If you are wondering why you are always tired, you are not alone. About a third of all people feel tired regularly.
That said, it is not normal, and there are a few things that could be making you feel tired all the time. Some of these are medical, while others are because of your lifestyle.
Below, we will look at some common reasons why you feel tired all the time and offer some suggestions to get your energy back.
A Sedentary Lifestyle
Inactivity has been shown to be a cause of low energy and feeling tired all the time. The paradox, in this case, is that you feel too tired to exercise but know that exercise could help you get your energy back.
Exercise can reduce fatigue, especially among older people, and increase your endurance levels, especially if you have or are at risk of having chronic fatigue syndrome.
To get your energy levels up and keep them up, try to exercise for at least 30 minutes. If you find this hard to do, especially if you are used to a sedentary lifestyle, start slow. Start with shorter intervals of less intense exercise cycles and increase the intervals and intensity as you go.
Besides helping you to stop feeling tired all the time, exercise has other benefits, and thinking about them might give you the push you need to start exercising.
Not Sleeping Well
A lot of people who feel tired all the time do not realize that they are not getting the right kind of sleep. Yes, you might get the eight to nine hours that are recommended, but it may not be good quality sleep.
To get the rest you need, you need to maximize the amount of time you spend in REM sleep. To do this, you can start by finding a mattress that is comfortable and that supports your whole body well.
A mattress that is comfortable to sleep on will allow you to not only get asleep faster but will also improve the quality of your sleep.
Consuming Refined Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates are a quick source of energy, but highly refined carbohydrates can make you feel tired throughout the day.
When you consume highly refined carbohydrates, your body must work hard to break them down. The body, therefore, consumes a lot of energy breaking these carbohydrates down, leaving too little of it for other processes, which makes you feel tired all the time.
Also, highly refined carbohydrates can cause rapid swings in your blood glucose levels which can make you feel tired. To remedy this, try to increase the amount of whole foods you consume. These include legumes, vegetables and other foods rich in fiber.
Consuming Too Few Calories
Calories are a measure of how many units of energy different foods contain. Calories determine how much fuel your body has for its various processes. If you consume too few of them, you will not have enough energy, and will, therefore, feel tired all the time.
Try to see a nutritionist so they can calibrate your diet to ensure you get the required amounts of calories you need throughout the day.
Psychological issues such as depression and anxiety can make you feel tired throughout the day. They can also cause insomnia, which would lead to not getting the quality of sleep you need. If you have any of these issues, see a qualified doctor so they can help you.
Although feeling tired all the time is common, it is not normal. There are various causes of it, and the good news is that it is easy to get – and keep – your energy levels up.
Ensure you identify the reasons you feel tired all the time and get the right interventions for all of them.