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The Top 5 Causes of Tiredness


There are many of causes of tiredness, which explains why most of us feel tired at one time or another.

If you feel tired often, you will want to determine exactly what it is that is causing you to be tired all the time.

The list of possibilities is long and includes physical, mental and emotional conditions. Here are the top five.

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1. Allergies, Illness and Injuries

If you have any kind of illness, injury or allergy, you will most likely struggle with feeling tired because your body’s resources are being focused on repairing the injury or illness or combating the allergy.

Common physical reasons for tiredness include colds and flu, a sluggish thyroid, seasonal allergies, recent surgery, or an illness that requires medication that has fatigue or drowsiness as a side of effect.

Other physical causes of tiredness may include untreated anemia, high blood pressure or diabetes.

There is also a condition known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) that is a major cause of tiredness. Symptoms include extreme tiredness, flu-like symptoms, aches and pains and swollen lymph nodes. The condition may come on suddenly or develop over time.

While CFS is mainly a physical condition, its cause is unknown, making it difficult to treat. However, individual symptoms of CFS can be treated.

2. Stress

Emotional issues and stress are also possible causes of tiredness. When you are under stress, it is difficult to concentrate on anything other than whatever is stressing you out.

You may be so focused on the problems that are causing the stress that you don’t eat properly and you are unable to sleep.

3. Lack of Sleep

Of course, sleep-related issues themselves are major reasons for tiredness as well. If you are not getting enough of the right kind of sleep each night, you will obviously be tired during the day!

Poor sleep hygiene, which may include sleeping in conditions that are not conducive to rest, drinking or eating too much before bedtime or simply not getting to bed early enough, are all contributors to chronic tiredness.

4. Poor Nutrition

Nutrition also plays a role in determining your energy level. If you do not eat a healthy diet, you will probably find that you are tired more often. Getting the proper nutrients and eating enough to give your body a steady supply of energy are key factors in eliminating many tiredness causes.

In addition, food allergies can cause tiredness. If you are allergic to a certain food, your body produces antibodies to it and “fights it” as an invader. As a result, tiredness is often a symptom of a food allergy.

5. Hormones

If you are a woman wondering what causes tiredness, hormonal imbalances may be to blame. During certain times in a woman’s monthly cycle, hormonal fluctuations can cause symptoms that include fatigue.

A woman who is pregnant also often experiences an increase in fatigue due to hormonal fluctuations and the “work” that her body must do in order to nurture a developing baby.

What You Can Do about Tiredness

End Tiredness ProgramIf you are wondering what causes tiredness in your case, you may want to explore one or more of the issues mentioned in this article in greater detail. You may also want to look into other possible causes of tiredness.

You can find more detailed information in the ebook End Tiredness Program, which not only provides more information about causes of tiredness but will also help you to design a specific strategy to beat the tiredness you feel no matter what the cause.

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  • Jessica March 15, 2012, 1:19 pm

    I recently found a lump in my left breast and i am going to the hospital tomorrow i have not been told yet what it may be. However i find myself to be constantly tierd and have no energy at all. even if i sleep all night and then spend the whole day in bed i seem to not be any less tierd. could this lump and my tierdness be conected?

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