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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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  • Tore April 11, 2011, 11:28 pm

    Hey all you tired out there, I myself share the “joy” of having no energy, and finally found out my diagnosis: ME/CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome) and I know there is a debate on whether this is a physical or mental illness, but the physical findings is overwhelming, if you’re lucky enough to get a doctor who knows that this is usually caused by a virus (perhaps XMRV) and helps you to carry out the necessary tests. The main physical symptoms are:
    1) Leakage of specific proteins from blood to spinal fluid
    2) Decreased blood circulation to the brain center
    3) A kind of lactic acid from the virus the human body can not break down
    It is a very common disease, but diagnosis and treatment methods are still in the pioneer phase.

    All medical treatment in my country is free, but since this is not an official virus diagnosis of today, I am only offered psychological therapy, which I find ridiculous in treatment of virus.
    In Norway we have a private clinic that treats with great success, after they investigate various possible causes such as viruses, fungi, heavy metal poisoning, etc. This clinic is in contact with international experts in the U.S. and Europe. You’ll find lots of information on the internet.
    Good luck

  • ben April 12, 2011, 7:30 pm

    I always feel tired since ive known… i tried many healthy lifestyles… alot of vitamins(healthy food), meat, no meat, sports every 2nd day(and that I mean a good workout for like 1hour or something), alot of stress, no stress at all, thorough sleeping(bed is perfect btw), taking a holiday, supplements…. nothing helps so you guys are not the only one it’s crazy they don’t know how to solve such a simple problem…

  • chey April 13, 2011, 5:34 am

    I am relieved to see I’m not alone..I’m 19 and have been feeling tired all the time for the past year. It has consumed my life and I hate it. No matter how much sleep I get I’m still exhausted. I can’t motivate myself to do anything. I’ve been to the doctor several times and he makes me think I’m crazy. He never does anything to help, put me on depression pills and they didn’t help. I Just want my life back. I use to move through the day on 5 hours asleep like it was Nothing. I can’t do this anymore. I need help something I csm do on my own or something I can tell my doctor about.

  • JJJ April 13, 2011, 10:30 pm

    I used to be tired all the time when I was a teen, not till I was 30 I found out about the weekly B12 shots, I did not want to get a shot every week, therefore I found a vitamin at the GNC store call B150, it helped me for years, then I started waking up very tired, I went to the Dr. and she found me vitamin D deficient, now I take it as well and feel alot better, if I miss taking my vitamins 1 day I pay for it because I revert back to being tired. I hope this helps. especially all you young people. I have been there.

  • Bono April 14, 2011, 5:13 pm

    I’m always tired and often doze off at work. I a temp employee and was expecting to be hired permanently but my boss heard some gossip that I was always sleeping on the job – which is true, and I can’t help it. My boss told me he won’t extend my contract anymore and made up some story. I need help.

  • Dee April 17, 2011, 8:43 pm

    I am 16 and i alwayss feel tiredd and sleepy! I go to bed around 11:00pm and get up at 6:15 to go to school,but when i get back i HAVE to nap for around an hour at leastt.My grades have dropped because of that and i really need a solution to this asap. Thanks.

  • fred April 18, 2011, 4:03 pm

    i am 51 years old i sleep good 8-10 hours but i am so tired all the time to a point when i get home i fall sleep in front of tv and on weekeneds if i stay in , i like to sleep all day….somebody send me a email if have you have same problem.

  • jorge April 18, 2011, 8:56 pm

    I also have this condition I change my diet! N it helped me not feel sleepy for a nother 2 hours changed my sheets and mattress and feel better I do not drink water after 8 an it did help me stay asleep and not wake up to go pee, and finally after research I am taking 100mg of deca durabolingn it helps me feel good all day extra energy, but I still feel tired after 8 hours of my day!

  • Jake April 19, 2011, 10:55 am

    Hi there, i am 21 years old, i have noticed over the last few years that i am feeling more and more lethargic, i train 3 nights a week, have a reasonably good diet, get atleast 6-8 hrs sleep most nights and work a trade 5 days a week. lately i have noticed my weight training lacking because i just dont have the energy.

  • patricia April 19, 2011, 6:40 pm

    Hi im 38 and im suffering from chronic tiredness I sleep at night don’t wake to urinate but when I get up I don’t want to do anything it takes all I have to get dressed I usually stay in my pj’s my house is a mess crap everywhere and that’s not me at all! I love a clean home but it just feels like I can’t get a hold on it its like running a marathon to load dishwasher or do laundry or pick up after my kids im not suffering from weight problems but it feels like im heavier and I don’t even want to brush my hair I sit down and its like im stuck in a force field I don’t know what to do my relationship is slipping because I have changed so much I just don’t want to do anything and im achey all the time! HELP

  • Didn't occur to me April 20, 2011, 1:32 am

    If you are female your iron may be low! You may be anemic. When I was about 25 I was really tired. I would come home from work and collapse on the couch and not want to do anything. I yawned all the time. I had strong periods and I thought I ate well but I didn’t think much about the iron content in my food. Although I am pretty smart I didn’t make the connection between iron and feeling so tired. My Doctor tested my iron level and it was very low. My Doctor said that she was surprised I could still function at all. After several months on iron pills I was back to normal.

    To this day I believe that I was anemic for much of my late teens and early 20’s. I still wonder how my life might have been different and what decisions I might have made differently if I had caught the anemia earlier. If you are female and often tired then get your blood tested for iron!!!! This is one of those things where there really is a little magic pill that can make it all better.

  • Carli April 21, 2011, 7:03 pm

    I am 23 years old, and I am tired ALL THE TIME! Every single day, no matter how much sleep I get, I am always so tired that I can barely keep my eyes open. I have dozed off at this very computer countless times. I exercise 5 or more times a week. I eat healthy food. I even take B-complex vitamins. Nothing helps. I am on a medicine called Suboxone, though, and think this MAY be the cause of the sleepyness. However, I haven’t heard any other cases like mine from people who take it. I have heard of it making you drowsy, but not like this. The constant fatigue I get makes me stressful. I just want to have a normal life… where I am alert and AWAKE! Any ideas to boost energy levels that don’t involve caffeine (it makes me jittery)?

  • deborah April 22, 2011, 1:42 am

    Ok, listen up people: I too was very tired, always getting sick, all of the doctors thought I was crazy- it started when I was 19 and each year got worse- I had kids, it got worse, I put on weight, and it wouldn’t come off- finally I bugged my obgyn for 5 years and he did a thyroid ultrasound- and guess what- I had thyroid cancer- this could be you- I also now have what is called celiac disease which is a gluten intolerance that appeared post thyroid surgery.
    Don’t believe your doctors, they don’t know shit- I knew since I was 19 something was wrong- they let my life be destroyed for 11 years before the cancer was diagnosed. And another 10 years and my meds aren’t right- we have all been exposed to lots of radiation and thyroids don’t like radiation- go gluten free- have a throid ultrasound and arm yourself with knowledge- do the research

    I was in your shoes and still walk there sometimes

  • brady April 22, 2011, 5:30 am

    I am a teacher and I am tired almost from the time I wake up until dinner time. I am so embarrassed because at least 2 times a week I am doing everything I can to stay completely awake while I teach. I exercise 4 times a week, get 7 hours of sleep, do not drink or take medication that makes me tired, but I can barely get up the stairs in the morning for work. Maybe this is a form of burnout. I have four children and I am going through a divorce. Maybe this has something to do with it. I do not know. Please help

  • Sam April 22, 2011, 4:04 pm

    Im exactly like most on here. Im 25 (and its nice to read that others feel the same) i feel awake for only about 3hrs a day then that cronic tiredness kicks in, i feel dead and have to sleep for like 1.5 hours. i took drugs from 14 to 23, and from 19 to 23 i was injecting herion and ketamine (along with every other drug), i also have epilipsy and am on 3 different tablets (lamicatal, pregablin, and epilim). I have been clean off drugs for 21 months now. i have had diarrhea for 2years consistantly. i stll have peti mals. i know theres alot of varibles here to consider, but if you have an ideas which arnt above (cos i have taken every idea and have written them down and will see my doc about them in a week, so thanks for that all ready). i need to sort this before september as am going to uni. and to be this tired all the time could ruin my chances of getting my degree. any help would be greatly recieved. thank you. [email protected]

  • k April 25, 2011, 1:29 pm

    The comments above are very familiar to me. Having symptoms of debilitating fatigue since I was 19, at the age of 42 I was diagnosed with mercury and lead poisoning. After my doctor performed an environmental survey on me, he ordered tests to determine metal toxicity. It’s something you could do, at least to have it ruled out, from the long list of what can cause fatigue, everything from diet to lack of exercise, water, etc. Since beginning treatments for metal toxicity, I am starting to feel better. Good luck to you all!

  • Erin April 28, 2011, 4:19 am

    CELIAC DISEASE…. Everyone Google it. It is gluten intolerance. It is quite common but most don’t realize it (1 out of 100). Basically, gluten is causing issues with the villi in your intestines, the villi then cannot absorb the proper amount of nutrients. Hence, you don’t have the energy to function normally. Google it, get tested, try not eating any food with gluten in it for a while. Ya, it sucks not being able to eat things with wheat (which is all the yummy stuff out there) but you’ll feel better and the long term consequences suck even more.

  • Violet April 28, 2011, 11:06 pm

    Hey, I read this and none of this applies to me. I eat a balanced diet, and I’m not depressed. I get enough sleep, and I never wake up at night to go to the restroom. If I had anemia, my parents would have told me when I was younger. Anemia is a genetic disease, right? I’m a teenager and I’m wondering if my hunger and tiredness is because of my horomones. Is that possible? I understand that I can maybe increase my level of exercise, but I get just even more tired. Is there a serious problem here, or am I overreacting?

  • "Didn't occur to me" message to Violet May 2, 2011, 1:55 am

    All you tired young ladies get your Doctor to check your iron!!! Anemia is NOT inherited and you don’t catch it from other people. If you don’t get enough iron through your food or through supplements then you will be anemic. Iron is critical to allowing your red blood cells to hold oxygen. Low oxygen in your blood means your brain isn’t getting enough oxygen and so you feel tired all the time. Women get hit with a double whammy in that we loose blood every month that your iron deprived body must replace.

  • shirley May 3, 2011, 4:11 pm

    Im 44 and been over and extremely tired specially in the mornings.. i wake up and about 2 hours later i could go back to bed.. i feel awful when i am tired… feel like a weight is on me and i cant get it off.. hard to explain..
    then in the afternoons i am ok.. and when its time for bed.. i am out and dont wake up till morning.. what could be wrong with me?
    where do you get B12 shots? anyways? thru a doctor? i tried all the B vitamins .. still doesn’t work..
    this feeling is making me seriously depressed..

  • Nicole May 6, 2011, 2:07 am

    Wow, didn’t know so many people feel the same way I do. I am 26 and recently discovered with my doctor that I suffer from anxiety and depression. She put me on lexapro and it works great after I get up and get moving during the day. But when its almost time to get off work I’m exhausted, my job isn’t that stressful and things are great at home. But I find myself wanting to take a nap everyday and no matter how tired I am I usually don’t fall asleep until midnight. What else can I do to be able to fall asleep and stay asleep at night?

  • Victoria May 7, 2011, 4:21 am

    Okay this is just crazy. I am only 33 yrs old and have had many of the same problems that everyone has listed above. The funny thing is that I was the super skinny tall child with tons of energy. I miss that. After my children were born it seemed as if it just kept getting worse. Now my sleep issues just seem like they are past the point of return. The doctors seem to just think I’m crazy because I’ve gained weight and tired ALL THE TIME!! They have tested my thyroid and iron, and no issues there. I’ve known something has just not been right for about 5 years cause I get bloating in the stomach, my hormone cycle has been getting further apart each month and heavier, and all that I want to do is sleep. I am extremely active and exercise all the time, I have a job that is not too stressful and I just need help. Another weird fact is that I have been off of work for over a month due to a sports injury and sleep about 8-10 hours every night. After I wake up and get the kids to school I am taking a nap. I will work out and take another nap. Take my vitamins and recently tried fish oil. What is going on???? I have a strong feeling mine is hormone related.

    • Camila August 2, 2011, 6:53 pm

      I don’t have kids but i feel the same way, I am single, 29 years old and I have astressful life, I never had to drink coffee, but I felt like if I don’t do it now, I would live life miserable. I used to work and be at the gym 4 times a week. I would be discipline and good …I am dancer and I don’t practice often, I want to be in bed sleep and sleep and sleep. I have a pretty much good sleep schedule and I do have problems like anyone else, I address in therapy to help keep it up. I do try “usana” vitamins and helped me a lot, my friend recommended it is pharmaceutical vitamins, is not those you can buy every corner, this one doctors created and the 2 days I took I felt fantastic. Also Rav3 is a great energy drink that is far away similiar than Red Bull, which Red bull can cause a lot healthy problems. I do recommend you to try those. If you work out and have time for naps maybe A healthy pack vitamins and rav 3 will support you.
      I still have to get more for myself and change more my diet and go back doing yoga, is hard for me to be consistent. Any questions email me. [email protected] Good lucky

  • Curtiss May 9, 2011, 2:17 pm

    I’m 16 and no matter how much sleep I get I’m always tired. I’ve fallen asleep standing up and I get cold really easy which are usually two signs of anemia but my iron level is good and my skin isn’t pale. Really hoping someone can answer this.

  • To get you through the day... May 9, 2011, 10:38 pm

    I’m in the same boat as all of you. Unfortunately, last year I had picked up a job that required me to be into work at 5:30am. I did loads of research and found Modafinil (aka Provigil and Altertech). This is an alertness medication typically used for Narcoleptic people and Shift Sleep Disorders. One relatively new finding is that it also helps as a anti-depression medication. So whether your tiredness is medical or emotional, this should help a bit. But remember, this is only a temporary fix. You should still find the underlying causes and treat them asap.

    Hope this helps a bit. I helped me.

  • Steph May 11, 2011, 12:41 pm

    Right now, I’m exhausted and I got 8 hours of sleep last night. I had the window up a little bit, the room was comfortable, I had my favorite blanky around me, and I fell asleep. Hoping that I’d be rested up in the morning for my classes but I’m not. I’m 23 and have been suffering this for ever. It greatly affected me in junior high/high school and is affecting me now! I was on B12 pills and the shots, but now all of my vitamin levels are normal. I do have depression, and have been on medication for it, but none of them worked. Even when I’m not depressed, I’m tired!! I exercise more frequently now that I don’t have a vehicle, I have an excuse to go for a walk… nothing has worked. I’ve been to my doctor, I’ve been to counselling, I’ve been exercising, staying away from caffeine beverages, keeping my mind busy, but nothing works. Is there anything else that I could do?

  • Erika May 11, 2011, 5:11 pm

    I think you should all take a hereditary hemochromatosis or a hypothyroiolism blood test ASAP!! Because i feel the same as all you and i just found out that my brother has hereditary hemochromatosis and that i might have it too. I just took those test and God willing i will be ok. But, plz do you selves a favor and go to your doctors.

  • Mara May 12, 2011, 11:38 pm

    Hello. I am 14 years old. I am in high school and on a soccer team. I sleep well through the night, though I sometimes get to bed a bit late. I take naps a lot, however, afterwards, I always feel just as tired as when I fell asleep. I am constantly fatigued. It seems that by the middle of the day I become exhausted and have trouble staying awake in classes. This is affecting my schoolwork. Any theories on why I am so tired or advice for minimizing my exhaustion?

  • barbara May 17, 2011, 10:23 am

    hi im 25 and like all of you im constantly tired i have no energy at all i have to push myself to do the cleaning and then i dont do it the way it should be done i feel so tired and exhuasted that i even have to push myself to take a shower i eat healthily and try to excercise but i never have th energey to do it i get around 8 hrs of sleep but i never want to getup in tthe morning and when i do im sluggish annd it takes me forever to come round to myself ive been tested for thyroid and mine is perfect and ive been tested for diabeties but not amenia so i think after reading this im onna go get tested for that that could be my answer im sitting here only been up for a few hrs and readdy to go back to sleep i need help and i hope you allget the help you need because i know ho horrible this is to live with x

  • Joe May 18, 2011, 10:35 am

    Hi. I am 23 y.o. and ever since I started a new job, I have been overwhelmed by chronic fatigue. Ironically, the job hours are very good and not at all stressful, I am home by 4pm, I have time to cook, rest, study watch some TV and I go to bed between 11pm and midnight and wake up by 7am every weekday. When I wake up, I ALWAYS feel hungover!
    Sleeping earlier doesn’t help – it just as if I can’t function in early in the morning. the feeling subsides as the day progresses (say 10-11am) leaving me tired for the whole day till i get to bed. Short naps, rest and relaxation, nothing seems to work.
    I am convinced it is anxiety-induced (probably over my career and future, ‘cos i am a type-A, and got a little OCD- which people interpret as efficient and hardworking).
    I have started working towards being less anxious and I’m making little progress.
    I guess once you can identify your stressor, it’s a step towards relieving it and feeling more energized.

  • David May 20, 2011, 8:38 am

    I find it interesting that almost all of us are pretty young people, yet we’re suffering with the Fatigue of an elderly man. Im 16 and have similar symptoms, would it harm me to take iron supplements even if i didn’t have a deficiency? Thanks

    • Klaraa August 17, 2011, 2:52 am

      im 17 and i started went to a homeopath ( people who specialize in natural medicine) And i got recommened for a blood test, and it came back so low in iron and zinc, they were wondering how i was still up and walking :l not what i wanted to hear haa but i got recommened supplements for iron deficiency (Metabolic Mainteneance, Mineral supplement), and now i’m feeling so much better, the results have made such a difference in everything, especially school (: recommened you see your local homeopath (:

  • brianna May 22, 2011, 2:44 pm

    i’m having the same problems. i am 16 and i get 8 hours of sleep every night and at school and during the day i am always tired. i eat a banana for breakfast everyday or an apple and i drink plenty of fluids. this is really becoming an issue because when i told my mom she said i might have mono but i read that and it said that i would be having alot more symtoms that just fatige, and because im only 16 i wouldnt be able to buy one of tose programs because my parents would relaly start to worry. i REALLLY need help and have no one to turn to.
    please e-mail me with any advice @ [email protected]

  • Marc s May 22, 2011, 11:57 pm

    I was suffering from foggy brain with a constant feeling of tiredness. I tried everything. Dhea htp5 vitamin d different pillows gluten free diet lexapro. When all was said and done I tried 2 tablespoons of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar with “the mother” diluted in 8 ounces of water for 2 weeks. I now have no foggy brain and lots of energy. I am quick witted again and back to normal. Give it a try. It is a natural stimulant and will remove any heavy metals from your body. Good luck!

  • Olivia May 23, 2011, 6:45 pm

    I went for a sleep study last year (I am 31) and was diagnosed with narcolepsy, which explains my constant tiredness. I highly recommend sleep studies. The only way you can make yourself feel better is by knowing what the problem is, and having a sleep study at a sleep center can help diagnose many types of sleep disorders.

  • Mike May 26, 2011, 3:51 am

    I’m a 21yr old male. As far as I know I’m very healthy. I hit the gym regularly, well recently I haven’t been able to as I’ve been to fatigued to even work out like I used to. I’m not stressed or depressed. I sleep 8hrs/night, sometimes on the weekend I get almost 10hrs of sleep per night. I saw the doctor before about it and honestly he wasn’t very helpful. This is starting to effect my everyday life; any advice from people in a similar situation?

  • Nadine Garcia May 27, 2011, 7:50 pm

    well my name is nadine, i am a high school student, and i am 18 years old.
    my problem is that i am always sleepy, even though i get a good sleep, throughout the day i always seem to be tired, and all i want to do is sleep. Yes i am going through alot of stuff, and i am pretty stressed, what do you suggest?

  • Mohamed May 28, 2011, 2:53 am

    Every morning when I wake up for school my body feels like it needs more sleep. Maybe it`s because I sleep later during the day or it`s because I wake up during the night. Not really sure. Mostly every time, I`m either playing basketball or soccer and that`s a form of exercise or routine that can help me to stay awake. So my question is why am I always yawning once I`m sitting in class?

  • lee May 28, 2011, 7:57 pm

    I’m 27 years old and a mother to a 5 year old. I too am always tired and can’t seem to really function.. This has became a problem for me. I could sleep day in and day out all day everyday. I’m always going to college and will be starting a fast pacing job come August. I am hoping to get my doctor to try to get that I am really dragging. She always replies that I’m a mom, I should be tired? Tired sure, but NOT this tired. It’s really frustrating to me.. They can put people on the moon but can’t fix what seems to be a simple thing.. Good Luck To us ALL!!!

  • sue May 29, 2011, 11:11 am

    Hi. I’m tired all the time. I’m 48 I work part-time for a charity and have been there just over three months. i don’t really like it. I left my last job of 14 years somewhat reluctantly following an investigation, I was very hurt. This was also my church so I had to leave that too and am searching for a new one. I have serious weight issues I know which doesn’t help the early arthritis. I want to cry all the time. I have forgotten what “I” used to feel like. I have no energy to exercise. My skin often itches and my hair has become very brittle. I’d love to sleep properly, I wake twice a night at least for the loo even though I have reduced my evening intake of liquids. I would cope much better if I could just sleep and stay asleep. Please help. Thanks

  • Mark Smith June 7, 2011, 12:56 am

    I am always tired. I had a sleep apena study on me in 2003. I had a mild case. I am 45, when I turn 35 this is when my tiredness begin. I get sleep sometime, but I drink plenty of 2% milk. Could milk be a problem for me? I really love milk. I drink 2% normally, but I like soy, chococlate, strawberry, organic it doesn’t matter. I do need to exercise more that should help me. I only walk, take the stairs at work and run after my 6 year old son.

  • Jessica Rae June 9, 2011, 7:50 pm

    WOW!!! There are a lot of us, huh? Look at all these posts. I feel like everyone in my life cannot sympathize with me. Life feels extremely hard for me and in fact it’s pretty easy given all the factors. I live alone, I don’t pay much rent and I work when I feel like it. I have had this issue for most of my life. I could easily sleep for 12 hours and still be tired. I get a lot of exercise and I eat pretty well. I am healthy. I am stress free but simple tasks can seem so hard for me. My body always aches and I always want to sleep. I am small 4’11 and 100 Lbs. I am 27 but I feel so heavy, sometimes standing in the shower seems too hard so I have to sit. Finding the motivation to do anything is soo hard. I am not lazy but it’s like there is something in my head telling me I have to sleep, that I can’t accomplish anything. I feel like this is a mental sickness. I am literally addicted to sleep. I love sleeping so much but I really want to live, I want to be out doing things, but even walking seems like too much work. Ugh, I wish there was something for me…..I’m just glad knowing I am not the only one. There should be more research on this, because this affects our entire lives.

  • katy June 9, 2011, 8:19 pm

    i am 14 i feel as if i get sleep but feel very tired thougout the day

  • Leslie June 16, 2011, 6:15 pm

    Victoria – it could be candida overgrowth. You need to take good probiotics, lots of yogurt and lay off any food that is white – sugar, flour, rice – at least for a time. Google candida diets and you may find what you need to know. It certainly has worked for me.

  • Jenny June 22, 2011, 12:44 pm

    Now I’m no doctor, but those of you who are under the age of 20 and still in shool are bound to be tired… school is the most stressful time in your life with all the exams and studying you’re supposed to do!

    I am 27 and had suffered with tiredness for years. Alot of my friend and coworkers all said that I must be anemic as I’m very slim and eat healthy, so anemia must be the problem. I went to the doctors for testing but nothing was found (and my doctor as usual told me to better my diet when I know I already eat healthy! Hate doctors!).
    I assumed I was getting enough exsersise as I walk to work and back every day, but a friend of mine gave me a yoga dvd to work out to first thing every morning. I must admit that for the first week or so getting up an hour earlier than usual fir this yoga dvd almost killed me! But I’m really benefiting for it now and have bundles of spare energy, I feel like a new person!
    I’m now progressing, doing an hour of yoga when I get up and a half hour pulse work out. Not only am I sleeping well and feeling far better than I could have imagined but I can also put my palms flat on the floor with out bending my knees!
    I hope this helps.

    • tess August 16, 2011, 11:49 pm

      I feel the same exact way. I have a 3 yr old and work a lotbbut on my lunch breaks I always feel the need for a nap. My way to give myself an “upper” is by taking caffeine pills. (which I know is horrible but its the only think that gives me a boost to wake up) I can sleep all day every. I feel ashamed because I know its not fair to my daughter.. I could be using those hours to spend with her. I do suffer from depression and am being treated for it. I never sleep a whole night through and can’t fall asleep right away. I am not a lazy person.. but this fatigue is ruining my life. What can I do? Thank you

  • Jenny June 22, 2011, 12:50 pm

    Oh and i stopped eating bread! So that could be another reason why I feeling better.

  • damian June 23, 2011, 6:17 pm

    im 28 years old and have been feeling tired now for the past 8 years. ive been to the doc’s and had every test there is and everything as come back normal….. i sleep quite well at night but when i get back from work 8-4 my eyes are rolling in my head and i have to go to sleep. also in my job i can get to a custermer’s house and fall asleep within minutes outside in my van…. now its affecting my life as my wife and kids are fed up as ive never got the energy to do or go any where….. im not over weight and i eat quite well. the doc’s have not got a clue as why can any body help as its getting me down now…… thanks

  • Bill June 23, 2011, 8:54 pm

    Wow, it is nice to see that alot of people have the same problem, however, their aren’t that many people giving advice. First of all, for you people that are still teenagers, you don’t really have a problem. Being a teenager means you dont have anything important that you need be doing, im sure your stressful day of going to high school is very burdensome. You are going through hormonal changes, just wait, it will probably pass.
    Second of all, there are some of you who obviously don’t want to take the proper steps to attempt to remedy the problem, DIET and EXERCISE are number 1. If you eat fast food everyday, and never go to the gym, then dont ask why your tired, ask why your lazy, dont waste our time.
    Third, for those of you like me, 25, eat healthy, take vitamin supplements, exercise 4-5 times a week, it seems like there is a problem. I tried getting off caffiene thinking that I was just crashing all the time, but with or without it, im hitting a wall daily. Not only am i tired physically, but mentally im not on the same level as i usually am. i have no motivation and want to find a bed all day. I get 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Im going to try to cut that back to 5-6. I hear that getting too much sleep will make you tired as well. I dont have a solution, but im fighting the tired fight as well, and will update if i find anything out. Truck on my exhausted friends. Btw Jenny, no one cares that you can touch the floor, how is that supposed to help anyone, find a friend who cares.

  • tom June 25, 2011, 5:42 pm

    i know i usually sleep through the night, i try to stay on a routine, i exercise, im health, but for as long as i can remember ive always been going though about half my days feeling like my eyes where fighting to stay open. if i had to come up with an answer why, id say its probably something i could fix if i focused on it enough. for someone like me, just try to relax, breath deeply, take time out for yourself, go to your favorite restaurant for lunch once a week, try to laugh as much as possible, and also go to bed earlier and try to get in the routine of waking up naturally without an alarm early in the morning. and some of you are probably oversleeping

  • Dessy Starduster June 30, 2011, 3:55 pm

    I am tired right now, When will I get use to the time changed.
    I wake up at 10am or before 9am in the morning. I am going to bed early because of School at 6am in the morning. I am very healthy, I have started to exercise and do Jujitsu Karate, which is giving me some energy later in evening then when I come home, all I want to do is sleep.. but I don’t drink plenty of water, I wonder if this cause me to lose energy… which you have said. Please help me and advice for better sleep for my arrangements in getting energy back.. and thank you

  • jim coldfield July 12, 2011, 5:43 am

    Diet is a huge issue. It affects how aware, alert, and awake feeling you are. To not include diet as a cause for daily fatigue is a mistake. That ‘I want to take a nap’ feeling right after eating a Big Mac isn’t a coincidence.

  • Yvette Encalada July 12, 2011, 7:15 pm

    I go to bed between 10 and 11 and I get up between 7 and 8. I sleep all night and eat healthy foods! I’m not overly stressed nor high strung! I’m a very happy and relaxed person and live the American dream! Why do I still get overly tired and need to take a nap in the late mornings just to get thru the days? I’m a fairly healthy person also! Something has got to be wrong! I use to be very hyper and active and now I’m not! I want to be very active again! Any suggestions?

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