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Why Am I Always Tired?

Tired Man
That is a great question. Unfortunately, there is no one right answer. There are dozens of reasons why a person may be tired all the time.

Some have to do with lifestyle, others are medical and still others may be due to stress or emotional issues. Everyone has a unique lifestyle, quality of health, body type, and stress level.

Therefore, the reason why you are always tired is probably unique to you.

The purpose of this site is to give you some insight into the possible reasons why you are always feeling tired in order to help you better understand why you are constantly tired.

Once you have determined why you are always tired you can take steps to overcome this feeling.

LIFESTYLE

Sleep related issues are always the prime suspect when you are suffering from chronic or severe fatigue. However, lack of sleep may not be the reason you’re tired.

Plenty of people get adequate sleep but are not able to slow down or manage stress during the day. Others do not relax or do not really know how to relax.

Stop Waking Up During the Night

SleepSleep is very important. If you are asking yourself, “Why am I so tired?” it’s quite possible that you are not getting enough sleep. When you don’t get enough sleep your body does not have a chance to feel any other way but tired.

Not getting enough quality sleep builds up a sort of “sleep debt” that leaves you feeling chronically tired. Determining how much sleep you need, your sleep cycles, and the best ways to get to sleep are unique to you but regardless of your individual situation, there are simple things you can do to help yourself stay asleep and stop waking throughout the night.

One of the biggest reasons people wake up in the night is because they have to go to the bathroom. No matter how urgently you need to go, you still are breaking your sleep cycle in order to relieve yourself. For most people, the reason for waking up is having too much to drink too late in the evening.

Hydration is very important and will help you feel less tired, but no matter how hydrated you are, if you wake up during the night to go to the bathroom, drinking all that water is contributing to making you tired rather than preventing it! The key is to make sure that you drink as much as you can earlier in the day.

Try not to drink anything after 8pm. If that does not work, slowly move that deadline earlier and earlier in the day until you find a time that allows you to drink enough water but stay asleep all night.

Another tip for sleeping through the night is to keep your bedroom cool, but not cold. When you are hot, it causes you to sweat. This will make you uncomfortable and will cause you to wake up. If you keep your bedroom cooler, but not cold, it will help you stay comfortable all night long.

Furthermore, you should use natural cotton sheets versus synthetic fabrics. Cotton sheets will breathe more, allowing you to stay cooler.
Sounds also tend to wake you up during the night. Although you grow accustomed to certain noises, they still prevent you from achieving a quality sleep.

One of the best solutions to this problem is to sleep with ear plugs in. However, if that is too uncomfortable, try a sound machine which emits “white” noise. This noise sounds like a radio that is not tuned to a station. The sound has an amazing ability to mask other sounds. Having this steady noise will help you achieve a deeper, more restful sleep.

If you have trouble falling asleep in the first place, try to establish a relaxing routine just before bedtime. Listen to relaxing music, do some simple stretching exercise or spend a few minutes meditating. You can also try an herbal sleep aid such as valerian or chamomile to help you relax before bedtime.

Manage Stress during the Day

You may be thinking “I am always tired” when the really problem is “I am always under stress.” Stress can be caused by many things.

If you have a demanding job or work long hours or if the responsibilities of managing a home overwhelm you, the stress of these situations will cause you to feel very tired.

If you deal with difficult people every day, whether they are family members or co-workers, the emotional tool of these encounters will also be stressful and draining. Or the cause of your stress may be something temporary that is going on in your life, such as moving, starting a new job or dealing or the loss of a loved one. Even something good like planning a vacation can be stressful!

There are several effective ways to manage stress. First, if you pay attention to your general health and take care of your body, it will be easier to deal with stressful situations. You can also use specific exercises like yoga and meditation or deep breathing when you are going through something stressful.

In fact, remembering to breathe is one of the most effective ways to manage stress. It may seem simple, but the first thing many people do without even realizing it when they are under stress is to slow or even stop breathing. If you don’t take deep breaths, you deprive your body of energy-giving oxygen.

No matter how busy you think you are, take time – even five minutes – for yourself each day. Find a comfortable place where you can relax with a cup of herbal tea or do a short meditation exercise, and make this a regular routine.

Taking a mid-morning and mid-afternoon break can help you recharge so you can face the rest of your stressful day without feeling drained or overwhelmed.

Exercise

If you’ve ever done any kind of exercise, you know that it can make you feel great. Of course, if you overdo it, exercise can actually contribute to your fatigue. But if you are always feeling tired, you may not be getting enough exercise. Exercise is important because it helps your blood flow and circulates oxygen through your body, and as mentioned, it is oxygen that gives you energy.

Many people who are constantly tired do not have a regular exercise routine. If this is the case for you, you may be thinking, “I’m too tired to exercise.” Or perhaps you think you are too busy to fit exercise into your day. Think again. Everyone has time to exercise. Even 20 minutes of moderate exercise per day can help to increase your energy level. If you think about it honestly, you probably waste more time than that on a daily basis dong something like flipping through TV channels, surfing the internet or gossiping on the phone.

Simple but energizing exercises include brisk walking, a few minutes of yoga sun salutations or even something as simple (and fun) as dancing in your living room to your favorite music! If you don’t believe in the power of exercise to energize you, try it just once the next time you feel drained. Take a brisk walk around the block and see if you don’t feel better, even for a short time. Now think how much better you will feel all day every day if you make exercise a part of your daily routine.

HEALTH AND YOUR ENERGY LEVEL

It makes sense that a healthy person has more energy than a person who suffers from any kind of illness. In fact, tiredness is a primary symptom of many medical conditions. If you are tired all the time and you have a generally healthy lifestyle, you may have an underlying medical condition that is causing your fatigue.

Here are five medical problems that may be the hidden cause of your fatigue. In addition to these, almost any kind of infection or illness can deplete your energy levels.

Sluggish Thyroid

Hypothyroidism, or “sluggish thyroid,” is a common problem, especially in women. Many people with low thyroid function are not even aware that they have the condition. The thyroid gland is responsible for producing hormones that control your metabolism. The more efficient your metabolism is, the higher your energy level will be. The most common sign that your thyroid is not functioning properly is fatigue.

Anyone who suffers from chronic fatigue that cannot be explained should have a blood test to determine if hypothyroidism is the culprit. Your doctor will test levels of two hormones, known as “T3” and “T4” to see if they are low. If a sluggish thyroid turns out to be the problem, the condition can easily be treated with hormone supplements.

Food Allergies

Fatigue can also be caused by allergies to certain ingredients commonly found in foods. If you have a food allergy, your body treats the ingredient as an invader and makes antibodies to fight it off, and all that “fighting” can be exhausting!

Common food allergies that cause fatigue include gluten (the protein in wheat products), dairy and soy allergies. If you suspect that you have a food allergy, try an elimination diet. First, keep a log of everything you eat. When you feel especially tired, notice what you ate 30 minutes to an hour earlier. If a pattern develops, eliminate that food from your diet completely and see if your energy improves.

Anemia

Your blood carries oxygen throughout your body via hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that is rich in iron. If you have an iron deficiency, your blood will not be able to do its job and you will feel exhausted because of oxygen deprivation.

Many women suffer from iron deficiency anemia during the reproductive years. This is especially true for women who bleed heavily when they menstruate. But even if you are not a menstruating woman, you can develop anemia if your iron intake is inadequate. Anemia can also develop if you do not have enough folate or vitamin B12 in your diet.

Your doctor can do a blood test to see if you are anemic. If you are, you can usually correct the problem with iron or vitamin supplements. If supplements do not help, you may need to find out if you are losing blood for some reason.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a condition in which you actually stop breathing for a moment now and then throughout the night. When this happens, your body reacts by waking just enough to get you to breathing again. If you have sleep apnea, you are not getting adequate rest because your sleep is continually interrupted.

One sign that you may have sleep apnea is snoring. If your partner has complained that you snore, check with your doctor to see if sleep apnea is suspected, especially if you always feel tired despite thinking you are sleeping through the night. Sleep apnea is caused by an obstructed airway and is more common in people who are overweight.

Certain lifestyle changes, like losing weight or quitting smoking if you smoke can correct the problem of sleep apnea. There are also devices that can keep your airway open while you sleep. If you have sleep apnea, it is very important to treat it because left untreated, this condition may increase your risk of a heart attack or stroke.

Undiagnosed Heart Disease

Fatigue is a hallmark sign of heart disease. If you are easily tired after activities that you used to be able to do with ease, such as walking up a flight of stairs, your heart may not be working up to par and may need to be evaluated for heart disease.

If your heart is not pumping blood efficiently, your tissues and organs are not getting enough oxygen. Heart disease causes fatigue in the same way that anemia and shallow breathing do. It leads to oxygen deprivation which exhausts the body.

MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL ISSUES

The answer to the question, “Why am I always so tired?” may also be that you are constantly under some kind of stress. The stress may be obvious, such as job-related stress or the challenge of moving, but it can also be related to a mood disorder such as anxiety or depression.

If you are always tired, do an internal check of your emotions. Are you often sad or disinterested in things that used to be pleasurable? If so, your fatigue may be related to clinical depression. Do you often feel anxious or worried? Then you may have an energy-robbing anxiety disorder. Tiredness is a symptom of both conditions. The good news is that both are treatable through a variety of methods including lifestyle changes, counseling and, if necessary, medication. If you think you are depressed or anxious, talk to your doctor.

TAKE SMALL STEPS

ChangeIt is often difficult to accept the need for change, and it can be even harder to actually make lasting changes. If you are already feeling exhausted, the idea of needing to change things in your life might seem completely overwhelming. This can be especially true when you are faced with making the lifestyle, health, diet, sleep, and other changes recommended throughout this site.

However, thing will not change if they stay the same! In other words, that feeling of “always tired, no energy” can only go away by making changes.

If you mind has been consumed with asking yourself why you always feel tired, then you are probably becoming more and more agitated. This agitation makes you prone to making desperate and often dramatic changes.

Unfortunately, dramatic changes usually don’t last and you will just be setting yourself up for failure. This failure may cause you to become depressed (or more depressed if depression is the cause of your fatigue), and you will begin to feel even more tired.

Instead of making dramatic changes, try taking smaller steps. If you are constantly tired, then there are probably several aspects of your life that should be changed. Instead of making all of these changes all at once, try addressing only one thing at a time.

If you are continuously asking yourself, “Why do I always feel so tired?” the first issue you should address is sleep. As you read above, there are many different facets to sleep that might need to be altered in order to eliminate your sleep debt.

The resources on this site will give you great guidance for making changes to your sleep habits in order to finally feel rested. However, even these changes should be made slowly in order to not increase your stress.

After you have addressed your sleep issues, you can begin to slowly improve your diet, amount of relaxation, exercise habits, and other aspects of your life that keep you always feeling tired.

Slowly, but surely, these small changes will begin having a profound effect on your body. Before you know it, you will be feeling more energized and youthful than you have in a long time.

Finding Your Unique Solution

It is time for you to stop saying, “I am always tired.” It is time for you to feel excited about life again. No matter how truly exhausted you are, you still have the power to overcome your condition.

Do not be overwhelmed, you can make yourself feel more alert, energized, and healthy.

The key is to learn more about the reasons behind your tiredness. As stated earlier, you are a unique person and that means the reasons for your tiredness are unique.

If you research tiredness while examining your circumstances, you will be able to find the answers you need. Not only will you determine the cause of your problem, you will discover your unique solution. You will be able to arm yourself with this information and permanently eradicate the feeling of tiredness.

End Tiredness ProgramThe purpose of this site and the tools provided here is to help you achieve this kind of comprehensive understanding of tiredness. One great resource on the site is the e-book End Tiredness Program.

This e-book discusses the factors which cause tiredness in great detail but in a way that is easy to understand and use. It will help you better understand which factors most affect your energy levels and determine your unique needs.

More importantly, End Tiredness Program will give you thorough instructions for the changes you need to make to overcome your fatigue. The program can be your essential guide to finally increasing your energy and feeling better than ever.




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  • lizzy November 11, 2010, 1:04 pm

    I was wondering if you had any other advise, as I am 25 and have always suffered with no energy/tiredness, and I feel like it really affects my life

    Please help!

    • Marc August 15, 2011, 7:34 pm

      The number 1 reason people don’t sleep is due to lack of water!
      Your body is made up of 60% of it!
      If it doesn’t have enough whater it starts to take water from other places like muscle etc so it cant get the water it needs for more important parts, its the same with the stuff in food. Its important to drink lots of water. Like 4 cups a day!

      • ashley November 17, 2011, 11:30 pm

        your body actually needs more like 8-10 cups of water a day. As far as not enough water being the reason for people being tired, probably not.

  • Jenn December 22, 2010, 1:32 pm

    I am 27 years old, I have no energy & tired constantly. I have to push myself to do things around the house & outside. The moment I hit the couch I don’t want to get up and do anything anymore and the moment I hit the bed, I’m out like a light! I sleep the whole night (I get 8 hours) & I still don’t want to wake up in the morning. I have never been a morning person but it doesn’t explain the tiredness through out the day! I eat healthy from time to time, not everyday, and do exercise when I have the energy. I can’t motivate myself to exercise since I’m so tired! I don’t have any weight gain….just wondering what’s wrong & what I can do to fix it!

    • Hillary August 13, 2011, 11:08 pm

      I am 28 yrs old and feel exactly the way you do…

    • misha September 7, 2011, 2:29 am

      i know exactly how you feel. im 18 and im always tired and or sleepy. all i want to do is sleep even when i dont believe i am

      • herb September 19, 2011, 12:34 am

        i am the same way,one minute i am fully awake and then the next minute i am asleep (but only for a few seconds or minutes) this really bothers me,i have been to the doc. and he wants me to do the sleep study . but i can’t afford the 7000 for the 2 day sleep study.

    • Tara November 4, 2011, 3:39 pm

      I am 27 and feel the same way as you Jenn! Since I’ve had my son, its gotten worse. I’ve tried a lot of the tips or tricks to fix it – starting an exercise routine, change my diet, I was on medication for depression, quit smoking, drink lots of water… Yet, I still feel the same and in the past 10 months have gained 60 pounds. I also noticed within the past year specifically that mentally I seem to have problems – become very forgetful, “spacey”, harder to focus and retain information. I’m in my 2nd year of online college and it has become so much harder – no because the classes have become harder per se, but harder for me to ‘read that chapter’ or recall the answers to a quiz that I should already know. I also have constant headaches, irratablility, and a grocery list of other issues that I’m sure ya’ll don’t wanna know, lol… The last time I seen a doctor was 2 years ago and they had wanted to test me for Hypothyroidism but my insurance got dropped and I never went back…

    • sherwy November 9, 2011, 6:12 pm

      Hi Jenn, sounds like you have a lack of oxygen carrying capacity.
      Get a blood sample test done to check your blood count.
      This should help at least. Try drinking oxygenated bottled water!

  • Terri December 30, 2010, 7:56 pm

    I went to the doctor complaining about always being tired and I’m young like yourself (23) she decided to put me on weekly B12 shots, one a week for 10 weeks, and it has help amazingly!

    • Isabelle August 24, 2011, 8:03 pm

      im only 17 and i have been to my doctor for at least 2 years about the b12 shots and they haven’t helped me

      • Roland November 21, 2011, 6:29 am

        Try doing a TSH (aka Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) Test and see if your levels are normal. I am HYPO which means I was always feeling sluggish no matter what time of the day it was until I did my test and went on meds, it worked! Don’t overdose on the Vitamin B12, one week shots are a bit much I think but then again Im not a doctor :)

  • DarkSkies January 7, 2011, 3:41 pm

    Hi please help. I am constantly tired but I do get sleep. I eat healthy and I go to the gym almost everyday. I do have an extremely stressful job. But I don’t think this affects me. I don’t drink caffeine or energy drinks. I take plenty of healthy vitimens but I’m still constantly tired. I feel as though I could fall asleep anytime anywhere it is starting to take over my life. Please can you help. Thanks.
    Email me Darkskiesxl@googlemail.com

  • K January 9, 2011, 8:10 pm

    hello lizzy yes im 25 also and i am always tired and have no energy also. This maybe due to serveral things such as sleeping patterns etc but what a find works for me is a little exercise maybe straight after work or in the morning! when ever you can realli! anyways good luck!

  • Dylan January 10, 2011, 2:29 am

    I am 15 and i am alwayyyyys tired nd yes i have to wake up early for school but i go to bed at around 10:30 every school night and still sleep in class nd take a nap wen i get home compared to my friends who stay up till 2 a.m. Nd still r fine through the day. Please email me with help if u cn

    • Bryson Hunt June 24, 2011, 9:51 pm

      Yeah, I’m 15 too, and I don’t ever sleep in class but I go home everyday and take a nap, but now that its summer, even when I sleep til 12 on someday, I’m still tired. I need answers just as much as you bro.

      • Kylee M July 7, 2011, 3:27 pm

        I’m also 15, I do the same thing. During the school year, I go to bed at 10ish, then wake up at 7. I also take a nap when I get home, but I’m still always tired! Do you think maybe we are tired because we get too much sleep? Sometimes during the summer, I get 15 hours or more, and I’m still tired the rest of the day.

    • Logon July 29, 2011, 12:48 am

      you know if you sleep too much, that could cause tiredness

    • Paige Lynn December 4, 2011, 3:02 pm

      I totally agree with you. I always do the right things like, go to sleep early and everything, but my best friend Bevin always goes to sleep around like two or three in the morning and is fine. It gets on my nerves, and how tired I am i’m not about to stay up that late cause I just fall alseep……

  • Carrie January 14, 2011, 10:09 am

    I came to a conclusion about the reason why I’m so tired all the time an all I want to do is sleep.. Me and my boyfriend have been fighting off an on for 2 weeks, I’ve realized ever since then i’ve been extremely exhausted, an very very depressed. This depression has caused me horrible fatigue an wanting to just sleep all the time, even though I had slept enough.. So I’m convinced my lack of energy has came from just that. Now the question is..do I have enough in me to change that, cause it is effecting my life.

  • Big C January 16, 2011, 5:51 am

    As the same as lizzy, I am 25 and for the past two years I have been tired. I am a male relatively thin/muscular and I work out at least 3x per week. My friends and coworkers say it is unnatural for someone my age to be as tired as I am. I have tried sunlight, working out, changing my diet, antidepressants, inhalers, coffee, antihistamines, sleeping more, etc. I have no clue what to do to relieve the unrelenting tiredness.

  • oscar January 27, 2011, 4:56 pm

    Any other ideas?im a 26 yr old guy w/3 kids and my being tired affects my everyday life im not even able to watch my own kids with out falling asleep regardless of how much sleep i’ve gotten the night before.
    thanks

  • Bobby January 28, 2011, 1:25 am

    I’ve felt excessively tired ever since I was diagnosed with mono 3 years ago. Th doctors say its no longer in my system so they cant understand why I’m still tired. I got diagnosed with mild sleep apnea, and just had surgery on my nose to help me sleep tired…but I’m still exhausted every day

    • Mike September 28, 2011, 2:07 pm

      Same here, Bobby. I have had mono twice (at 19 during college and again at 26). I am now 29 and tired constantly. The docs have ruled out thyroid problems and tell me my white blood count and blood tests appear normal. I am about to consult with a sleep specialist, but not confident they will find anything. I feel like I need to sleep 12+ hours a day just to feel rested and function!

    • Liz October 5, 2011, 6:54 pm

      I had mono at age 18 and have been very low energy ever since (I am now 38). I have had every test known to man and still have found no medical reason for the constant fatigue. I just know that the tiredness is linked to the mono somehow. I hope that someone will figure out the connection someday.

      • Casie November 2, 2011, 9:40 pm

        I’m 17 and had mono a year ago and since I have had little energy like you. It is awful, I also lost a lot of weight I haven’t been able to put back on. I’m always tired, take a nap after school everyday. I got a new mattress and sleep just as much as my brother but he is far from tired everyday. I don’t know what to do.

        • Paige Lynn December 4, 2011, 3:03 pm

          What is mono?

      • kat November 15, 2011, 3:20 pm

        Does anyone have any tips that help them with this? I see so many similar stories to mine. I am 39 now, almost 40. I had mono at 18, lost a lot of weight back then, but have struggled with depression & fatigue ever since (and a tendency to gain weight now.)

        The constant fatigue makes it very difficult to do anything about it. No matter how much sleep I get, how much I eat, drink or exercise – It may help for a short time, but I still fall back into the depression/fatigue trap. I’ve been tested for everything I can think of: thyroid, blood sugar, anemia, etc – up to and including even tests for viral infections and std’s – nothing. I am told I’m perfectly healthy. My Dr. has tried prescription Vitamin D and Vitamin B6. And we’ve tried various anti-depressants, along with several combinations of both sleep aids and/or energy-elevating meds. The only 2 things that appear to help at all (minimally) are Vitamin D and Adipex (appetite suppressant that tends to increase energy).
        Still though, I get anywhere from 6-10 hrs of sleep per night and STILL take a nap every day sometime between 3 and 6. If I can’t get that nap, I am miserable, cranky, and way-overtired and actually tend to sleep worse that night. All of this adversely affects everything from my marriage, to my job, to my kids, who try to understand it, but probably just think I’m lazy. I really don’t know what more to do.

  • kaykay January 28, 2011, 2:57 pm

    im 15 always so tired and ive done all that its not working school is becoming so stressful. And i barley staying awake i go to bed at 8 and sleep all through the nite. Thats only sometimes, but most times i just caon’t go to sleep no matter how tired i am. Please help me.

  • Kellie Rose February 2, 2011, 3:49 pm

    I’m only 18 years old, but I suffer from severe tiredness. All I want to do all day while I’m awake and doing schoolwork is sleep. I take naps during the day and sleep all through the night, yet I’m still exhausted whilst I’m awake. I thought exercising would help but it only seemed to make matters worse. I would literally come home from the gym and just pass out. I don’t have too much stress in my life, so i don’t know what to do!

  • Jäger February 16, 2011, 1:32 pm

    For people who are unrealistically tired for no reason, it sounds more of a health problem. One very good example and common, but very hard to tell/diagnose is bowel worms (intestine worms,round worms). Intestine human worms have been within us for months and years unknowingly … In other words, these little mites may live, breed and feed inside you year after year without you knowing at all. However, there are many types that either live and feed from your intestines or other organs. Severe tiredness could be a reason, as a type of worm lives freely, sucking blood, nutrients and vital vitamins from within your body. Symtoms, such as amnesia, unexplained bloating, stomach cramps and of course “severe tiredness” may be the real cause. I recommend seeing a doctor and exposing in detail your problems, as it may be a health problem that will only get worse.

  • S February 16, 2011, 2:54 pm

    Hi, I’m 20 years old and have been feeling tired all day almost every day for the past 2-3 years. I am always tired during the day wether I’ve had 5 hours of sleep or 10. I’m usually tired throughout the day, but when it comes to about 5 pm I reach my lowest and can barely keep my eyes open, but when I go to bed and try to sleep it takes me 2-3+ hours to actually fall asleep. I would appreciate any advice. Thank you!

  • Esther February 19, 2011, 1:42 pm

    Heyy, I’m 15 And I am constantly sleeping. I go to bed at earlyish hours and sleep until 6:30. When I come home from school (where I normally catch a few catnaps) I take a 1-2 hour nap. I am tired. I can’t stop sleeping but when I wake up I’m still tired. My doctor has me on malitonin to promote sleep, it use to work now it does not. I eat relatively health and I exercise and work out daily. I relize that I have alot of stress (what 15 year old doesn’t?). But I can’t do normal tasks anymore, I’m too overcome with fatigue. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks:]

  • Charlotte February 19, 2011, 8:00 pm

    Hi I am always tired, I get plenty of sleep but still complain of being tired all day. I have a demanding job but have done it for so long that I presumed I should be used it by now. I have quite a few issues in my life that bother me, could it be related? x

    • sarah July 8, 2011, 11:20 am

      hi am 29 iam so tired during the day i even going to sleep in the car i sleep all night so well just in the day i dont no what to do i have 2 kids to cope with as well

  • char' February 20, 2011, 1:59 am

    I’m 16 years old, and i suffer with terrible tiredness its horrible. I can never keep my self-motivated enough to do anything, and with that I’m falling behind on my school work. Some day’s I get home from school and the first thing I do is go to bed. I can sleep for about 15 hours some night but I’m still extremely tired the next day, and I’m not over exaggerating, its just getting to the stage where i can even go out with my friends on weekend because I just haven’t got the energy to do anything! I’m really stuck on whether or not to see my GP about this matter as someone suggested diabetes due to other symptoms too! Please help, I don’t know what else I can do!

  • Shelby February 20, 2011, 7:52 am

    I have very similar issues to all of you. I am a 19 year old female. Like the person above, I too had mono a few years ago & I have felt tired since. I was diagnosed with anemia a few years ago which doesn’t help my already tiredness. I take iron pills everyday, as well as B-6 pills that my doctor thought would help give me energy, but nothing works. I eat very healthy, I take all the meds my doctor tells me to, I exercise, and nothing works. I have a very hard time falling asleep most nights & when I do fall asleep I wake up constantly through the night. Then during the day I feel so tired! Another problem..my immune system sucks. I’m always sick..I’m so sick & tired of being sick & tired. Any suggestions?

  • Amy February 20, 2011, 9:08 pm

    Hello, im 21 and i eat healthy food, i get plenty excercise and im of a healthy weight. I have felt tired since i was at secondary school, it affected my concentration but it wasnt that much of a problem. But now it is im constantly tired and it affects my work life, social life and relationships i feel like i cant function properly, it makes me feel depressed moody my digestive system doesnt function properly and i feel like a zombie…i cant get anymore sleep than i already do or else iw wouldnt have a life atall because i work form 7 till 4 5 days a week…do some people just not function in the morning i have no explanation can you help? and is it mainly teens to twenties and why?

  • alfredo meza jr February 22, 2011, 4:47 pm

    This really is something that i was looking for my life its a fatige but like i sleep well and everything i think the only reason i feel like this is because of energy, this site helps alot i am very happy to find my own answer i fugure that its just a feeling of being negative all the time i also learnd that i need to change my life style thanks.

  • Matt H February 22, 2011, 4:54 pm

    From reading all of these posts it really alarms me how many of us experience this. It seems like many of you are just like me. You have tried so many things and nothing has worked. It is rare that I will have days that I actually feel awake and I cherish those days. I often wonder if there is something biologically wrong with me. Or perhaps that I make myself anxious by constantly worrying about this….and that the anxiety actually makes me more fatigued. It really is hell to go through life like this. I hope we all figure it out.

  • saisha February 23, 2011, 5:55 pm

    Im 15 years old and im always tired no matter how much sleep i try to get, it never fails. Im beginning to think that there is something wrong with me because it doesnt seem normal. Hardly ever, well never do i get up and wel nobody is awake as soon as they get up obiviously, but im still tired and hardly ever feel wide awake. It has began to affect my socail life and my friends. because i hardly ever want to do anything because im so tired nd feel sluggish. If you have any information that you would like to give to me, please do.

    • Samantha January 12, 2012, 5:40 am

      OMG icant take this anymore. i am 20 years old and my life is falling apart because im tired and sluggush everyday all day. I have no energy to get up to even go to work at 3pm. i feel so bad all the time that i cry because im sick of being sooo tired. i do have depression and bipolar but i am on meds. it makes me think its my meds..but im scared to change bc everytime i do change im worse than i was before. this tireness is controling my life. all i want to do is sleep all day and never get up to do anything. plz god.. i cant do it anymore.

  • peter February 24, 2011, 11:04 pm

    I have to go to the bathroom twice a night (its an age thing !) so this breaks my sleeping all the way thro’, but still tired all the time. Been to see my doc’s and she has made me an appointment next week to have my blood checked for iron deficiency etc. Will return after my results and let you all know

  • james February 27, 2011, 8:54 pm

    hi im 16 i a constantly tired and i keep falling ill i work alot of hours but i dont think this is the cause.
    i get ill maybe once every couple of months but its allways the same i get extremly weak and tired i have no energy at all i ache all over and i get on and off headaches i hope you can help i thought maybe i could be abit anemic could it be this and should i get checked out… i really hope you can help

  • Will Lang February 28, 2011, 8:38 pm

    very practical solution to all of you is go to the doctor’s and get consulted and get a diagnosis. I really believe most of you probably have just nutritional deficiencies, like b12 or iron or something. I myself have this problem of being tired all the time, so I’m just going to get supplements. I have a friend, she takes iron supplements and she has energy for days, which is great. so go get your iron levels checked and I’m sure you will find the solution for your lethargic lifestyle.

    • ashley November 17, 2011, 11:43 pm

      “just take an iron supplement”–this will not solve the problem….especially if you don’t have a low iron level. Which is the case for me….I have normal hemoglobin, hematocrit, platelet, WBC, RBC and all the other labs ran through a complete blood count, but go to nursing school full time, work full time and have a family. By the time I get home from school or work, I can barely function, but have to push through my day for the kids and schoolwork. While I am on the subject of supplements…..you should not just take a vitamin or mineral unless you have an actual deficiency, so while your friend is taking those iron supplements, I hope she has a reason to be taking them; which can also cause stomach cramps, constipation, nausea and vomiting.

  • Dave Murphy March 1, 2011, 4:10 pm

    I’m 20 years old, and I definitely suffer from that constant tired feeling. I usually end up with more energy at night and tell myself to go to the gym and study and all that stuff, but then when I wake up in the morning I can barely function. Earlier today I almost fell asleep while driving home. It really bothers me because there are a lot of things I want/need to do and I never have the energy for them. Not really sure what I can do due to my current financial situation, but yknow, its worth it to ask around to see what people can tell me.

  • Paula March 2, 2011, 11:51 am

    Ive been reading through the comments about tiredness i have the same problem although i do a lot of walking with my dog i never seem to get any fitter just more and more tired, i fall asleep the minute i sit down i’m very carefull about my diet and take a vitamin supplement in case im missing any inportant vitamins, but even so i just dont have any energy at all has anyone got any answers im so frustrated with this.Paula

  • Clara March 2, 2011, 9:25 pm

    I am 16 and i am always tired i can’t go to sleep when I want to which is between 1030 11 on school nights so I just toss and turn from anywhere between 15 mins to an hour and then when I have get up for school which is 630 645 it can take me anywhere from 5 to 45 mins to get the energy to pull myself out of bed. I eat a heathly diet and excercise reguarly. If you have away to help it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you :)

  • Christy March 3, 2011, 12:45 am

    To anyone, 2004 I was diagnosed with Hereditary Hemochromatosis (iron overload) If anyone that has northern european ancestry or has received donated blood could possibly have this disease. I’ve felt excessively tired since I was in my teens, now that I am 45..I have major organ damage. If you are not getting the right answers, look up the symptoms, look at family members, past and present. It might be there. One out of every two hundred American’s with northern european ancestry carries this mutation.

  • Zach March 3, 2011, 2:38 am

    I’m only 18, I am on a high protien, low carb diet and have been for a while, I workout regularly for building muscle, I use to go to bed at about 11-12 every night but its been decreasing, now I just about pass out by 8… I’m always tired and feel drained during the day… Any ideas?

    • Shaun November 29, 2011, 4:48 am

      Carbs = energy for the body. You have to eat carbs man!

  • Annabelle Parfait March 8, 2011, 1:33 am

    I am a 14 year old female, and i hate getting up early in the mornings for school. Yes i realize everyon says this, but for me i feel its different cause im starting to actually worry about how tired i am becoming. i have no energy for anything anymore.. its scaring me help me!

  • Ben March 8, 2011, 7:10 am

    i’m 14 and in the past few months i’ve started to feel fatigued in school i usually go to bed around 9 or 10 and haven’t changed much to my daily routine.i just dont understand why this has been happening and how i can fix it please help me!

  • Debs March 9, 2011, 12:33 pm

    Hi Dylan, KayKay and Kellie Rose, I do think that at a young age it’s not right to be as tired as you all seem to be. It may be an idea to see the doctor just in case there is an underlying medical problem that needs to be addressed. Wishing you all well and hope things get better for you soon xxx

  • Kandra March 14, 2011, 10:31 pm

    I’m 16,..and I’m always tired I have no reason to be cuz I go to sleep about 9 or 10,maybe later. I get up around 5 to get ready,..and at school I don’t feel like I’m all there. I feel grumpy. is there a way you people can help? I need my sleep and get at least a 8hr sleep. Please help?!?!?! :|

  • David March 16, 2011, 7:14 am

    I work 79 hours a week sleep usually 8-10 hours sleep on workdays and on my day off I usually just sleep most of it but I’m still tired all the time I do work nights though so could it be because of that or something else I have been doing this for almost 4 years but only maybe last year when have been tired all the time

  • Paul March 17, 2011, 6:13 pm

    Hi all,
    I am just 14 years old and have felt most of the effects described by everyone else, for about a year now. I go to bed at 9:30, but i used to listen to my ipod untill around 11. I wake up at 6am to get a school coach, and come back home at around 5pm. I have a few stresses, but who at this age doesnt? I usually have a normal-sized breakfast, but I usually skip out lunch because of things like basket ball and swimming, and i only have some crisps and a chocolate bar. I have a normal-sized dinner. I doubt many poeple in school feel the same way as i do. If you have any advice, please email me at adventure.Paul@yahoo.com. Many thanks :)

  • paula March 18, 2011, 11:43 am

    Hi, i have been feeling really tired for so long now that no matter what i do gentle exercise keeping my diet healthy taking vitamins nothing works, ive never been very happy about going to the doctors as i always find they are unhelpful and make you feel that they have more inportant people to see.I think i will just have to keep trying to find the answer myself. but at least after reading about so many people with the same problem i am not alone thanks everybody.

  • Sam March 18, 2011, 2:47 pm

    Hi!
    It happens to me too, but i always force myself into filling my life with activities…except on my day off , i allow myself to sleep up to 12 hours.
    in other days , i don’t let my body get used to the laziness, i just get my a$$ off the bed and do something! the key is to find something to motivate you : something you love doing ?(no it’s not masturbating , that will make you MORE tired-lol-) i stopped listening to the music all the time because i tend to wake up with a song in my head and i don’t like that because the repetition of the song is annoying!well for me it is !
    Life is about balance , if you work hard and deserve a break then do it ! if you have been working so long and it’s time for a vacation take time off (make sure to plan everyday of your vacation or you will find yourself sleeping to fill the emptiness)
    We may feel tired sometimes, but it’s not always physically, it might be mentaly-emotionaly- just give your brain a break!
    Nutrition is important too and could have something to do with it: don’t eat junk food !
    XoXO

  • Gail March 19, 2011, 2:48 am

    Wow do I feel better knowing it’s not just me. I am 42 and exhausted all the time. I have seen my mother suffer from this fatigue for most of her life. I see my older sister suffering the same way. So, a year ago I decided to talk to my doctor. She ran tests including a very specific thyroid test, but found nothing. I even did a sleep study overnight in a hospital. Nothing. With all of us experiencing this same problem, I am amazed that there aren’t more solutions out there. My mother is from Germany so I will look into the Hemochromatosis as well as the B-12 shots. Someone out there has got to find a solution to this awful phenomenon!

  • vicky March 20, 2011, 6:27 pm

    hello.When most people say “you look tired” its normally a case of seeing me yawning! but the exhaustion i feel everyday cannot possibly be classed as tiredness. when its difficult to even lift your arm off the table at lunch time! however, i get spells of tiredness like this throughout the day, sometimes i get boosts of energy durin the evening or morning. my eyes are effected too, they feel like they fall asleep and drift into my head and i loose control of them for about 2 seconds, kind of like blacking out. but then its fine! i do suffer with stress and i do live a hectic lifestyle! but for god sake im only 24!
    any advice would be great!
    x

  • Penny March 22, 2011, 1:59 pm

    Hi, I am 16 years of age and am constantly tired throughout the weeks of school. I had anaemia 2 years ago and my iron levels were depleted but are better now. At school there is so much homework and I catch the bus to an from school. I’m fine as soon as i eat dinner and go upstairs but when i sit down and do my homework i am constantly yawning and this is on a daily basis. I want to do my homework but by the tiredness and procrastination time goes by really fast and some nights i barely accomplish anything leaving me with even more homework for the next evening. This is not good as I am in year 11 and it’s leaving me with a lot of stress. I always look forward to my weekend to rest but having greek school friday night, tennis sat and sun mornings and usually going out saturday evenings/ nights doesn’t give much time for homework. I don’t always go out sat nights and i notice i always leave all my homework to sunday nights which isn’t good as it is last minute. What should I do?

  • Ntokzir March 23, 2011, 6:30 am

    i always go to sleep early but i wake up tired in such a way dat i fail to start my day properly. I need help.

  • Darren March 28, 2011, 1:09 pm

    I am 23 and suprisingly enough seemed to have developed a slight issue with fatigue of late.

    It is only this year i have become tired… since giving up smoking oddly though i was never, what i would term as ‘heavily dependant’ on ciggarettes.

    I can’t concentrate on work and seem to daydream a hell of alot nowadays. I just can’t seem to concentrate on one thing.

    Its been four months since i gave up smoking. And i have actually become a healthier person in general, moving from domino’s pizza alot :) to healthier boring foods, salads, fruit, veg. I also have begun running all be it not that far as am not that fit and drink alot of water which i didnt used to in a bid to make me a healthier all round person. Why is this having the opposite effect i ask? The only thing i can put this down to is the changes to my lifestyle but surely my body would slowly be getting used to it…

  • cherry March 30, 2011, 4:34 am

    I’m 20 and female and always tired, its to the point where its hard for me to function. My head is in a fog, I’m grouchie and careless and not sociable, I even become depressed but when I get at least 15 hours of sleep boy do I feel wonderful, cherry happy talkitive even for a shy person like myslef… Its like I’m me again. I rarely get those me again days though. I just don’t know what it is, I suffer from begative thinking and depression and anxiety perhaps its that? When I was on anti depresents I was never this tired. Perhaps I will have to go back on it along with purchasing an endless supply of redbull because I’d love to have my wings back!

  • J April 5, 2011, 1:55 pm

    Hi i’m 19 yrs, i’ve been suffering severe tiredness for these last 2 yrs. All I want to do all day while I’m awake and doing schoolwork is sleep. I take naps during the day and sleep all through the night, yet I’m still exhausted whilst I’m awake. I used to exercise but now i don’t even feel up to it as i have no energy to do so. I admit i feel quite stressed at the moment, i will be doing important exams in less than a month and this tiredness is effecting my ability to study and concentrate i would like some advice that would really help me please as i really would like to get these exams

  • Scot April 6, 2011, 5:20 pm

    I am always tired and have no energy. I think it might be something do to with the fact i am 27, living at home and unemployed. I dont have any friends and i am quite antisocial. I dont mean to be and i am very aware of the fact im so quite, so tired and not of much interest to anyone. I think the reasons might be something to do with what i mentioned and possibly a biological factor too. If i went to the Dr they would just put me on anti depressants again which would make me feel worse. I need something to help boost my energy, not sap it even more.

    I would appreciate any advice from people?

    • Ronald L. August 23, 2011, 1:46 pm

      I’ve had your symtoms for a long time. I took 1000mg of Vitamin B-12 every other day. It took about 24 hours to kick in. I felt calm, relaxed and I had way more energy throughout the day. From what I’ve read, B-12 remains in your liver for years which is good for your red blood cells whereas the other B vitamins do not get absorbed for more than a day or 2 by your system. Good luck with everything. Go to a clinic and talk to your doc.

  • Nat April 7, 2011, 1:23 pm

    Based on the fact that most people that posted a comment above are quite young, it’s possible that it’s hormones or because some of you guys are still growing. Hormones can fuel emotions that make us somewhat depressed and exhausted with life that we just want to sleep after the stress during school. Growing bodies may also explain body fatigue. It’s just a theory, I’m only 15, but I’m just trying to figure this out since it seems like a commonality among young people with a healthy diet and exercise.

  • Joseph April 9, 2011, 5:07 am

    I am a male 41 years old have sleep apnea(diagnosed on cpap) on depression medications, anxiety medications. out of shape. Don’t have good eating habits/maintance. Have lots of stress. bad sleeping habits(I belive which is due to life events). I know all these things, what I need is particular coping mechanisms that work for me to get that constant REM sleep(which I have been having more of overall, but time to time) and get it rock solid so I know how to cope with “sleep and life” :)

  • jeff April 10, 2011, 12:50 pm

    I’m 20 and no matter how much I sleep, in the morning when I want to get up at seven, I just keep going back to sleep. in other words its extremely hard for me to wake up. I work out between 3 to 4 times a week, eat healthy, etc but I just have no energy

  • hannah April 10, 2011, 7:18 pm

    hey, im 18 and tired from the moment i wake up till the moment i go to sleep, i dont feel refreshed at all throughout the day. I do 13 hours a week at the local shop and 14hrs over 5 days at college. I get around 7-9hours sleep a night to. I’ve been feeling like this a few months and am constantly saying to people ‘im so tired’. Is it worth going to the doctors about? I have a good diet, drink water all the time and never wake up in the middle of the night

    Thanks for advice

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