Very interesting hub with"Food for Thought", hopefully I can get over this tiredness. Thanks for sharing with us.

erorantes@yahoo on December 29, 2013:

I like your article Miss Krystal ID. I happy that you wrote this hub .Thank you.

Chandryclaire on May 08, 2013:

A well written hub indeed. I noticed that my sleep dramatically improved if I had zero light in the room including LED light from my alarm clock and the temperature was cool. Also writing all my worries on a piece of paper and throwing them in the trash seemed to free my mind for a restful sleep. Thank you for sharing your ideas.

Carla J Swick from NW PA on May 04, 2013:

I wrote a hub on Vitamin D deficiency - when I had it, I felt like I was in a coma. That's another cause. Thanks for the informative hub! cjb

Sid Kemp from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) on May 04, 2013:

Thanks for an excellent hub. As a health coach, I find that helping my clients be well-rested and clear is always the first step!

I would add some techniques so simple they are often forgotten:

- Breathe! Deep, relaxed natural breathing helps us sleep, and also stay awake with a clear mind.

- Tension and relaxation: The simplest exercises of tensing the muscles and releasing them is a great way to recharge.

- Make a bedtime routine. Bedtime routines are not just for kids. After 8pm, no news, nothing gruesome on TV, all gentleness.

webwatcher on April 28, 2013:

Whoa outstanding site! You’ve undoubtedly resolved a good deal of my questions thanks a lot! Regzooka

Remique on March 10, 2013:

I knew solution has been launch for people who are suffering from a compromised immune system. The main symptom is chronic fatigue. People who start taking the solution have also reported benefits when aded to their health & wellness programs. These reported benefits include:

» Improved Quality of Life*

» Helps Fight Fatigue*

» Increased Endurance*

» Enhanced Sense of Well-being*

Faith A Mullen on December 10, 2012:

Thanks for the hub! I have certainly experienced this.

Carla J Swick from NW PA on November 27, 2012:

Great info - so many are tired these days with keeping up with jobs, continuing ed and child rearing and it's good to know there are things we can do about it.

answers-questions on October 25, 2012:

Hi KristalD,

These are excellent information for a very misunderstood topic. Modern medicine fails to really address the problems with fatigue and it's causes. I am very impressed with your use of photos and video, I am following you and maybe I'll learn something.

Best regards, Atyq

mypassion on October 17, 2012:

Today I was feeling unusually very tired and was wondering what could be wrong. Here comes your article that caught my attention.

It is time to get some quality sleep and check my anemia.

I like your style of writing and good presentation. So interesting and never felt bored at all.

meloncauli from UK on October 17, 2012:

I wrote an article about adrenal fatigue which can be caused by stress/anxiety. The very symptoms you describe can be attributed to this and there are tests to diagnose. It is claimed that many are undiagnosed from adrenal fatigue and that change of lifestyle and addressing stress may help considerably.

Gabby McMahon from Ennis, Co Clare, Ireland on October 17, 2012:

what a great article, I can totally relate to it. I suffered from fatigue for far too long before seeking medical help. Went trough a series of tests only to to show that there is nothing wrong me. At the end it was anxiety and once treated I have never looked back. I would urge all sufferers to seek medical help as soon as possible, no need to suffer.

Krystal (author) from Los Angeles on September 26, 2012:

Hi Giles,

It depends. How much sleep are you getting? What time are you attempting to wake up? Are there other symptoms such as struggling to fall asleep?

giles on September 24, 2012:

i can't wake up easily sometimes please give me some advice because im worried

Shasta Matova from USA on September 07, 2012:

You have provided great causes and relief for excessive tiredness. Voted up. I found out that my tiredness was due to sleep apnea.

alcsmjr on September 06, 2012:

hello, ive been searching for an answer for a very long time to why i have been so tired....its funny though because i can go to my grandfathers house or someone elses house and when im sleepy, i can lay down and sleep with no problem but when i am home, its like i can't sleep at all....i get so frustrated with that but i'll definitely try some of these tips....thanks

Micheal from United Kingdom on September 06, 2012:

You are more than welcome.

Krystal (author) from Los Angeles on September 06, 2012:

Thanks Michael :)

Micheal from United Kingdom on September 06, 2012:

Hi there,

Just came to this hub and somehow forgot to link to it. Sorry I have done so now.


Amelia Aitken from London, United Kingdom on August 31, 2012:

excellent hubber

Krystal (author) from Los Angeles on August 30, 2012:

iguidenetwork-I think stress is far too common! I hope this hub helps :)

vibesites-Glad you and relate and your very welcomed :)

DMV-Thanks for the encouragement :)

vibesites from United States on August 29, 2012:

I really can relate to this! Thanks for posting your hub and sharing your tips. :D

iguidenetwork from Austin, TX on August 29, 2012:

I am always tired and stressed. I am glad I came across this hub. Thanks for sharing your tips, they will help me tremendously.

Krystal (author) from Los Angeles on August 28, 2012:

Paige-I highly recommend you see a doctor. While the diagnosis could be as simple as stress, I would suggest talking to a professonal about your symptoms.

Jennifer-It could be many reasons why you are still feeling tired. If your natural interventions are not working, going to a doctor might shed more light on your dilemma. I find that stress and anxiety are my two biggest causes of sleeplessness.

Jennifer on August 27, 2012:

I start from march this year every morning when I woke up I feel very tired and afternoon also .nighttime I sleep about 11.30pm and morning I wake up at 9.30am .I take vitamins , anti aging product still feeling so tired why?

paige on August 06, 2012:

I am always tired 1 night I went to bed at 8 at was still tired in the morning I am losing weight and I don't know what is wrong with me ?

Mabel W on July 02, 2012:

Here's something that worked for me. I sleep on my back because sleeping on my side put the weight of my rib cage and chest muscles on my lungs. Sleeping on my left side put all that weight on my heart, too, making it labor more. When I go to sleep, I make sure my arms are at my sides or my hands rest on my thighs, putting no weight on my body cavity where my internal organs are. My breathing is much freer and more regular now and must continue that way as I sleep. I feel much more rested in the morning now and have more energy during the day. It's worth a try.

Chen Suen from Arcadia, California on June 28, 2012:

Great information! Lately, I've been having difficulty falling asleep so it's really messed with my sleep cycle. it's 3am local time right now and I'm still awake. Thanks for the tidbits on solving my exhaustion. I'll try some of those starting with sleeping earlier.

Dorothy Robinson Woods from Mobile, Al on June 26, 2012:

Great hub!! It is full of useful information.

Tracy B from Canada on June 25, 2012:

Great information! I had been feeling run down for years no matter how much sleep I would get. It wasn't until recently I found out I had a Vitamin B12 deficiency. Which also seemed to be the cause of my heart palpitations. I have luckily been feeling much better since my monthly injections!

Recently Awakened on June 25, 2012:

That used to be me not too long ago. I have since had a spiritual awakening and my symptoms of exhaustion abruptly vanished. At first, I was waking up extremely early with surges of energy and now my sleeping habits seem to have leveled out. I often meditate and I do find this very helpful and refreshing.

Jimren from philippines on June 25, 2012:

I guess im suffering from excessive tiredness.. Got the 10 symptoms all over me

Deborah from Las Vegas on June 25, 2012:

Excellent information for a very misunderstood topic. Modern medicine fails to really address the problems with fatigue and it's causes. I am very impressed with your use of photos and video, I am following you and maybe I'll learn something.

sfshine from Michigan on June 25, 2012:

Great hub. I often feel tired, but exercising gives my energy a boost. Try to use thyroid medicine as I have hypothyroidism.

Vinsanity100 from Michigan on June 25, 2012:

This is a great article. I have found that too many stimulants and not enough exercise can slow you down. Congrats on the popularity of the article too!

Cheryl Van Hoorn on June 24, 2012:

It is a great hub. I personally have got a lot from it.

Tony Escobar on June 24, 2012:

Very informative, thank you!

mypassion on June 24, 2012:

A very detailed writing about tiredness and you have also written about the solutions. That is wonderful!

Having a glass of warm milk can get you good sleep in the night.

cherylvanhoorn from Sydney on June 23, 2012:

Wonderful hub and very informative. I suffer from fibromyalgia and mixed connective tissue disorder and find myself swamped with fatigue from it. There are some idea's here that I will definitely be trying some of your ideas.

Nira Perkins on June 23, 2012:

What a great hub! I love how much detail was put in and how everything from symtpoms to causes to remedies are covered.

johnsmitht on June 22, 2012:

Sometimes sleep apnea could be the culprit why people feel excessive tiredness. Not only does sleep apnea disturb your sleep, it also reduces the amount of oxygen that you get while resting, thus, making your body feel very much unrested during the day.

ramerican on June 22, 2012:

b12 is great. i also like giner and niacin. thanks for this article.

Peter on June 22, 2012:

Another thing, which may help, since childhood I have used this exercise: Lie flat on your bed or the floor. Breathe out slowly; try forcing the last ounce of air from your lungs. Do not breathe in just count to 5. Then breathe in as slowly as possible as your lungs fill try to stretch them by taking in a bit of extra air, once again hold it and count to five. Then once again breathe out as slow as possible, remember to really force out the last of the air. Once again count to 5 then breathe in. Repeat this 5 times and the extra oxygen through your entire body will not only help with sleep but also increase your general wellbeing.

Some times we can get an aching back, which may deprive us of sleep. This can sometimes be an injury or just general ageing. The spinal cord has small sacks of fluid helping to keep disks apart. When we sleep these fluid sacks fill and help spinal or back comfort. As a young to middle aged person you may have noticed that most mornings and afternoons you have to re-adjust your driving mirror. This is because we are very slightly taller in the mornings after sleep and the fluid sacks are filled.

That is why some people suffer later in the day with back pain. As one grows older these sacks do not fill with the fluid and so the spinal area can become painful. However help is at hand. Our body has also has a collum of muscle around the stomach sides and back. This also helps to support the back.

If you can give this supporting column a daily tone up it will help greatly. No I am not telling you to go for a 20 mile run, lift weights or do sit up’s. These can actually do more damage than good.

Here's an exercise I use if I start to get any back pain. Usually fixes the problem quickly. Lie down on your bed or the floor, Breathe out and tense or pull your stomach in, Try holding it in whilst you breathe out slowly, do this as many times as you feel like. You are toning the muscles without exerting pressure on the back or spine. You can also continue to do this in your normal everyday activities. Even opening a door or steering your car. Eventually you may be able to hold your stomach in over a continual period whilst talking or breathing in or out.

End result you could finish up losing weight around the stomach area and the strengthened collum will aid your back and possible help you to sleep pain free.

Regards Peter

Peter on June 22, 2012:

In our lives we spend most of our days in an environment that is overloaded with positive ions. These can be from electrical radiation or other sources. These have a tendency to sap the body of energy and can also affect our mental state. Negative ions and white noise can be restful. Rain creates negative ions along with a lowering of the ionosphere during the hours of darkness. Swimming is a great reviver and exercise. There is also a sonic ion producer it was initially used for asthmatics but was later taken on board by the pet industry to use in terrariums. I believe that Wall Street spent thousands of dollars on a certain type of cactus that soaks up positive ions. Another thing that will make you feel tired or depressed are CFL (Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs) light bulbs. Apart from the danger of the mercury they contain if broken. They emit high levels of UV and the sometimes-dim dead white light and strobing action and are known to bring on depression. LED lights are much better and safer if you want to save power. Or if still available where you live re-fit low wattage incandescent bulbs.

Another thing you can try for sleeping. When you go to bed tonight try lying on one side for several minutes, take note of how easy or hard it is to breath, then turn on your other side and once again try the same. Most of us humans have one side for breathing better than the other. Once you find your good side prepare yourself for sleep by lying on your bad side. After a short while you will feel your pillow getting warm or even uncomfortably hot. Then simply turn to your good inside turning your pillow over to the cool side. Tuck the pillow under your head so the front part of your nose is facing over the edge where air is freely available. Many of us go to sleep with our faces in the hollow of the pillow and as we sleep sometimes as the pillow warms up we struggle for air.

Remember this, we humans are designed to specifically create carbon in everything we do, use and create. This carbon (Not pollution) is used by the planets green matter, trees, plants, weeds and oceans and in exchange the earth gives us life and oxygen. During the hours of darkness “The Green gang” plants ECT stop breathing carbon and producing oxygen. During the hours of darkness they breathe oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. It is a natural process that the largest majority (Not all) of not only humans but also other living creatures are designed to sleep, even the earths Ionosphere lowers to make the air denser and thus richer in oxygen. Ever noticed when you drive your car during the night how it seems to run smoother and better. This is due to the richer levels of oxygen in the atmosphere. So not getting your proper hours of sleep or staying up late not only goes against our natural health but can also help to drain us of energy.

Oh another thing many people who spend hours listening to loud music can permanently damage their ears and finish up with the lifelong curse of tinnitus, this is a constant ringing in the ears which can also sap one physically and mentally. Don’t panic however if you start to hear whispering sounds in the night, If this is happening in your home it is not the spirits talking to you, could be as simple as an electric clock or a noisy electrical meter on the wall somewhere. Hollow walls will distort and echo the sound through your home during the hours of darkness.

Regards Peter

mysoulfood on June 21, 2012:

I had problems with extreme tiredness for about 2 years... I couldn't work out what was wrong, and my doctor even diagnosed me with "unspecified tiredness".... hmmm..... so it turns out I was minerally defecient - after taking a seaweed and aloe vera product I found my energy coming back after a couple of weeks... amazing! I really recommend this, especially if you have the kind of tiredness that doesn't seem to have a "cause"... if you're interested, check it out:

Ionizer2012 from Kirkland, WA on June 20, 2012:

Voted up, thanks for the informative hub

yssubramanyam from india, nellore. andhrapradesh on June 19, 2012:

when ever you go against conscious and commit an immoral act, it can appear in the form of tiredness. or fatigue. good hub.

yoginijoy from Mid-Atlantic, USA on June 19, 2012:

Great topic and so pertinent to our out of control hectic lives. Thanks for taking on this subject matter! I'm sure many people are getting a ton of suggestions from your ideas. Voting up and useful.

LetitiaFT from Paris via California on June 19, 2012:

Oh boy, does all this sound way too familiar! I would add natural light deprivation. As a native Californian living in Paris, it's a killer! I'm in Portugal right now where it's bright and sunny & I feel normal for the first time since last summer!

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on June 19, 2012:

Very informative hub! I've had Vitamin B12 deficiency before that caused fatigue. A sublingual supplement took care of the problem. Voted up and shared!

beaddve on June 19, 2012:

Great hub! Shared!

Kommadant on June 19, 2012:

Great hub. I find that I sometimes get tired at work because I find my job so boring. I am currently looking for a new job, so hopefully this will solve my problem.

mrsalsmom from Bristol, CT on June 18, 2012:

This was helpful. Thank you.

Krystal (author) from Los Angeles on June 18, 2012:

It seems that many of us have experienced the same symptoms involving sleep but the solutions are varied. I hope to continue eating right, adding in exercise to my routine and destressing to feel more energized. This is a one day at a time kind of issue for me as long as I continue to get regular check ups. That way I know it is not caused by something more specific.

Maree Michael Martin from Northwest Washington on an Island on June 18, 2012:

What a wonderful, helpful hub, love it. I've been wondering about getting my thyroid checked. Well, I am truly going to take that as a sign now, since this is the third article today I have read about such a thing! Thanks for such useful information.

ashleecerny from Carlifornia on June 18, 2012:

Lack of sleep! I always tell myself to sleep earlier but at the end I was watching videos till 3am. Have to be more determined and control myself.

Esther Earl on June 17, 2012:

Nice hub. I always feel tired myself even though I keep a routine sleep habit. I was thinking that this might be due to too much exposure on computer? I spent at least 8 hours a day in working on computer 5 days a week and at night I also spent some time in tv. Aside from my eyes my whole body likes to stay idle most of the time. This hub helps a lot.

T4an from Toronto, Ontario on June 17, 2012:

Great article. A few months ago I was exhausted all the time. I found out I was anemic. Taking high doses of iron helped a lot

JP Carlos from Quezon CIty, Phlippines on June 17, 2012:

For me it's stress. I try to destress whenevr I can. It's really important to set time for myself and just relax. Even a 20 minute break can do a lot of help.

jentaylorsc on June 17, 2012:

This is something I can relate to as I am constantly tired. My doctor actually said that I needed to be taking a vitamin D supplement as I wasn't getting enough which can make you tired. I think it has helped some, but I am sure stress, lack of sleep, and workload are also playing a part as well. Thanks for the informative article.

Oscar Jones from Monroeville, Alabama on June 17, 2012:

this is a very informative and interesting blog. ( hub) ... I relate to much of it.. I have my own personal strategies, but in reality, they all center around health and psyche, and heart .. thank you!!!!

Krystal (author) from Los Angeles on June 12, 2012:

Taking a walk is a great tip, reagu! Thanks :)

yssubramanyam from india, nellore. andhrapradesh on June 07, 2012:

maintain self esteem and honesty, 90% of healthy feelings excite our mind. good hub.

reagu from Los Angeles on June 07, 2012:

When I feel drowsy during the day, I go for a walk. It seems to work and gets me through.

Krystal (author) from Los Angeles on June 01, 2012:

I also have experienced hyperthyroidism and boy did it throw off my sleep. Glad to hear you got down to causes in order to find a solution.

Krystal (author) from Los Angeles on June 01, 2012:

Wow! I never heard this about the sleep cycle. I really appreciate this new bit of information :)

Krystal (author) from Los Angeles on June 01, 2012:

We can all use more vitamins. Especially vitamin C that has so many important health benefits :)

reviewthelaw from Newport Beach , California , 92660 United States on June 01, 2012:

very useful hub. thumbs up! you have a great solutions here huh... guess I need to eat more fruits with vitamin c. thank you so much for sharing this wonderful topic.

Joyette Helen Fabien from Dominica on June 01, 2012:

A most interesting hub! Voted up! I could identify with some of the causes you outlined. I went through the experience of over tiredness over a period of several months. It turned out to be hyperthyroidism. Now I am careful to shake off matters that cause unnecessary stress.

Just a Guest on June 01, 2012:

Thank you for this interesting article. In addition, I'd like to say this: I found that the cause of my drowsiness was the number of hours I've been sleeping. I know many people think that 8 hours of sleep will get you the most rested, but this is not true. In fact, it is better to get 7 hours of sleep. Why? Because the human sleep cycle is 1 hour and 30 minutes long. If you wake up with a completed sleep cycle under your belt, you will have no trouble staying awake. This is because your lightest stage of sleep is at the end of the cycle, so you will wake up easily. So take any amount of time, and if it's evenly divisible by 1.5, it's a good amount of sleep to get. Just thought I'd share.

Krystal (author) from Los Angeles on June 01, 2012:

Lisa, I hope changing your diet will offer some relief!

Lisas-thoughts101 from Northeast Texas on June 01, 2012:


There is so much good information to refer to in this article. The food sources alone are so important. Thank you! I have a chronic problem with waking during the night which causes me to be tired during the day. I am going to try some of these energy boosters. Voted up and useful.

Take care,


Anoop Aravind A from Nilambur, Kerala, India on June 01, 2012:

informative article.Thanks For Sharing

Escape to the Sun from UK on May 31, 2012:

Thank you for this hub! I have had insomnia for quite a long time, and I know how annoying it can be to be tired all the time.

Krystal (author) from Los Angeles on May 31, 2012:

Its hard ti find a solution if you don't know the problem. Thanks for reading and commenting :)

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on May 31, 2012:

KrystalID many of us do not know why we are tired, your hub will be an excellent pointer to the actual cause. Great hub. Voted up.

Krystal (author) from Los Angeles on May 31, 2012:

Thanks :) I think this topic desired some detail as it is an issue that effects so many of us. Thanks for reading!

MargaritaEden from Oregon on May 31, 2012:

Very detailed, thank you!

Angela Brummer from Lincoln, Nebraska on May 30, 2012:

I have my ups and downs with extreme tiredness. Thanks for sharing. This is such a professional looking hub... something that I would read in a magazine article... GREAT JOB! Voted Up!

Donna9376 on May 29, 2012:

Very useful hub, thanks for sharing.

yssubramanyam from india, nellore. andhrapradesh on May 25, 2012:

insecurity, or very much negative oriented imagination, or many failures experienced in the past ,besides health disorders.

non coordinating family members..

Krystal (author) from Los Angeles on May 25, 2012:

This is so true for me TennisElbowTutor! When I leave sugar and flower alone my body is much more energized!

Allen Willette from Marin County, California on May 25, 2012:

I used to be one of those always-tired people years ago. Here's another cause of fatigue I discovered: Sugar! Even though I didn't think I had a problem with sugar - and didn't think I consumed that much of it, I eventually had to face the reality that I did. It's in everything. (Bodywork / massage can also be very helpful for relaxing, reducing stress and inducing sleep.)

Bopeli from Cambodia on May 25, 2012:

Great hub, I have been faced with tiredness everyday even now because of my sinus, any way can help with that?

Heidi from Gulf Coast, USA on May 25, 2012:

I am going to add a link to this hub to my "Everyday Toxins & Topic Habits: Top 5 Ways to Weaken Your Immune System" hub and my "Immune Boosting - Why Start" hub.

This is an informative hub! Voted up, interesting & useful. :) Best regards~

Wilbart26 on May 25, 2012:

Very useful article, this will help a lot of people, thumbs up!

Krystal (author) from Los Angeles on May 23, 2012:

Thanks for reading and commenting all :)

Amy, I totally understand not being a morning person and I am glad to hear you took the time and care to find what was medically behind it. Exercise and meditation are two things you could try adding to your life to help without eat more :)

cablemanagements, two naps a day sounds like a luxury! Seems to me you are getting enough rest for someone at any age! Keep up the great work :)


Finding the true diagnose can take time and I agree about the misdiagnosis of depression. Tiredness can and is often a physical problem. Sounds like you and your mother have been lucky ladies to find out what was going on. Thanks for sharing :)

rex michaels on May 23, 2012:

Great Information, Thanks For Sharing

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on May 23, 2012:

Very good hub. Chronic fatigue, or lack of energy, apparently is very hard for the medical community to get a handle on. In many cases the thyroid is the culprit, and sometimes it takes years of testing if the problem is a TSH problem. Hashimotos disease runs in my family, and not only was I diagnosed with it, but there were tumors, too. My doctor was surprised because tests had failed to find either problem for years. When I recovered my strength too slowly, it turned out that I had another medication fighting my levothyroxin. I switched it to evening and am now slowly regaining stength. Also, anyone on thyroid medication should be aware that citrus fruits should not be consumed within 8 to 12 hours of taking the medication. My mother knew not to drink grapefruit juice for breakfast, but she had a glass of orange juice every morning and then wondered why she still had problems.

I think that a lot of times depression is misdiagnosed as the cause. The depression is actually being blamed when it is a result of the underlying cause.

rahul0324 It could be thyroid, lungs, or a heart problem. Keep after the doctors until they find it. I feel for you, been there done that.

Ankita from INDIA on May 23, 2012:

great hub. Thanks

yssubramanyam from india, nellore. andhrapradesh on May 22, 2012:

excessive tiredness is due to depression. it can be physical or mental. our imagination is always superior to reality. do not live in imagination. it will cause great disappointment.

Mary on May 22, 2012:

Very well written

AmyEliza from Toronto on May 21, 2012:

I have never been a morning person. Ever since I was a toddler my parents would say I hated mornings... I've seen photos of me as a young child with the same "don't bother me. I hate waking up" look as I have now when I have to wake up. A few years back I was even more tired than usual, and would last all day instead of the 10 minutes after waking up. I would fall asleep in school, come home and nap, sleep all night, sleep at school etc.. I found out i was anemic and b12 deficient. I took iron pills and would (sorry.. TMI) get constipated, and b12 pills make me feel nauseous. Any tips of other things I could take without having to eat copious amounts of anything?

Francissmk from Bangalore on May 21, 2012:

Really a good learning. I am suffering with this problem. So it is not an information, but a solution. I holpe it will help many people.

bazita from MA on May 21, 2012:

Great i was looking for a such hub. i am going to use your recommendation, plus i need to stay away from my laptop once awhile.

LGrey from Alabama on May 21, 2012:

Very interesting hub. The tip about staying hydrated is a great one. Whenever I am feeling excessively tired and there isn't a reason such as staying up late I will always try to drink a couple of big glasses of water. It may sound crazy, but 99 percent of the time it perks me up more than coffee.

Editorial Nation on May 21, 2012:

I always feel this way, It seems what I eat effects me more in the afternoon. I try to stay on protein in the afternoons and my heavier stuff in them morning so I can burn it off! Nice article very well put together! Thanks. :)

Brittany from Buffalo, NY on May 21, 2012:

Thanks for this hub. I have been worried about the extreme fatigue I'm experiencing lately—I could sleep for 12 hours and still be too exhausted to get out of bed in the morning. I'm going to try some of your tips, including eating more leafy greens and boning up on my B12. I used to survive on kale and spinach, as well as take a B12 supplement, but I moved a month or so ago and have not gotten back into my usual habits fully. Thanks for the advice!

Related Articles