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Always tired? 9 reasons you may have trouble staying awake
Getting too much sleep and other unlikely culprits than can leave you drowsy
Published Thursday, August 1, 2013
by The Chicago Defender

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Can't stay awake? Experts say getting too much sleep can be the culprit. You might also want to cut back on the caffein

Are you always asking, “Why am I so tired?” Do you have trouble staying awake?

Most of us know what it’s like to be tired, especially when we have a cold, flu or some other viral infection. But when you suffer from a constant lack of energy and ongoing fatigue, it may be time to check with your doctor.

Fatigue is a lingering tiredness that is constant and limiting. With fatigue, you have unexplained, persistent, and relapsing exhaustion. It’s similar to how you feel when you have the flu or have missed a lot of sleep.

If you have chronic fatigue, you may wake in the morning feeling as though you’ve not slept. Or you may be unable to function at work or be less productive at home because you are too exhausted to manage your daily affairs.

In most cases, there’s a reason for the fatigue. Here are 9 reasons why you might be tired:

1. You drink too much coffee

If you rely on caffeine to get through your day, you can develop a dependency. So without it, you can go into withdrawal, needing several cups of coffee or tea just to feel “normal.”

To make matters worse, caffeine can still course through your system when you’re sleeping if you’ve had any coffee or tea in the evening, which can interfere with normal REM sleep and leave you feeling even more tired. An easy solution is to cut back on the amount of caffeine you consume during the day and steer clear of caffeinated beverages within hours of your bedtime.

2. You don’t eat breakfast

There’s a reason that breakfast is called the most important meal of the day. Yet, so many of us still skip it on a regular basis, or we just cram down a few pieces of toast before heading out the door to start our day. Taking the time to fit in breakfast every morning will help you avoid that mid-afternoon crash.

3. You don’t exercise

It may seem counter intuitive, but exercising produces all kinds of helpful bio-chemicals that ward off fatigue and help you feel upbeat throughout the day. Think of it as positive feedback: the more energy you put in, the more you get out.

4. You keep poor sleep patterns

Sleepiness is not the same as fatigue, but one of the most common causes of tiredness is simply not sleeping enough. In addition, keeping irregular sleeping patterns and even sleeping too much can also make you feel tired. To get back on the right track, get into a routine of sleeping at consistent times and getting only as much sleep as you really need. You’ll be surprised how much better you will feel.

5. You’re carrying extra weight

In addition to making your bones and body bear a greater burden of weight, obesity can result in sleep apnea and disrupt your sleep. Individuals who suffer from sleep apnea can experience pauses in their breathing dozens—or even hundreds—of times in a single night. Sleep apnea can also potentially result in heart problems. If you are concerned about sleep apnea, be sure to speak with your doctor.

6. You might be pregnant

One of the first changes to your body when you’re pregnant is a sudden change to your sleeping habits and energy levels. Pregnancy has a serious impact on your body, and feelings of fatigue during your first trimester are very common. If you normally stay up past midnight but find yourself suddenly wanting to crash out at 9 p.m., pregnancy could be a factor. Sleep can also be challenging for new moms, who suddenly have to adjust to the sleep schedule of their baby.

7. You suffer from iron deficiency

A diet low in iron is often to blame for feeling tired—a lack of red meat in the diet of vegetarians and vegans can result in iron deficiency. However, people who cut out animal products from their diet do not automatically have low energy levels. In addition, people who eat meat can still suffer from low iron, especially if they skimp on wholesome foods like spinach, organ meats and eggs. Women are particularly prone to anemia because of menstruation.

8. It could signal the onset of diabetes

Diabetes is reaching epidemic levels in America, and extreme fatigue or lack of energy can be symptoms of the condition. However, many people who develop type 2 Diabetes will show no symptoms. So it is recommended that everyone over the age of 40 have their blood sugar levels tested at least every three years as a precautionary measure.

9. You’ve started a new medication

Fatigue is one of the most common side effects of pharmaceutical medications, with anti-hypertensives, narcotics, anxiolytics and antidepressants being the most common culprits. When you first begin a new medication, give your body some time to adjust. However, if drowsiness persists for several weeks and begins to interfere with your daily life, it’s time to see a doctor.


Up yours
Posted on February 14, 2017
I've been to the doctor several times, every test comes normal. Yet I fall asleep during the day all the time. I do excise, but alittle over weight wish I had a answer to this
Posted on January 31, 2017
I don't no what's wrong with me I can't stay awake getting worse I'm falling to all
Sleep within 5 min
Posted on January 5, 2017
Isn't there a full work-up/clinical test to determine all and any related causes?
Posted on November 20, 2016
There are a few reasons you are feeling tired without any reason. One of them is anemia, which is a lack of red blood cells and conversely, oxygen from the lungs is not properly brought to the tissues and cells. Anemia may be caused by deficiency of vitamins or minerals, internal bleeding or chronic diseases. Women who are at ?that time? of the month are susceptible to anemia as blood is lost during menstruation. Still, iron deficiency due to menstruation is less than in pregnant women or lactating mothers, as their body needs extra iron to maintain healthy blood levels. Things may also go wrong when your thyroid glands refuse to cooperate with you. Thyroid hormones, thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) are responsible for metabolic processes in the body. Too much thyroid hormone causes hyperthyroidism which speeds up metabolism while too little thyroid hormone slows down metabolism. Hyperthyroidism causes fatigue and muscle weakness and starts in the thighs. Doing energy demanding activities become difficult and other symptoms include weight loss, feeling warm, shorter menstruations, increased heart rate and thirst. Hypothyroidism also causes fatigue and muscle weakness. The symptoms are reversed to hyperthyroidism such as weight gain, feeling cold and longer menstruations. Diabetes, notorious for causing a range of problems in the body, is also related to fatigue. As glucose is the staple fuel of the body, it is not utilized properly in patients with type 2 diabetes as the absence of insulin causes the glucose to build up in the body. Without its staple fuel, the tissues of the body are not nourished properly and causes fatigue. Sadly, being sad can also be the reason you feel tired. Depression induces negative feelings and also has negative effects on the body as it causes a reduction in energy levels, changes in sleep and eating patterns, decreased concentration and overall laziness and worthlessness which keeps you in bed all day.
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Posted on November 4, 2016
I am 55 & have had hepa hepatitis B 35years ago. I have always had insomnia issues. In the last few months, I can't stay awake. No other changes (in meds, schedule, diet, ect.), in at least 18 months. Why can't I stay awake?
Posted on July 26, 2016
I wish i found this when i was 20, i would say half the items could apply to me. everyone just told me I was lazy and didnt believe me. my mom was a nurse too, can you believe the irony?
Posted on July 19, 2016
I wake up in morning bad migraine, take kids to school then back to sleep pick kids up back to sleep and I can't stop tired constantly don't kno what's wrong with me
Posted on January 15, 2016
I eat right. ..I get enough sleep...not to much caffeine. ..not medication. ...so why do I just fall asleep. ..all the time....I can't get anything done. ..Help...
Posted on December 11, 2015
I set myself on fire as I am a smoker and don't realise until I wake up or am woken by being burnt obviously that doesn't always happen I'm not a chain smoker but I just can't predict or stop it. Its exhaustion personified.
Posted on June 8, 2015
Well I know mine is caused because the link to why people think things is interesting and their presentation is usually nonexistent. I do not commit time to discovering this ever because that's a lot of work so it should be up to the presenter to shock me with iconic information and circumstances. When I run into material that hasn't been presented in a thoughtful way to establish the history or context, it disengages me to the point I fall asleep or get that tired because I stay engaged in actual interactive things til late most often. It's people's boringness that can't be cured so I am seeking a how to develope spontaneous curiosity. Because I learned people's original interest when they are boring was done in a way where they were fully rested and also bored so their motivation is double boring.
Posted on January 31, 2015
I try to fall asleep anytime I am not up and doing a task, ie. driving, in a meeting, or just sitting for 5 min, I'm not diabetic, I get 7 hours of sleep a night, I get lots of excirsize at work, I only drink 1 cup of coffee a day.. I don't drink alcohol , or take any prescription meds, no high or low blood pressure.
Posted on October 14, 2014
I would add a number 10: which would be for fatigue during allergy season especially when it is very high and now also include corn pollination
Posted on August 1, 2014
This is all a bunch of horsecrap. lack of energy is most likely the cause of not drinking enough red bull and having enough cheap meaningless sex.
Posted on July 23, 2014

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