“Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration, and resentment.” ~ Dale Carnegie
Many things cause us to feel tired. Whether external or internal, we all suffer from fatigue at some point.
Tiredness can come in various ways, in multiple seasons, and in certain degrees.
As the wisest man, Solomon, once said, “To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NKJV).
Understanding our season and its reason is imperative to find the remedy and solution.
With increasing knowledge, we can better understand how to move forward.
Ten Reasons You Are Tired
1. Bad Sleep
A lack of sleep has been proven to lead to all kinds of health problems. One of these is tiredness and fatigue.
When we don’t get enough sleep, we tend to feel sluggish, confused, and tired throughout the day. Our body has not had time to recover, nor our mind. When we suffer from tiredness, our tiredness turns into fatigue (if not addressed) over time.
Whenever we are stressed, we enter into a Sympathetic Response. This is our “Fight-or-Flight” mechanism that occurs within our Autonomic Nervous System.
When this is continually put into overdrive, it is easy to feel tired.
Just as an Olympic runner can only run for so long until finishing the race and needing rest, so our bodies can go for only so long before needing rest.
If we don’t take time to step away from what is stressing us, we can be like an Olympic runner who chooses to run the same long-distance race five times in a row. Eventually, we will crash.
3. Too Much Dopamine Release
Dopamine is good but in moderation.
If we continually check notifications from our phones and get a dopamine release from other addictions (drugs, pornography, etc.), we can eventually overindulge in that neurochemical. When this occurs, we will feel drained (especially mentally).
It is good to check social media and do other appropriate things in moderation. Too much of anything can be problematic and lead to undesired effects.
4. Too Much Caffeine
Healthline states, “Relying too heavily on caffeinated beverages may harm your sleep cycle and lead to fatigue. Therefore, cutting back on caffeine may help restore your sleep and energy levels.”
If we take too much caffeine during the day, we will reach a crash. Why? Because we have relied too much on an external source to get us through the day when we are already tired.
Remember, significant increases in the quantity of anything can lead to greater consequences. In the words of Socrates, “All things in moderation, including moderation.”
5. Poor Hydration
When we don’t drink enough water, we deprive our body and brain of the proper fluids it needs. The brain and heart are composed of 73% water. When we don’t get the appropriate amount of water, we tend to feel more tired.
Our brain’s ability to function and operate becomes foggy. Naturally, we fall into a state of tiredness - unable to concentrate and think clearly.
6. Too Much or Too Little Exercise
We must move each day, but moving too much can make us tired.
Working out multiple hours a day can lead to tiredness, especially when food and water intake are insufficient and not as they should be.
On the other hand, too little exercise can make us feel sluggish or restless.
Our sleep will be affected if we do not move throughout the day. Again, poor sleep leads to tiredness and fatigue.
7. Daytime Naps
Don’t take a nap within eight hours of going to bed. Doing so will affect your sleep that night (which, again, can affect your level of tiredness the following day).
Cleveland Clinic states, “Depression can cause you to have little interest in daily activities, which can lead to fatigue, as well as affect your eating and sleeping habits.”
Be sure to speak to someone or your doctor if you are struggling with depression.
9. Underactive Thyroid
The NHS states, “An underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) is where your thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones. Common signs of an underactive thyroid are tiredness, weight gain, and feeling depressed.”
If you believe your thyroid is not producing enough hormones, consult with your doctor.
10. Being Sick
None of us feel good when we are sick. Many times when we get sick, we must prioritize sleep. Our body is tired and trying to fight off the sickness.
Taking time to prioritize sleep will help you to feel less tired and have more energy.
Don’t expect a sudden cure after one night of good rest, but know that in time, through great sleep, your body will ward off the common sicknesses that we all tend to get (cough, cold, sore throat, etc.).
What To Do After Knowing The Cause Of Your Tiredness
Tiredness comes in a variety of ways. It can occur on a psychological or physiological level.
Whether external or internal, tiredness can get the better of us at different times in life.
Knowing what is causing us to be tired can better help us understand the appropriate actions that must take place.
For next steps, see the following:
- Book a call with Tiger Medical Institute to receive value and help combat tiredness.
- Read our article: How Do I Boost Energy and Stop Feeling So Tired?
- Read our article: Who Should I See For Tiredness?