Do you often find yourself yawning and fighting to keep awake despite getting more than enough sleep? If you are often asking yourself “Why do I still feel so tired?”, this article if for you. Today, we solve the mystery of why you are always feeling tired.
1. Not moving much through the day
According to research, being sedentary—not doing enough physical activity—increases the chances of having restless, poor-quality sleep disrupted by snoring and breathing delays.
Being more active can help boost energy levels. So, replace sedentary habits for constructive and healthy ones to increase the energy levels. For example, if possible, stand rather than sit, take the stairs rather than the elevator, and walk rather than traveling short distances.
2. Feeling stressed
Psychological stress will have a significant effect on how long and how much you sleep, and lack of sleep can exacerbate the problem by making you feel much more depressed.
Lowering your stress levels or practicing better stress management techniques can help you sleep less during the day. Take things up with the doctor if you’re unable to do so on your own. You might find that talking to a psychiatrist is beneficial!
3. Side effects of medications
Several drugs can cause fatigue as a side effect. The following are some of the most popular drugs that can induce fatigue:
- Blood pressure medications
- Statins and fibrates (used to treat high cholesterol)
- Proton pump inhibitors (used to treat stomach conditions such as acid reflux)
- Benzodiazepines (used to treat anxiety, muscle spasms, seizures)
- Antihistamines (used to treat allergies)
- Antidepressants (used to treat depression)
- Antipsychotics (used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other serious psychiatric conditions)
- Antibiotics (used to treat bacterial infections)
- Diuretics (used to treat high blood pressure, glaucoma, and edema)
- Narcotic pain medications
4. Poor diet
When your diet is not rich in nutritious vitamins and nutrients, it’s difficult to meet your vitamin and mineral needs. Not getting enough vitamin D, iron and other important nutrients can also lead to fatigue.
In addition, when you consume foods that trigger blood sugar spikes, you get fatigued as soon as those sugar levels decrease. Consume a well-balanced diet rich in citrus, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein.
It can be frustrating when you always feel tired but are unable to find the reason behind your fatigue. But don’t give up on solving this mystery! Finding the source of your exhaustion can help you not only feel better with therapy, but it can also help you identify symptoms that need to be diagnosed for other causes.