Coffee doesn’t give you that kick anymore, those 8 hours of sleep have no effect, and any weekend off hardly dents your fatigue.
Often it is our busy lives that are first blamed for our never ending yawning, but when you start asking yourself why you are so permanently tired there are a few other things you should be looking at, other than your mattress.
“No, it’s not normal to always be tired.”
So you really shouldn’t ignore those feelings of exhaustion. It might be about time that you had a complete lifestyle change and made some proper time off for yourself while making sure that you are eating a better diet and cutting out those old bad habits. Usually, a lifestyle change will make you feel better, more relaxed and of course less fatigued. But before you start changing your world, turning it upside down, you need to pinpoint the cause of your constant fatigue…
The reasons why you might be so constantly tired
Do you have anaemia?
When your body has a lack of red blood cells, you can really feel as though you have no energy. Your red blood cells are responsible for bringing oxygen to your tissues and cells, enlivening them and helping to reduce any feelings of tiredness. When you have a lack of these cells you might find that you have shortness of breath and that you are more tired than the average person.
Anaemia can be caused by a number of things including loss of blood, although the more common cause is a lack of iron. In women, this is quite a common issue which can be linked to childbirth and menstruation.
- Symptoms of anaemia
If you are feeling tired constantly, anaemia might be to blame, as seemingly constant fatigue is one of the biggest symptoms. Weakness is another symptom of anaemia, along with a lack of concentration, issues with falling asleep and staying asleep, chest pains, headaches, and you might also notice that simple exercises leave you feeling exhausted.
- The cure
First, you need to visit your doctor to get a diagnosis. Your doctor will be able to prescribe the medication to fight the anaemia. Iron supplements also work for some people.
Are you depressed?
Every one of us has had times where we feel emotionally under the weather but usually, this passes. Real depression, the kind that grips on tight and doesn’t let go without a fight, is another story. Depression is a very serious illness which can become life-threatening if it is left to progress. It can affect each aspect of our lives and this means your precious sleep is at risk. When you are at the mercy of depression, the symptoms may become a part of your life for months or years.
- Symptoms of depression
The scary thing about depression is that the symptoms are not going to be the same for every person. We don’t all experience it in the same way so it is likely to change from person to person. For most people who are depressed their energy levels change, they have a noticeable change in their eating habits and they experience less sleep. Then there are the emotional symptoms which include feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, immense unhappiness, displeasure in life and in some cases you might simply feel nothing at all.
- The cure
There are no lab tests to diagnose you with depression, sadly it is far more complicated than that. You will need to visit your doctor who will then be likely to ask you questions before giving you a final diagnosis. There is a list of symptoms that they might go through with you and should these symptoms be an ongoing reality for you, your doctor will be able to make a diagnosis. If you suspect that you might be suffering from depression, you need to make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible.
Do you have chronic fatigue?
Chronic fatigue is extreme tiredness that cannot be beaten; no matter how much rest you get you still feel tired. Usually, this form of fatigue is not easily explained away by an existing or underlying medical condition which is what can make diagnosing this condition incredibly difficult. While the condition is not easily shaken with rest, it can be made worse through physical and even mental activity. There is no identifiable cause for the fatigue but what is very real is the speed and intensity with which the fatigue hits.
- Symptoms of chronic fatigue
As the name of this condition states, chronic fatigue makes your body and your mind exceptionally tired. This is the first big symptom for chronic fatigue. Then there is memory loss, loss of concentration, insomnia, headaches, joint pain, sore throat, muscle pain and never feeling refreshed after sleeping.
Chronic fatigue usually strikes in cycles, so relapses are quite common. This is a most unpleasant condition and the scary thing is that there is no way to say if you are going to experience it.
- The cure
Once your doctor has diagnosed you with chronic fatigue, which cannot be easily done as there is no testing for it, you will need to start combating it. There is no cure for this syndrome, especially as there might be a number of different symptoms which could require individual treatment. At best the symptoms can be managed and treated as they become apparent. There are a few home remedies that you can have a look at which include avoiding nicotine, alcohol, and caffeine while aiming to reclaim your sleeping pattern to combat insomnia.
It is also best to always pace yourself when doing something physically or mentally exhausting, this will limit the after effects of the exertion so that your chronic fatigue doesn’t relapse.
Do you have sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a rather common disorder that has a negative effect on your breathing while you are sleeping. Sleep apnea causes you to pause between breaths or it can make your breathing very shallow. The pausing can last anything from a few seconds to a few minutes. Once breathing returns to normal, a person can either start snoring or even making a choking sound. Sleep apnea is a chronic condition and it has a harsh effect on the quality of your sleep. The result of sleep apnea is tiredness that you never really seem to shake.
The troublesome thing about sleep apnea is that it can go undiagnosed for many years as doctors have a really tough time identifying it. And most people don’t realise they have the condition as it happens during sleep, only to be identified once the person shares a sleeping space. There are different types of sleep apnea and one of the more common types is obstructive apnea. This is usually seen in those who are overweight but can affect anyone.
- Symptoms of sleep apnea
As mentioned before, sleep apnea is very difficult to diagnose and it is often only picked up when a person shares their beds, but there are a few things that you can be aware of. Some of the symptoms of this condition include: Waking up with a dry throat, waking up during the night gasping or choking, having headaches in the morning, and of course feeling sleepy all through the day.
- The cure
Once you know what you are dealing with, there are a few things that you can do to correct it. You can make changes to your lifestyle such as losing weight, dropping the cigarette, leaving the alcohol, and making time for regular exercise. Then there are the things that you can do before bed such as propping yourself up on a pillow, opening your nasal passages with saline and sleeping on your side instead of your back. For the more serious cases of sleep apnea, there are medical devices which can alleviate the condition. Visiting your doctor is a must!
There is a reason that you are permanently tired. If every day is a struggle to keep your eyes open and your mind sharp, you should take a look at your health. While these are the more serious reasons you could be permanently tired, there is also the less serious but just as frustrating reason: you need a new mattress. Sometimes the simplest solutions can end up changing your life.
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