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Why am I feeling tired, and what can I do about it?

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  • August 29, 2016

Are you tired of feeling tired?

Feeling tired is more than just an inconvenience.

Whilst it’s not unusual to find yourself feeling tired during the day from time to time, persistent daytime tiredness will have a negative impact on many areas of your life.

It can be linked to a number of different factors.

We help you to get to the root of the problem.

Feeling tired

Feeling tired

 

What is likely to be causing your tiredness?

There are many different potential causes of your tiredness. But GPs report that in the main, patients suffering from tiredness don’t have any physical symptoms.

Especially if you are of working age, the chances are that your fatigue is linked with mood and the accumulation of lots of little stresses in your day.

Unwanted or unpleasant change can often cause fatigue because the subconscious can often be forced to work overtime; this may also affect your ability to sleep.

It is worth taking stock of what has happened in the recent weeks and months of your life. Look at any work and family issues that may be affecting you.

Consider any specific events that may have triggered your tiredness, such as a bereavement or relationship break-up.

It is possible, of course, that there is a physical cause underlying the problem.

Possible physical causes of fatigue

Again, there are countless possible causes, but here are some of the most common.

Tiredness is actually one of the key symptoms of the onset of diabetes. If you are also experiencing increased thirst and weight loss, it is worth checking to make sure this is not the cause of your tiredness.

If you feel like you can’t be bothered to do anything, your muscles feel heavy, and you get tired very quickly; it’s possible you have anemia.

It is often caused by iron deficiency.

An underactive thyroid gland means you have too little thyroid hormone (thyroxine) in your body. This can make you feel tired also. If you have an underactive thyroid you are likely to put on weight and have aching muscles.

 

What can help to make you feel less tired?

The first thing you should do is try to identify the cause.

Determine whether it is most likely down to psychological or physical factors. Seek medical advice if you are concerned.

On a practical note, make simple lifestyle changes to help you combat your tiredness.Here are some of the key changes you should look to make.

Drink less caffeine and avoid drinking it in the evening. Stop using electronic devices at least an hour before you intend to sleep. Drink plenty of water. Sleep in a darkened room. Lose any excess weight and get regular aerobic exercise.

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