Why You Feel Tired All the Time

The Energy Enigma

Feeling tired all the time is a common complaint. It’s a symptom that can be caused by many different factors, often making it difficult to pinpoint the exact cause. Let’s delve into some of the reasons why you might be feeling tired all the time.

The Sleep Factor

One of the most common reasons for feeling tired is simply not getting enough sleep. Adults should get at least 7 hours of sleep per night for optimal health. Insomnia, a condition that causes difficulty falling or staying asleep, can lead to chronic tiredness. It can have several causes, including menopause, medical conditions, psychological stress, poor sleeping environments, and excessive mental stimulation.

The Nutrient Deficiency Dilemma

Nutrient deficiencies may lead you to feel exhausted daily, even if you’re getting more than 7 hours of sleep. Deficiencies in the following nutrients have been linked to fatigue: iron, riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin (vitamin B3), pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), folate (vitamin B9), vitamin B12, vitamin D, vitamin C, and magnesium.

The Stress-Strain

Although some stress is normal, chronic stress can lead to fatigue. Chronic stress may lead to stress-related exhaustion disorder (ED), a medical condition characterized by psychological and physical symptoms of exhaustion. Furthermore, chronic stress may cause structural and functional changes in your brain and lead to chronic inflammation, contributing to symptoms like fatigue.

The Lifestyle Link

An unhealthy lifestyle, such as having an unhealthy diet and not getting much exercise, can also contribute to feelings of tiredness. Certain food and drink choices can often lead to a feeling of fatigue. One unexpected source of fatigue is being sedentary. Research shows that simply going for a walk can boost one’s energy by 20%.

The Bottom Line

If you’re feeling overly tired or have little energy, you’re not alone. Fatigue may be caused by simple factors like a lack of sleep or coming down with a cold or the flu. However, it can also be caused by underlying health conditions. In most cases, fatigue can be remedied by lifestyle or dietary modifications, correcting a nutrient deficiency, or treating an underlying medical condition. Still, to improve fatigue, you need to get to the bottom of what’s causing it.