We all tend to blame being tired on a too-busy lifestyle and we are actually right a lot of the time. There are however situations where some people feel perpetually tired or they cant seem to stop asking themselves “why am I so tired?”
If you fall into this category, you may want to give yourself about 2 to 3 weeks to make some lifestyle changes such as getting more sleep, trimming your social calendar, eating more wholesome foods, drinking more fluids, and cutting back on caffeine and alcohol.
If you’re still feeling the symptoms of fatigue after those changes, then you may require professional help. Excess exhaustion could be the sign of a more serious medical condition that can be treated.
Here are some common problems that cause you to be perpetually tired that you need to know about.
The fatigue caused by anaemia is the result of a lack of red blood cells, which bring oxygen from your lungs to your tissues and cells. You may feel weak and short of breath.
Anaemia may be caused by an iron or vitamin deficiency, blood loss, internal bleeding, or a chronic disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, or kidney failure.
Women of childbearing age are especially susceptible to iron-deficiency anemia because of blood loss during menstruation and the body’s need for extra iron during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Feeling tired all the time is a major symptom of being anaemic. Others include extreme weakness, difficulty sleeping, lack of concentration, rapid heartbeat, chest pains, and headache. Simple exercise, such as climbing the stairs or walking short distances, can cause fatigue.
When your thyroid hormones are out of control, even everyday activities will get you easily tired. The thyroid gland is found in the front of the neck and produces hormones that control metabolism. If you have too much thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism), your metabolism speeds up. Too little (hypothyroidism), and metabolism slows down.
Hyperthyroidism causes muscle fatigue and weakness, which you may notice first in the thighs. Unexplained weight loss, feeling warm all the time, increased heart rate, shorter and less frequent menstrual flows, and increased thirst are symptoms of hyperthyroidism.
Hypothyroidism causes fatigue, an inability to concentrate, and muscle soreness, even with minor activity. Other symptoms may include weight gain due to water retention, feeling cold all the time (even in warmer weather), heavier and more frequent menstrual flows, and constipation.
A lot of people do not even know that they have type 2 diabetes. Sugar, also called glucose, is the fuel that keeps your body going. And that means trouble for people with type 2 diabetes who can’t use glucose properly, causing it to build up in the blood.
Without enough energy to keep the body running smoothly, people with diabetes often notice fatigue as one of the first warning signs.
Aside from feeling tired all the time , other signs of diabetes include excessive thirst, frequent urination, hunger, weight loss, irritability, yeast infections, and blurred vision.
Depression is a major illness that has the ability to affect the way a person sleeps, eats and feels about themselves. Without treatment, the symptoms of depression may last for weeks, months, or even years.
People experience depression differently. But commonly, depression can cause decreased energy, changes in sleeping and eating patterns, problems with memory and concentration, and feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, and negativity.
This baffling condition causes a strong fatigue that comes on quickly. People who suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) feel too tired to carry on with their normal activities and are easily exhausted with little exertion.
Other signs include headache, muscle and joint pain, weakness, tender lymph nodes, and an inability to concentrate. Chronic fatigue syndrome remains puzzling, because it has no known cause.
You may have sleep apnea if you wake up feeling tired no matter how much rest you think you got. Sleep apnea is a disorder characterized by brief interruptions of breathing during sleep.
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type and it occurs when your upper airway actually closes or collapses for a few seconds, which, in turn, alerts your brain to wake you up to begin breathing again. A person with obstructive sleep apnea may stop breathing dozens or even hundreds of times a night.
Sleep apnea is often signaled by snoring and is generally followed by tiredness the next day. Because sleep apnea can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke, it’s important to be tested.