Why Am I So Tired? – And What To Do To Get Results
“Why am I so tired?” Some could call this the question of the century.
Modern conveniences make it seem like life’s easier nowadays, with so much more time to enjoy it. But the truth is: we’ve paid a price for these conveniences.
They help cut corners for the sake of the “hustle and bustle.” But these same conveniences drain us of our energy!
We need to honestly ask ourselves: why are we such a tired society today?
WHY AM I SO TIRED? COMMON REASONS
We hear it at work, at home, and especially in the morning: “I’m so tired.”
But why do so many people feel tired?
It could be unhealthy indulgences from the previous day or evening. It could be poor diet. It could even be a high-stress lifestyle—too many commitments or too many ambitions and goals.
Now more than ever, there are tons of reasons to be tired. If this question comes up, the following are likely causes—with some tips to overcome them.
LACK OF QUALITY SLEEP
This is probably the most obvious cause. If people don’t get deep and restorative sleep on a regular basis, it can really show as sleepiness, tiredness, sluggish thoughts, and overall low energy during the day.
Some tips to restore sleep-caused tiredness: try to establish a consistent sleeping routine, even on weekends.
Avoid drinking alcohol or exercising too late right before bed. This can interrupt deep sleep patterns.
Try resetting the circadian clock by watching the sunrise as often as possible.
If insomnia is the real problem, try some calming and relaxing herbal remedies.
TOO MUCH STRESS
Too amped up during the day? It’s hard to come down from that stress at night. Even during daytime, stress is draining and energy-consuming.
If there’s too much of it, it’s time to start taming stress. Too much stress can cause high cortisol levels, which in turn lead to all sorts of health problems—including adrenal fatigue but also just general tiredness.
Stress-relief tips: try meditation, mindfulness techniques, and scheduling invaluable downtime. Strengthening social support helps, as well as endocrine-boosting natural remedies.
DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY
If the question “why am I so tired?” comes up often—with no other health problems, but plenty of emotions and mood disturbances—it might be high time to consider depression and anxiety.
If tiredness accompanies hopelessness and emptiness, it could be depression. With irritability, fear, and panic attacks—it could be anxiety.
If tiredness and issues persist, it may be time to seek therapy.
LACK OF NUTRIENTS
Besides the mental stuff, tiredness could be from not eating well. Many nutrient deficiencies have tiredness as a side effect, and without proper nutrition, the body struggles to keep energy levels up and maintaining alertness.
Combating lack of nutrients is obvious: one simply needs to eat a diet with lots more nutrient-dense foods.
If that’s not the problem, it’s possible that digestion isn’t absorbing nutrition adequately enough. If that’s the case, it may be time to take better care of gut health.
Though tiredness can be caused by “not enough” nutrition, it can also be caused by excess of certain foods—bad foods.
Diets with too much sugar and processed foods have side effects like tiredness. Same goes for high gluten diets.
Dealing with tiredness from a poor diet: obviously, it’s prudent to cut these foods from one’s diet. Eating foods rich in dietary fiber and resistant starches also help restore energy and combat effects like tiredness from bad food choices over the long-term.
NOT ENOUGH WATER
Food aside, the amount of water we drink has huge impacts on energy levels.
A common tip: when tired and hungry, drink at least one 8-ounce glass of water before eating anything. If tiredness and hunger go way, dehydration may have been the problem instead.
The solution to dehydration? Hydrate! Drink more water on a daily and routine basis.
It’s especially important to drink clean, purified water as your primary hydration source. It makes all the difference in energy and tiredness.
LACK OF EXERCISE
Let’s say there’s plenty of nutritious food and water in one’s routine, but tiredness is still a problem. The missing link here could be lack of exercise.
Yes, it’s hard to want to exercise with low energy to start with—it can be hard to tie on those sneakers, get out the door, go to the gym, take that jog, etc.
Once people start moving their bodies on the regular though, it’s amazing how loads of energy follow—and how quickly tiredness fades away. You can start by trying a simple daily stretching routine.
Another thing that may be helpful is herbal remedies that may help to boost energy levels (such as ATP ENER-G).
IT COULD BE LOW IMMUNITY
Feeling tired and getting sick a lot from colds and flu? It could be that the immune system is the problem.
Immune systems struggle for many reasons. If getting sick a lot and having long recovery times are all contributing to that tiredness, start taking care of immunity—it’s important.
How to boost the immune system: follow a diet and lifestyle that keep chronic inflammation down.
MEDICATION SIDE EFFECTS
A lot of us are on (or need) medications. It’s just a fact of life.
Unfortunately, tiredness can range from being a pesky to a very debilitating medication side effect, depending on the medication and the person. Medications sometimes just cause simple low energy problems—but can also lead to debilitating exhaustion, too.
Experiencing tiredness from medication? Discuss these with a doctor.
The problem could be resolved by tweaking dosage amounts, combination, or even changing medication entirely—whatever the doctor ends up recommending.
EXPOSURE TO TOO MANY NNEMF’S
One aspect of modern reality that contributes to tiredness (even more than we realize) could be due to wireless devices and their electromagnetic frequencies all around us.
Laptops, smartphones, tablets…the list goes on. According to science, these electromagnetic frequencies (EMF’s) cause lots of subtle (though sometimes major) health changes, including more tiredness.
How to cut down nnEMF exposure: turn off wireless devices at night, keep them out of sleeping areas, or avoid nnEMF’s (especially 5G) altogether—install fiber optic instead.
BLUE LIGHT EXPOSURE
EMF’s are one tiredness-causing problem from devices. Turns out the effects of blue light exposure are another.
Tablets, laptops, televisions, and smartphones are designed to emit blue light. That’s great for streaming content, but bad for health if done too much— and it especially depletes our energy levels.
What’s the solution? Shutting off blue light devices and screens well before bed is shown to reduce morning tiredness and grog. Blue light blocking glasses are shown to be very helpful here, too.
WHY AM I SO TIRED? SERIOUS REASONS
Above are the most common reasons why one may experience chronic tiredness.
Chances are that if tiredness reigns supreme in one’s life, there’s a simple change (or two, or three) that can be made in diet and lifestyle to improve it.
If tiredness isn’t getting better, though, it may be due to a health condition.
Beyond diet and lifestyle, if tiredness isn’t budging, it may be time to look into the following possibilities—and talk about them with the right health professional.
IT COULD BE HEART HEALTH
Chances are poor heart health is caused by diet and lifestyle factors.
If tiredness persists even after improving these (and if blood pressure is high), tiredness could be due to poor heart health—which may need more than the ordinary changes to fix.
What to do: talk to a doctor if there are any suspicions that heart health is struggling or contributing to tiredness symptoms.
BLOOD SUGAR OR DIABETES ISSUES
Like heart health, blood sugar issues (which can eventually lead to type 2 diabetes) are an endless source of fatigue.
Unnatural blood sugar spikes are followed by tiredness and energy crashes that, to people with such issues, are often quickly solved with a quick sugar fix—but over time, this can be harmful.
What to do: If suspecting blood sugar spikes and crashes, start monitoring blood sugar with a glucose meter.
If these worsen, talk to a doctor about a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. Try natural diabetes-supporting herbal remedies.
The possibility of autoimmune conditions loom large if tiredness and immune issues don’t seem to go away—and if tiredness ranges near extreme exhaustion and fatigue.
If pain, inflammation, low immunity, chronic fatigue, brain fog, and symptoms of illnesses like multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, or others accompany tiredness, investigate if the tiredness is due to autoimmunity.
What to do: talk to a doctor about testing and diagnosing for an autoimmune illness.
Diet and lifestyle changes, plus immune-boosting herbs, may provide support at home.
Though technically thyroid conditions are autoimmune illnesses, they also make a category all their own.
It’s worth mentioning that some thyroid conditions are barely noticeable. Some are only identifiable by how tired they make those who experience them—so if tiredness accompanies common thyroid symptoms, try getting the thyroid checked.
What to do: ask a doctor about getting a thyroid panel test.
People underestimate sleep apnea. It’s a tiredness-causing problem many tend to overlook—or, in some instances, not even notice.
Those who live alone have the hardest time considering sleep apnea. It’s often heard and pointed out by others: partners, spouses, family, or roommates.
What to do: If experiencing chronic tiredness and having sleep apnea pointed out by those who live with you, talk to a doctor.
If experiencing tiredness for no other obvious reason, also talk to a doctor to discuss sleep apnea treatments.
Maintaining good liver health can be important to keeping up energy and dispelling tiredness.
Poor diet choices, but especially alcohol consumption, can lead to liver health diseases known to generate fatigue as a symptom. These include hepatitis and fatty liver disease.
What to do: look out for symptoms of liver disease along with tiredness if liver health is a suspicion. Talk to a doctor if symptoms are serious.
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