Are You Always Tired??

One tends to blame daytime tiredness on a busy lifestyle; sometimes this is actually true. But there are actually situations in which some people are tired all the time.  They are always wondering WHY??

If this is you, use a month to make some changes such as getting to bed earlier, cutting back the social calendar, eating healthier foods, drinking more water, and cutting back on caffeine-weed-nicotine-alcohol.

If you continue to have that chronic daytime tiredness, something else needs to be addressed.  A professional may be needed to help you determine if this is a symptom of a serious medical problem that needs to be treated.

Common conditions that can cause chronic fatigue include:

Chronic tiredness from anemia results from a lack of red blood cells; these are the cells which transport oxygen from the lungs to the cells.

Thyroid Disease
The thyroid produces hormones which control your metabolism. Too much or too little causes fatigue.

Patients who have type 2 diabetes can’t handle glucose (sugar) correctly.  They are constantly tired.

Commonly, depression causes decreased energy and fatigue.  It is usually from a lack of serotonin which is made in the brain during stage 4 (non-REM restorative sleep).

Sleep Apnea
If you awaken exhausted, you may have sleep apnea, a condition in which one has interruptions in their breathing during sleep.  These interruptions cause arousals from sleep and keep one from getting into stage 4 and REM sleep—the two stages of sleep that give one the feeling of being refreshed.  Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is usually accompanied with snoring and excessive daytime tiredness.  OSA is caused by an obstruction in the airway resulting in temporary pauses in breathing during sleep.  OSA is easily diagnosed with a sleep test done in your own home.  Remember, snoring and OSA are treatable.  And they MUST be treated to prolong your life.