It’s not unusual to be constantly tired in this day and age. Even with all of our modern luxuries and conveniences, for many of us, life has never been more demanding. Trying to balance a family, social life, and career is hard work, and of course, it is only ourselves that suffer. Being constantly fatigued is really bad for your health, so it is important to ask the question ‘how tired is too tired?’ and what are the likely causes of this constant need to sleep?
Being constantly tired is described as being fatigued. This is a situation where you mind and body always suffer from a lingering tiredness, and you often have unexplained relapses of exhaustion. Whilst this is quite a severe form of tiredness, even being slightly fatigued will impact both your health and lifestyle.
The best way to address being constantly tired is to understand the cause. That way you can solve the problem at the root. With this in mind, here are some of the top causes of being constantly in need of sleep.
Most people would probably imagine that exercising would tire you out, but skipping out on exercise when you are tired will actually make things worse. The University of Georgia found that exercise boosts natural strength and energy levels, improving the endurance of those who exercises over those who did not. This basically means that exercising improves the cardiovascular system, which in turn improves oxygen and nutrient delivery around the body, making you feel much less tired. So it may be hard to exercise when already tired, but it is well worth it in the long run.
Anaemia is condition that effects oxygen levels in the blood. Basically, it is an iron deficiency. Iron is required to produce haemoglobin, which is used within the blood to transport oxygen. When you are not getting enough oxygen being pumped around your body, your tissue cells cannot operate properly, and it results in a constant fatigue. If you are constantly feeling tired, then it may be worth assessing the amount of iron you are getting in your diet.
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Even being slightly dehydrated (as little as 2% fluid loss), can dramatically effect fatigue. Once again, it comes down to oxygen within the blood. When you become dehydrated, the blood becomes thicker, making the heart much less efficient at pumping it around the body, and in turn making oxygen transport harder. You should be drinking at least 2 litres of water a day, split at regular intervals.
This basically means you are not getting enough sleep. Be it poor work life balance, or simply spending all night partying, you are using more energy that your body is able to create – effectively burning yourself out. If you think this could be you then it is time to reassess your priorities and lifestyle. Try going to bed earlier, change your evening plans and stop taking your work home with you. You should be trying to get between 6 – 8 hours of sleep on a regular basis.
This is one of the worst mistakes to make. It is no exaggeration when people say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. When you wake up your metabolism and blood sugar are at their lowest. In order to make it through the day with high levels of energy, you need to kick-start your body back into gear with a healthy and well balanced breakfast.
No matter if it’s in the work place or in your personal life, being a perfectionist can work against you. It can make you work harder and longer then is actually necessary to get the job done well, and if you take the time to notice, you will probably find that all the extra worrying and fussing actually makes very minimal difference to the overall result.
Heavily processed junk foods have very little nutritional value, and are often loaded with excess sugar and carbs. This creates sugar spikes, which can give you rapid short boosts of energy, followed by plummeting fatigue. What makes this worse is that it is borrowed energy that does nothing to boost natural energy levels – avoid junk foods at all costs.
We all have all probably experienced first had how drowsy alcohol can make us, so it is only logical that it can help us sleep, right? Wrong. Although alcohol can make us drowsy, it greatly effects our quality of sleep, making us sleep much lighter than we normally would - preventing the body from actually getting the rest it needs.
Although technology has revolutionised our lives, too much of it, especially before bed, can make it very hard to get a good night’s sleep. This is because it often produces man made light, which keeps us awake. Light regulates melatonin within the body, which in turn helps tell the body when it is time for sleep. When you stare at a screen in bed, it prevents the body from winding down, and can have you feeling tired the next day.
Caffeine is held in extremely high regards when it comes to boosting energy, yet it is one of the worst things you can take. Although a cup of coffee in the morning does get you going, it works against you in two ways. Firstly, caffeine is borrowed energy, so as soon as it fades away, the body plummets back to pre-caffeine levels. This means when you rely on caffeine to get through the day, the body isn’t actually getting what it need to run in a healthy manner. Secondly, not only does caffeine act as a borrowed source of energy, it actively reduces your natural energy levels by inhibiting the processes in which natural energy is created. This makes caffeine a very dangerous downward spiral, especially for those already fatigued.
Hopefully using the above points you will be able to figure out what is making you so tired. By reassessing your lifestyle, you can dramatically boost energy levels and get yourself back on form. However, if you are suffering from long term chronic fatigue, then your safest bet is to talk to a doctor.