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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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  • InTheBattle July 13, 2011, 4:09 pm

    I’m a 42 year old female and have been fighting low energy since I was 13. So, no it may not go away, and your responsibilities increase over time, so don’t ignore it.

    I was tested for low calcium and iron during pregnancy, and have found that it is important to keep up the calcium supplementation for energy and attitude. However, the iron tests and thyroid tests have come back normal. I have gone gluten free and half organic, with l-o-t-s of supplements that I’ve researched via the internet. They help if I take them daily (not sure which are the biggies).

    It is a rare day that I feel able to work around the house normally. My job was stressful, but now I am not working (thankfully we are still fine for now), so it’s not just job stress. I get depressed when I’m exhausted and can’t do anything, even after a full night’s sleep. The week or two before and the week of my cycle I have increased symptoms (sleep issues, migraine, irritability, crushing fatigue). I did not figure this out until a few years ago since I wasn’t tracking symptoms relative to my cycles and often felt better when my cycle started.

    Since I haven’t seen these on the boards above, check out “bioidentical hormone therapy” it’s for women and men (testosterone, etc). I’m looking into trying a topical USP bioidentical 2% progesterone cream from a compounding pharmacy to start. There is also a possibility of T4/T3 imbalance. But I’m starting with the theory of estrogen dominance.

    There were some other good suggestions for tests above and some treatments for candida, heavy metals, and thyroid cancer…but thought I’d throw these ideas out there into the mix for men and women to consider and it may be a hormone imbalance causing this.

    By the way – expect that your doctor won’t be familiar with this. They may want to put you on synthetic/birth control hormones or HRT. Don’t do it – unless you research it a lot and feel comfortable with the risks!!! As for me, I have enough problems and won’t go back to these drugs. Also, I found that SSRI antidepressants only mask the problem and cause their own issues.

    Please people, until you find the solution, you have to be your own doctor and educate yourself. Watch everything you eat and do and when it happens during the month. Track this and note anything that works for you (what you eat, drink, supplements, stressors). This will help you understand your own symptoms and help your doctor understand you.

    Find a good doctor who will listen and work with you (I’m still working on this one) to find a solution – and then check EVERYTHING they tell you online before accepting that they are an authority and that you are comfortable with the risks of their recommendations. I found this out the hard way, people!

    Best wishes and God bless. The LORD loves you and is with you always. Turn to Him and pray for His help and guidance in discovering whatever Your answer is, and for His strength to support you until your deliverance arrives!

  • ashley July 15, 2011, 11:42 pm

    im 15 nd the past couple days i have not been able to get enough sleep.. my mom thinks im doing drugs cause i sllep so much.. im not but i hate being tired it isnt right im still young this is supposed to happen like in your 20s 30s?? i have a bf my mom hates therfore im not allowed to date him but hes a good guy she got wron information about him abuncha bullshit.. tht could be my stress guys arent worth my sleep…. i go to bed at like 9 every night wake up at like 8 than sleep 1 to 3pm nd again at like 5 to 8 what is wrong with meee=(((((((((

  • paul andrew July 16, 2011, 11:57 am

    I get up in the morning at 8 oclock but feel tired about 11 oclock, i cannot get a job as i feel tired al the time, whenever i get invited out all i think about is how i can get home and sleep. It is doing my head in, i used too be full of energy :(

    • emy March 3, 2012, 11:34 pm

      I feel that same way is a terrible feeling I know exactly how you feel..

  • Laura July 17, 2011, 1:03 am

    I’m in highschool actually, and I’m constantly hearing myself say “I’m tired.” After I’ve had a solid 10 hours of sleep. I sleep like a rock, because I have to turn my alarm clock all the way up or I’ll sleep right through it. (I sometimes still sleep through it) During the school year, I go to bed at 9 and get up at 7:30, then leave for school at 7:35 because school starts at 8. If I try to get up at 7, I’m so tired that I’m always battling falling asleep in class.

    My whole family has a history of thyroid problems, and the numbers from my thyroid tests are always on the edge, but still normal enough that I can’t get medication. I have all the classic symptoms of thyroid problems, but the blood tests say otherwise.

    I also have many symptoms of anemia. I’ve always had very heavy cycles, and I don’t like any red meat, so I don’t eat much iron, so it would make sense. Especially since recently everytime I’m on my cycle I get really dizzy and sick and feel like I’m going to pass out.(Yes, I’ve been to the doctor) But again, all my blood tests come back perfectly.

    We’ve also tried blood sugar tests, and tests for diabetes, and both are also perfect.

    I did get mono a couple months ago, but this has been going on for over a year and a half. I was being homeschooled and was at home all day when it first started, so I really don’t think it’s stress. I was told that it’s just because I’m a teenager, which really stinks because I’m turning down activities with my friends because it would mean that I would get home at 10:30-11, and I would be too tired at school the next day. I drink plenty of water, but I’m not waking up to go to the bathroom. (I do every once in a while, but that’s every once in a great while) I have plenty of schedule, and I eat pretty darn well.

    There’s my rant, I guess I’ll just put up with it. *sigh*

    • Kelly Rose October 18, 2011, 11:54 am

      OMG i am going through the exact same thing…… it sucks ): if you ever figure out what it is, let me know, please?

    • Colleen March 7, 2012, 7:35 pm

      The fact that your home all day for homeschooling may itself be the problem. Do you get any exercise?

      • Anne March 21, 2012, 11:39 am

        Collen, i don’t think it’s the home schooling thats a problem. i am going through something really similar to that, but i dont have anemia or thyriod problms.

        • kelli April 18, 2012, 10:12 pm

          I too am going through the EXACT same thing. Thyroid runs in my family and that is my main concern that I feel may be the underlying issue, and have never actually been tested due to not having health insurance. I am 25 year old female and need to get this situated. And when I try to exercise to produce more energy, I just get more tired and need a nap. I am wondering if mine is a gluten allergy.

  • Laura July 17, 2011, 1:11 am

    There was one week where I was at a friend’s house and we went to bed at 10 and got up at 6:30, and I had to go to the nurse everyday to take a nap in one of the beds, which means that I missed almost all of my class. So this is definitely a problem because I’m not paying attention in class, because I’m trying so hard not to fall asleep.

  • Laura July 17, 2011, 1:19 am

    Sorry, I keep remembering things. :P I’m very pale, and can’t seem to get any darker no matter what. I also have very dark bags underneath my eyes. My parents always joke that people must think that I’m never fed, but I am a very healthy bodyweight. (5’6″ and 125 lbs.)

    One day, left alone to sleep, I went to bed at midnight and slept until 6:00 PM the next day then easily went back to bed at 10:00 that night and slept until 10:00 AM the next day.

    As for working out, I am a dancer(sort of :P) and usually stick to getting my exercise from that because I never feel like doing anything else, but I do have quite a bit of fun dancing still.

  • Laura July 17, 2011, 1:28 am

    Alright, just one more, I promise!

    I was diagnosed with anxiety and OCD(but not the traditional, “knocking on the door three times” thing) and put on medication.(Fluoxetine) I never had the symptoms at first after taking the meds, I was just happier and was able to fall asleep much quicker, as it used to take me over two hours to fall asleep because of a racing mind. My dad thought that the tiredness might be because of my medication though, so we tried upping the prescription from 20 mg to 30 mg, and we tried bringing it down to 10 mg. My doctor and I decided that I had come to a point in my life to where I can go off of it, so a little over a month ago I did just that. Other than having a couple panic attacks, I’ve had no problems… But my tiredness didn’t change.

    It’s been about a year since I last got my thyroid checked, so I’m due for another check. Is it sad that I’m actually hoping that my levels are bad?

    In my lifetime, I’ve been tested for quite the number of things, because when I was little I was losing weight from picking apart my food (part of my anxiety). So I’ve been tested for all sorts of allergies, and I’ve been tested for cancer and all that fun stuff.

  • Bri July 17, 2011, 7:06 pm

    Hi I’m 15 (there seem to be a lot of us on here) and lately I’ve been constantly tired. During the school year I’d get like 5 or 6 hours of sleep and be sort of tired during the day but I could still go without naps and exercised every day. If I would get 7 or 8 hours of sleep I would have limitless energy. Now it’s summer and I get like 10 hours in every night, but I always feel exhausted. I feel too tired to work out anymore; also I’m never hungry. Could I be suffering from depression or anxiety? Please help!!!

  • Tera July 25, 2011, 6:21 pm

    I’m a 45 yr old female. I’ll try to make a very long story as short as I can. I can identify with every one of you on some part or all of your comments. I too was extremely fatigued in my teens. I feel like I’ve only had energy spurts throughout my life. In 2000, I was dx with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Cytomegalovirus (CMV). Was told CMV is a cousin to Mono but can last 2-5 years where Mono is up to a year. Well, Never feeling I got over the CMV, I was DX with Multuple Sclerosis in 2006. There are so many auto-immune diseases out there with the same symptoms it’s takes time to pinpoint exactly what it is. CMV has to be specifically looked for in blood. It doesn’t just show up so request your Drs test for that. We all have CMV in our bodies but if it gets “haywired” that’s when the probs, start.
    One very important thing I want to add!!!! I went to 7 drs over an 8 month span before the CMV DX. I felt frustrated, crazy, humiliated etc. as I m sure many of you have also. I’ve come to the decision, I/YOU are paying these DRs for a service!!! This is THEIR JOB!!! They work for you. I Hope that each of you continue to persist in your quest for a DX. If the DR you have gone to gives you a hard time, “you don’t have that pain” blah blah blah, HE”S NOT HEARING YOU. You know your body better than anyone!! Persevere until you find the correct DR. & DX. I still stuggle with fatigue. I take Provigil for that. Helps me stay awake but still feel tired. Good luck to you. If you would like to contact me Tera Brown-Metcalf on Facebook. Make sure to add a note like “always tired” or something so I will add you. God Bless ^_^

    • Jill March 18, 2012, 12:49 am

      Hi Tera! I did attempt to find you on Facebook but was unsuccessful, so I thought I would try and message you on here. I too suffer from chronic fatigue and I have successfully hid it from my friend and family for a long time now. I have went to several doctors on of them diagnosed me with Fibromigla….and of course wrote me a script …seems to me doctors just want to throw pills out you now a days instead of getting to the source of the fatigue.

      I guess I am writing you to see what supplements you take on a daily basis and what helps you get through the day ….at this point I am working full time and as soon as I get home I usually take a 2 hour nap …. I hate not having energy!! I am 32 years old and in the prime of my life and I can’t really enjoy it! :( any suggestions would greatly help me!! Thanks in advance!! Jill

  • Eli July 26, 2011, 5:01 am

    Too much sleep is a bad thing.Try sleeping less than 8 hours a day,Remember a hour of sleep before midnight is worth 2 hours of sleep and a half hour nap during the day is worth a hour of sleep before midnight. Look up sleep hygiene on goggle and change you sleeping habits. Also no caffeine or food or stress after 7 pm it will keep you processing while you should be sleeping . Hope this helps

    • Becca July 28, 2011, 11:51 pm

      Hi my name is Becky, and I am 27 years old with 2 girls. And I am always tired as well, I can sleep at night wake up around 11:30 and I have to push my self to get up at 11:30 to take care of my girls but even at that time I don’t want to get up because I am still so tired. I had to push my self today to take my girls to the park. I get so tired some times that I start to fill off balance, dizzy and some times I will fall and go in to convulsions, I’ve been to see Doctors they have done blood work checked out my heart done EKG on me and they find nothing I have been drinking water and taking B12 pills, Iron pills and multivitamin pill a day someone please help I cry at night because I’m getting so scared to even be alone with my girls because of this thing taking over my life I use to be full of energy and do everything with my girls now I’m so scared to even get into a car with them…

      • jim April 13, 2012, 6:31 pm

        Have you ever supplemented with Iodine . Women who have had multiple births are often depleted of this .

  • Shawn July 29, 2011, 1:18 am

    I’m 18 and the thought of waking up with energy ready to go in the mornings is a foreign concept to me these days. It would take me a few hours to get going, but only recently have I been beginning to feel totally exhausted all day. I start college in a couple of weeks, and I’m really worried that this will keep me from excelling in my studies. I don’t need this stress affecting me as I’m trying to enjoy the final days of my summer filled with responsibility. None of my friends or family can relate to my problem. Sure, they feel tired occasionally in the afternoon or evening, but none have experienced it the magnitude that I have. I just wish I were normal. I have several other physical problems too. I want to find a solution as to why I feel the way I do desperately, but the bright side (depending on how you look at it) is that I “just” may have hypothyroidism (a few of my relatives have this), but I do worry that I may possibly have sleep apnea, which I dread. I won’t know for sure until I go in to do testing before I start college, but I ask that you guys pray for me in finding a solution for this, and I’ll do the same for you. It’s relaxing to know I’m not alone, though.

  • Paul July 29, 2011, 11:01 am

    Im 18 thouth i weight only 52 kilos and im short around 1.60 height i do get to sleep atleast 8 hours a day and i always feel whithout energy

  • ben August 5, 2011, 8:46 pm

    I’m 15 years old and i am to feeling exhausted everyday, i have big dark circles under my eyes and i am constantly tired through out the day, tbh i dont get much exercise im not fat and i do eat a lot of junk food but i do need help!

    • neve May 15, 2012, 3:22 pm

      me too!!!

  • Claraaa August 17, 2011, 2:36 am

    im 17, stilll at school and i cant explian how tired i am throughtout the day, it’s terrible. And it’s frustrating, im finding it hard to maintain concentration during class, I play sport and run throughout the week, work part time, I eat well, i have 9-10hrs of sleep most nights. I dont get sick at all, and my health is close to 100%…just apart from the fatigue (:
    So if you have any ideas? Would be very thankful (:

  • TINA COOPER August 17, 2011, 10:56 am

    Im 32 have a healthy diet and lifestyle. I don’t do much actually exercise but I have a 3 year old so get plenty of exercise that way. I only work 2 days a week have an amazing relationship with my partner. my daughter is really well behaved in bed at 7pm sleeps till 7am. I am alway tired to the point of falling asleep at my desk at work, on the bus, anywhere I sit down or rest I can fall asleep. I gave no trouble sleeping at night and get good 8 hours. coffee doesn’t have any effect on me, I drink loads of water. it can’t be right to be this tired. I even have to try and stop my self falling asleep while in the shower?????? please help xx

  • Natalie September 2, 2011, 8:11 pm

    Hi. I have just recently miscarried about 2 weeks ago and for the past week i am waking up in the morning feeling sick and still very tired even after a good nights sleep! Im not having trouble sleeping at all but everyday i feel drained and i can look in a mirror and my eyes are red and i look like i havent slept in ages when i have and i even have naps in the afternoons now and i never used to can someone please help and tell whats up with me or at least give me some advice?!?!?! Please!! Thanks. xx

  • me September 6, 2011, 10:26 pm

    Hi, I am 21 years old back in the day i used to have alot of energy and now i always feel tired and i get mad for anything. I always feel like taking naps, and when i do take naps i still wake up tired and i shouldn’t feel that way. when i look at my eyes in the mirror they look tired, so can you please give me your opinion or any other advice?

  • Mary September 9, 2011, 10:39 pm

    Glad to know I’m not the only one with this issue! I am tired ALL the time. I can sleep all night long, take naps throughout the day, and I’m still tired. It gets to the point where my friends ask me to go out with them but all I want to do is lie down and take another nap so I make up stupid excuses about why I can’t go out! I’m tired just writing this ha.

  • Nunu September 12, 2011, 10:38 pm

    I’ve been feeling fatigued and tired since I was like 14 or 15. Now I’m 18 and in college. I don’t know for sure if I’m severely depressed and if that’s what’s causing fatigue, but I think so. I don’t feel motivated to do anything and just wanna stay home always. (I live near the university). Now that I’m in college, I’m constantly stressed out about financial issues and schoolwork. Because I’m so tired all the time, I don’t think I even look my age.

  • Danielle September 18, 2011, 10:12 pm

    I’m exhausted all the time. I’m 27 and the problem started about 6 months ago. No matter how much sleep I get, I feel like I need more and can barely drag myself out of bed in the morning. I always have dark circles under my eyes, a problem I’ve never had. I had more energy when my kids were small babies even though I only got about 5 hours of broken sleep a night, if that. I don’t understand why this is happening. I drink plenty of water, I have a relatively healthy diet most of the time, I’m not overweight, I work out 4 or 5 days a week, I do everything this article says to do to help fight fatigue, but it doesn’t seem to help. I do have the stress of going to school full time and raising 2 young kids, but it’s not excessive stress. After reading this article, I’m thinking I might possibly have a thyroid problem because nothing else fits.

  • Christine September 20, 2011, 11:28 am

    have anyone here have even try this program? How does it work for you? Would you recommend it? Thanks

  • chris h September 24, 2011, 3:19 am

    Just eat right, work out, take vitamins, etc. We all know what to do. You just have to have some will power and dedication.

  • BurningInTheSkies September 25, 2011, 2:16 am

    I have the same problem as all of you. And it only worsens. Ive researched countless times, and found no leads. Ive been tested for momo/slugish thyroid and they said i was clean and had a perfect thyroid. Im starting to wonder about the Sleep Apnea thing. Sleep studies are expensive, so i may never be able to treat it. This seems to be an epidemic across america. I just dont get it.

  • nick September 30, 2011, 5:05 pm

    I think they’ve nailed it for me. I don’t go to the gym anymore, I’m a bit overweight and I only get about 4 hours of sleep whilst dealing with sleep apnea, and having no work causes a lot of stress for me so I guess all in all I’m pretty screwed. I’m gonna fall asleep one day and have a heart attack.

  • Jenn October 1, 2011, 12:45 am

    I am 27 years old and I am having the same problem as all of you. Mine started at the age of 19, when I had my daughter. I am always tired and it has been a big cause of some of my problems with my significant other. I work third shift but I am in a different town every night leaving between 7:30 and 8 to start by 9pm. We work until we are done and then fight the morning traffic and have to stay awake to get my daughter to school. I sleep sometimes until it is time to get ready for work and just don’t understand why I am always so tired. My fiancee is tired of never seeing me and says that all I do is sleep, my daughter feels like I don’t love her because I never have the energy to do anything with her. If anyone could give me some advise on where I should start with this it would be appreciated. I have insurance but it is horrible, but all advice would be helpful. I need to save myself, and my relationship with my family before the damage is irreversible.

    • Camilo February 13, 2012, 10:03 pm

      I also work on night shifts. and in the day i just need to sleep.
      The only thing that ive tried is to breath a lot. Like on purpose!!. Try it when you feel really tired. you can drink a glass of water and start breathing fasr and deeper… When i do that i start to feel more awaken after just five minutes.
      Its kind of stressful at first cause you have to be conscious and not forget. so you have to keep concentrated in present time and do it !!
      I don’t like medications or doctors that much, that is why when i heard that one cause of tiredness was that your body didn’t get enough oxygen I started pom pig oxygen into my blood stream, like a dog after a wild chase at the park. I hope that works for you best wishes.

  • Gabriel October 3, 2011, 5:36 pm

    I’m 18 and overweight, I wake up at night a lot, and I’ve been sick the past couple of days so I’ve been extra tired, but even b4 this I’ve always been too tired, I know its most likely cuz of my weight but I can’t find the time to exercise most of the time because of my fatigue…..I am very frustrated.

  • Faye October 4, 2011, 11:18 am

    I have been suffering with tiredness what seems like my whole life. I have been diagnosed with anemia several times but even when I take iron tablets and my anemia has ‘gone away’ I still feel over tired. I sleep from 12pm till 7am, come morning I don’t want to get out of bed, by about 9am I feel ok, but after getting my little boy to school and by the time I get home I usually fall back to sleep for about 2 hours. On the days that Im at work, I feel myself around dinner time becoming so tired I struggle to keep my eyes open, when I get home I put my boy to bed around 7pm, then I fall to sleep for about 2 hours. So as you can see I get plenty of sleep. Sometimes my whole body feels achy as if I might have flu symptoms coming but then it never progresses into an illness I just feel tired and drowsy. I eat healthy, I take iron tablets daily plus other vitamins and supplements. I am a healthy weight. I feel this affects my career and my social life. I am a professional model and no matter how great the work opportunity is I just don’t have the energy to do it. I feel like I’ve missed so many opportunities because I feel like this. I have my own business as well as modelling and at times I have not felt able to work for a week or two at a time and have lost contracts. Someone please help!

  • lisa helton October 5, 2011, 7:21 pm

    See, I’m falling asleep writing this.I’ve felt like this 4 a couple of weeks. I wish I new how not 2 feel like this.it is miserable.

  • nirmal October 11, 2011, 8:03 am

    hi,i am 21 years old back in the day i used to have a lot of energy and now i always feel tired and i sleep normally . my height is 6.2 i also suffering from back pain , i feel i am not in right diet give me some instruction for healthy food.my tiredness cause to not able to study well and long time like more than 1 hr ,if i start studying get tired and sleep well & i am unable to do small work also.

  • rayshawn October 11, 2011, 11:50 pm

    I am a 23 year old and i am also always tired and also unable to breath very well what should I do i went to the doctor and they just said I need more potassium and they gave me 2 pills and said i was fine. please some one help me. must add I am not too active because i am so tired and unable to breath when I walk.

  • Alexandria C. October 13, 2011, 5:13 pm

    I’m 19 and i always feel tired. Always!i go to school so i have to wake up around 6:30 put everyday so usually when i get to my last class i feel so very tired. after school i usually take a nap, i get home around 3, then i don’t end up waking up around 7pm and even after i wake up from that i eat and just fall back to sleep. I eat right most the time and i exercise usually twice a day, nothing big tho. I really need help, i don’t know what to do anymore. ;-;

  • andy October 16, 2011, 9:32 pm

    Hi. I’ve felt tired for over 3 years now and i am 14. exercise around 60 mins a day and have no health probs. It is really bugging me and it goes worse every so often. i have been to the doctor and had my blood tested. There is nothing wrong with me but some people think its because I’m really tall and its something to do with that. I’ve tried everything that people suggested and it has not made a difference. I’m concerned about this but it has not put me off any daily routine or anything. I’m quite worried.

  • Darlene October 18, 2011, 11:44 pm

    I’m 15 and always tired. I sleep at least 8 hours a night, which is the suggested amount. I eat well and exercise regularly, but I am always ready to sleep. School is a big stress to me as well as sports . I don’t no if that may effect it or not, if so, I don’t no how to help it.

  • Antonioo October 21, 2011, 4:58 am

    i’m 14 and not really even that overweight but throughout the day im always sleepy have bodyaches and have the worst time concentrating i do go to school and when i’m there i cant seem to remember anything i learned that day i’m wondering like what is wrong with me how could i forget everything and always be tired and have bodyaches

    • Noah March 23, 2012, 4:48 pm

      Hey Antonioo I’m 16 and I had the same problem with body aches and not remembering much from school. What I started doing is getting nine hours of sleep, eating a big breakfast, drinking a lot of water, exercising every day, and making sure I calm myself before I go to sleep. It really helps, and maybe it is a solution to your problem. Just know everyone goes through this, as a teenager, or an adult. Also, find something that makes you excited, like if it’s a sport, learn about it and play it; make sure you are confident and motivated and that solves tiredness. Good Luck.

  • macks October 23, 2011, 6:25 am

    hey m just 20 years old. Although i sleep for 8-10 hours a day,, i still feel uneasiness in my body. So i cant concentrate with what i do. But after that if i sleep for 30 minutes in the day,, then i feel ok. whats wrong with me?? When i wake in the middle of the night, its difficult for me to sleep. I feel uneasy & weak
    Plz help me…

  • Abigayle October 31, 2011, 5:57 pm

    I am 22 years old with a generally good diet, I take B complex with C vitamins everyday. I work at least 8 hours Monday thru Friday, I walk a lot during the day and get at least 7 hours of sleep a night. My job isn’t too stressful and I have an active social life. I had a bad case of mono for 10 weeks starting in mid March of this year and have not gotten out of this rut of chronic fatigue. No matter what I do, drink, eat, etc. I just cannot fully wake up. Red Bull, coffee, espresso, other energy drinks don’t help. I drink a ton of water everyday. My shoulders and neck are constantly tense for no reason. I literally fall asleep anywhere… on the bus, at work, sitting at my desk, anything. I’ve dosed off a few times today at work already and I had a solid 7.5 hours of sleep last night and a strong cup of coffee this morning. WHAT’S WRONG WITH ME!!?? please help! I need to wake up!

  • maddog November 1, 2011, 5:01 pm

    i’m a 30yr old and have a wee girl age 6,hope sum1 can help me on this,iv been really tired a yr now but these past few months have been really really bad 4me,i sleep great at nite,get up in the morning with the wee girl 2get her 2 school and when that’s done i go bk 2bed for 3hrs,all i want 2do is sleep,have no time for my child and its really not fair on her cos all i want 2do is sleep,she would ask me 2play with her but i just dont have the energy,its so not fair on her and me,i got a full blood count done and all came bk okay,is any1 else like me???

  • JoHanna November 2, 2011, 4:37 pm

    i feel like most of you tired, wore out and exhausted. i thought maybye it was because my best friend from in high school just died not that long ago, but doctors told me else wise. im only 16 and i feel like i get a total of 1 hour of sleep everynight. any advice?

  • Jacque November 13, 2011, 7:47 am

    I am 19 yrs. old, I’m an internet cafe attendant. And i’m always tired and felt sleepy every second of the day…I’m their only worker here, so basically i have to manage diff. kinds of person a day. Not only because of that i really have lack of sleep at night, I sleep 11pm. and have to wake up early. I also have family problems. Now, please give me some advice how to improve my lifestyle??? There are times i feel i’m going to burst. . . . PLEASE’

  • kat November 15, 2011, 3:57 pm

    Hi – I left a comment up further on the page as a reply because I saw a few people who seemed to have this “tiredness” connected with having had mono at some point.
    However – if I really think about it, i’ve been “tired” all my life. I remember going to relatives’ on weekends for gatherings and what-not, and always finding a bed to “take a nap in”, as far back in childhood as I can remember… I’d be 8 and TIRED on a Saturday afternoon, while my cousins and siblings were playing…

    Here is a thought… let’s see if any of us have commonalities in when we DID feel energetic, or “normal”? For me, in my late 20’s – I spent about 3-4 years working steadily on night shift in a good combination of deskwork + physical movement job. I did some administrative work as well as errand-running (getting tools, making copies, walking the floor collecting papers, information-gathering, etc etc) for a production plant. I worked 12hr shifts, starting 9pm, ending 9am…. and I felt… perfectly normal. Slept way better during the day, had way more energy at night, took NO getting used to the hours. I would have to say that was the happiest, and healthiest I ever felt in my life. I slept great, ate great, had energy, and never complained about fatigue or depression (except on any off-days where I HAD to function in normal society)

    Has anyone but me ever wondered if there is MORE to the concept of “night person”/”morning-person”? If a *normal FUNCTIONING person was forced to live opposite to the accepted daytime-wake, and nighttime-sleep cycle – would they now become one of us *abnormal FATIGUED people?

  • Becki November 16, 2011, 4:00 pm

    Has anyone thought it could be M.E/CFS?! I know it won’t be that in many of the cases but I do think it’s worth thinking about, esp if you have been tired etc for a substantial amount of time, and a change of diet etc hasn’t worked.

  • Vincent November 25, 2011, 3:39 pm

    Hello, I’m a 9th grader, 13 years old, and I’m always tired throughout the day no matter how long I sleep. I also have trouble falling asleep.
    If I go to bed at 9:30 and get up at 8:00 I’m still tired.
    Bed at 12:00 and get up at 11:00 I’m still tired.
    I have to sleep on the bus to school and once I get home I have to sleep more because I’m so tired.

    I took melatonin at one time and although I fell asleep faster, I was still tired in the morning, and I’m tired the whole day. :[
    Any help? Email me (—) would be greatly appreciated, I am always tired and can never concentrate on school (I’m in grade 9 Advanced)

    I’m tired right now and it’s 9:40 am and I’m in school at the moment, but I can’t concentrate!!!
    Help!
    Vince

    • Paige Lynn December 4, 2011, 2:52 pm

      I feel the exact same way you do. I am an advanced 8th grader. I really try in school, but it never seems like enough and I get distracted so easily. I am always tired. I go to bed at 9:00 and wake up at five because I have a sister and we are both girls, and we need time to get ready. I don’t know what to do……

  • Stan November 25, 2011, 8:25 pm

    I have been going through the same feeling of tiredness. Mine seems to have started four years ago, but has always popped up here and there throughout my life. Since I started college (at 34), I’ve had to force myself to sit and concentrate; never an easy task for someone with ADHD. My legs start to shake, my mind wanders, and next thing you know, I’m stressed out and tired all of the time. I took time off this last summer to concentrate on work which required me moving around, bending, squatting, and sweating. It seemed to have helped during the day, but only because I was not able to concentrate on how tired I felt. As I get older I am unable to move as fast as I used to and find myself sitting more than standing. I feel as though I am destined to a sedentary lifestyle with constant anxiety and depression. Is it the information age causing me to remain glued to a computer screen in order to accomplish any type of productive activity, or is it just a byproduct of getting older?
    I have a recollection that may be responsible. Most parents teach their kids to walk and talk during the first year of their life, but seem to spend the rest of their lives teaching them to sit down and shut up. Maybe we are getting to much sleep at an early age. I remember going to bed at 8:30 and getting up at 7:00 as a child. That’s almost twelve hours. Maybe it’s engrained now and I can’t shake it.

    • Nope January 22, 2012, 1:07 am

      Kids need sleep. I believe its normal for kids to sleep 12 hours during young childhood, it takes alot of energy to grow.
      This isnt the prob. Its not ‘ingrained’.

      Obviously Im here bc Im struggling with similiar issues as others on here. … But its kinda scary just how many kids are on this website. So many 13-17 year olds talkin about how they are always tired…. worriesome. Could it be something in the air?
      People are less rebelious when they’re tired. I know flouride was put in the water to make people apathetic(look it up) and with all the ‘occupy’ marches lately, it wouldnt suprise me in the least to find out the formula of the chemtrails(look it up) or some other way, something has gotten an addition with the sole purpose for making people tired all the time. …..
      If you think this is all paranoid delusion, well, your probably delusional…. and I have a bridge I’d like to sell you. lol. But seriously. Its potentially a bit off topic, but you need to google David Wilcock, and read about the trillion dollar lawsuit if you think all this idea is fantasy…. But anyway, I think stress and depression is prob. the cause of my tiredness, and even though I have no idea how to fix it, I hope everyone figures out their reasons for being constantly tired and is able to restore their energy.

  • Austin November 30, 2011, 10:12 pm

    I feel tired all the time I fall asleep every chance I get(at work,driving to work,sitting down to watch tv)and it’s such a big problem I don’t know where to start I have fallen asleep at someones house while visiting. My wife told me I snore and I stop breathing every couple minutes while I sleep and I am always getting up for something I have OCD so I will wake up to see If I locked the front door sorry to go on I just want advise what should I do first?????? Please help in any way u can thanks

  • Paige Lynn December 4, 2011, 2:43 pm

    I am only 13, I am one of the smartest students in my grade and I am in the 8th grade. I actually have the ability to go take college classes this summer. I am always tired and I am sore too. I play jr. high basketball and I try my hardest. My teachers and coach say I work my butt off. I always tell myself I could be doing better. I have been trying so hard in school and in basketball not wanting to fall behind like a lot of the other lazy girls. Any advice? I need it…….

    • Still Paige Lynn December 4, 2011, 2:48 pm

      I was tested for animia last summer for my basketball physical becuase I had been having breathing problems. You know when you get up from sitting down a long time and you get really dizzy? Well, I could sit down for five minutes and get up from the couch and barely hold myself up. I am really tired of this. I want to know what’s wrong with me. I also have these little bumps on my wrist and i’ve had them for a long time, back when I had strep for the second time. The ones on my right have moved down and the others on the left have moved up. I know something is wrong with me, please help me. Ask me anything………

  • amy December 5, 2011, 8:10 pm

    hey guys:), i’m a 14 year old girl and i don’t really eat that healthily, i don’t really excersize that much anymore either because i’m always too tired and simply cannot find the motivation to do anything other than sleep. I’m a healthy weighy and have healthy BMI levels. I wake up at 7 on school days having went to bed at about twelve. Thats 7 hours sleep which theoretically should be enough, so i dont think lack of sleep is the cause of my exhaustion. It’s unbeliavably hard for me to get out of bed in the morning, and by the time im at school i find myself struggling to stay awake in any lessons to the point where i can barely keep my eyes open. I then come home and sometimes i’ll have a nap and i’ll wake up feeling grotty and in some cases, more tired than before. I’ve lost the will to do anything, i feel like im being lazy but i can’t help it, i’m constantly exhausted and just feel drained. Anybody know why this might be in my specific case?

  • Just Tired December 7, 2011, 9:45 pm

    well heres what is up, ever since i was outta chemo treatments when i was 16 ive been dog tired all the time, now at 28 its time to change all that i have 3 kids that depend on me to work an provide for them, ive been to prison twice now and am sick of feeling tired, its like i get the wounderfull lil black cloud of my very own to keep as a pet, i dont want it. i avrage anywhere from 2 hours a night to 18 hours depending on what i have to do, its pure will power that keeps me going, not really a fun situation to be in as a recovering drug addict for sure, and worse part is no medical meens i just cope best i can.. laterz

  • ethan December 13, 2011, 1:18 am

    Hi I’m 15 and I’m pretty sure I have anxiety and depression but i usually when I wake up in the morning ill feel fine until about 6pm is when I start feeling tired and by 7:30 I’m literally exauhsted. I don’t really exercise at all and when I. Try to sleep it takes hours for me to fall asleep because I’m afraid something is really wrong with me. I usually fall asleep around 2am and wake up at about noon I don’t go to school because I do cyberschool but I just need some advice for what to do first to stop this exauhsted feeling.

  • Mattias December 13, 2011, 12:18 pm

    These last few weeks I have been having a rollercoaster sleep pattern. 4 hours of sleep one day, 16 hours another day. I have it in check now, but I often wake up in the middle of the night and have a hard time going to sleep again. I admit that I’m having a depression. No girlfriend, no friends, not much of a life. Lost my job in october for no apparent reason. It’s december now. I’m 34.

    I feel like a walking dead person. My eyes start to sink into my skull about 1-2 hours after waking up, with dark rings under them. Then I get tired, and there’s like a lump or something in my stomach. I work out at the gym pretty often, but I can’t trust my sleeping patterns, and my irregular sleep interfers with my training.

  • Mattias again December 16, 2011, 5:46 pm

    Was just a phase, maybe. I have more energy after I’ve started lifting weights regularly, and walking/jogging. I think my body has adjusted to my new diet regimen that includes a whole lot of fruits and vegetables. What’s more, I throw out the cat before I go to bed. It has been waking me up at night. The trick is to have a solid night’s sleep without interruption, and work yourself sweaty.

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