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

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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?


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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.


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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.