If you experience extreme tiredness throughout the day, you’re not alone, almost 40 percent of the population is affected by fatigue. If you feel you are getting enough sleep and are not experiencing any sleep problems or disturbances, you might be surprised by the things which can zap away your energy levels.
Poor Diet or Nutritional Deficiencies
When you don’t get enough food, your blood sugar levels remain low, leaving you with very little energy. Foods high in sugar or caffeine can cause an energy crash once the fast-moving sugar wears off. Deficiencies in nutrients such as Vitamins B, C, and D, and iron can all lead to fatigue. Dehydration may also lead to fatigue, so make sure you have enough food and water to keep you healthy and moving throughout the day.
Lack of Exercise
Exercise takes energy but increases it as well. By increasing heart rate, blood moves faster through the body, carrying oxygen and other nutrients to cells and vital organs like the brain. Consistent exercise increases strength and stamina to improve many functions of the body, including better sleep. However, exercise should not be performed close to bedtime, as it may make it difficult to fall asleep or to sleep well.
Mental Health or Behavioral Issues
Anxiety, depression, and stress can leave you feeling drained and tired. Trying to meet the expectations of others, neglecting enjoyable activities, over-commitment, and consistent worry can all suck the life out of you and make you feel fatigued and miserable. Talk with your physician about therapy or medication if you feel your mental health may be getting in the way of healthy rest.
Health Conditions or Medications
Many health conditions such as anemia, thyroid disorders, heart disease, and diabetes can cause fatigue. If other reasons for extreme tiredness cannot be uncovered, you might be experiencing an underlying health issue. Also, some medications may cause fatigue as well so check with your doctor before taking any that may leave you feeling drained.
Your adrenal glands affect metabolism, hormone levels, and electrolyte balance in the body. One of the most common effects of adrenal fatigue is due to low sex hormones, specifically testosterone. Low testosterone treatment may be necessary to help get your hormone levels back on track to bring energy levels back to normal.
If you cannot uncover a reason for your fatigue, it may be necessary to consult your physician. Look at the other parts of your life that may be causing your tiredness, rather than just sleep.