Why Am I Always Tired
12 Causes Of Mental Fatigue
Are you a morning person?? do you jump out of bed ready to deal with whatever life throws at you, or do you crawl out from under the sheets, already thinking of going back to bed…
If you fall into the second category do not worry, you are not alone…its little wonder in todays hectic world that we can all feel like this… between balancing work, looking after the family, household chores, bills etc etc its litt;e wonder that so many people feel tired virtually all of the time..
Experts say however that feeling tired is not solely down to overdoing things or packing too much into our day… the Royal College of Psychiatrists suggest that an average of 1 out of every 5 people have prolonged symptoms of fatigue, with women being the larger group..
For many, perpetual tiredness can be easily corrected, but for some, the problem can be more serious…
Here Are The 12 Main Reasons For Not Sleeping
Lack Of Sleep – sounds silly but not allowing enough time for sleeping simply compounds the problem… if you are a night owl and like staying up late either working, looking online or watching TV, its pretty certain that this habit is reducing the amount of sleep you are getting…
We all need certain amounts of sleep to make sure we function correctly.. as babies we often need up to 16 hrs sleep a day, as we get older, most of realistically need an average of 7-8 hours sleep, but most of us fail to even get 5 or 6 hours..
Not Eating Enough – Another simple and when you think about it, obvious cause of tiredness… if you start off each day with a sugar rich breakfast like a donut or pastry your blood sugar will pack very quickly and then crash, leaving you feeling lethargic… Instead start the day with a healthy breakfast asked with protein and complex carbohydrates like eggs and wholemeal toast.. this will help provide you with a stable and longer lasting energy source..
Anaemia – More common in women, but can also effect men….. Anaemia is when the body doesn’t have enough red blood cells to carry sufficient oxygen around the body to feed the brain, muscles and organs.
Treatment is often diet based, with suffered being advised to increase their intake of foods rich in iron such as lean meats, shellfish, and certain cereals that are high in iron… you can also take iron supplements if suggested by a doctor..
Underactive Thyroid – The thyroid gland is responsible for controlling the speed that you body converts fuel to energy… when it becomes under-active, your body responds by putting on weight and leaving you feeling tired with very little energy… this is up to 5 times more likely to affect women, especially those over 40 years old.. fortunately this can be diagnosed with a simple blood test and usually can be treated with hormone therapy…
CFS – Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – also known as Myalgic Encephalopathy (ME) is a condition that effects over 250,000 in the UK alone its main symptom is chronic, often unexplained fatigue.
Currently there is no direct cure for this problem, but sufferers have responded well to better sleeping habits and also regular exercise
Sleep Apnoea – more common in middle aged men, particularly those who are overweight.. this condition robs you of your sleep without you even realising it… sleep apnoea briefly stops your breathing many times during the night, this disturbs your sleep even though you may not be aware of it.. ultimately this drastically reduces the amount of hours you actually spend sleeping, leaving suffers feeling constantly tired and drained… Things usually improve if the person involved loses weight, reduces any alcohol consumption and starts exercising regularly.. there are devices that suffered can wear if the problem becomes severe, these bare usually recommend d by doctors in severe cases
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) – more common in women, the pain and discomfort from UTI’s can often mean the constant need to get out of bed and urinate, breaking up your sleep and leaving you feeling tired..
Food Intolerances – Any intolerance to food can end up leaving you feeling well and fatigues.. some suffered find that they get particular;y tired after eating certain foods…. the key – dont eat them anymore…doctors can sometimes suggest an elimination diet where you cut out certain foods in a controlled pattern to try and discover the source of your tiredness.
Those with Coeliac disease are particularly at risk of increase fatigue.
Diabetes – When you suffer from diabetes, the sugar from the foods that you eat stay in the bloodstream and are not converted into fuel for energy… this basically means that even if you eat enough foods, the body effectively runs out of energy leaving you feeling very tired… Persistent fatigue is classic symptom of diabetes and if you feel tired constantly, you should speak to your doctor
Heart Disease – fatigue is a classic sign of early onset of heart problems.. if you feel constantly tired even though you feel that you have enough sleep, go see your doctor
Glandular Fever – a common viral infection that causes fever, sore throat, swollen glands and chronic tiredness.. most affected are the young, particularly teenagers.
Stress, Anxiety And Depression – Periods of stress and depression do not just cause emotional symptoms.. it can cause physical symptoms too.. headaches, reduced appetite and fatigue are most common effects….it can be what is known as a circular complaint too… tiredness, lack of sleep through worry, can only lead to more anxiety and stress, which leads to more tiredness, which then leads to – you guessed it.. more stress, anxiety and more fatigue…
The NHS in the UK believe that 1 in 3 people suffer from stress related sleeping problems.. if left untreated, this can lead to more serious health problems..
Stress and Anxiety can sometimes be caused by a reduction in two hormones… Serotonin and Dopamine.. known as the ‘feel good hormones’, healthy levels of both these two can help boost moods, sleep quality and general well being….
Most doctors agree that while its important to make sure that there are no inherent medical problems ( inc the ones listed above) , in most cases however, the cause of tiredness and sleeping problems are caused by peoples day to day expectations, trying to cram too much into their days, balancing work, with busy home lives, paying bills etc…
To help improve your sleep quality and by direct effect, your health, there are somethings that you can introduce into your lives..
Firstly… Try and build time for relaxation into your day.. take time out, take a walk, lie in sometimes.., read a book, or just sit, switch off and chill out…
Secondly…A good natural nootropic supplement can help in many ways.. they nourish the brain, helping it to perform more effectively, enabling you to think more clearly, solve problems easier, they also help to alleviate stress and anxiety by triggering the release of dopamine and serotonin, improving moods, helping you to feel more relaxed which will in turn help improve sleeping patterns…