There's nothing normal about constantly feeling tired or weak. But just because it's not normal, doesn't mean you can't identify the problem and fix it. There's so many reasons why somebody might be feeling fatigued, and majority of the causes are not serious or life threatening, though some can be. Most reasons are rather harmless and temporary, and are often caused by an unhealthy lifestyle or changes in a person's daily routine. If you've been dealing with your tiredness and low energy levels for some time now, maybe it's time you try to get to the root of the problem to get your life back in order and get your energy back up. The best way to do this, is to use the process of elimination. Take a look at some of the most common reasons people feel tired all the time, and try to correct each thing, one by one, until you notice your body starting to adjust back to normal. The following are some of those things that you may want to examine to make sure they are not causing your fatigue.
When most people think of caffeine, they tend to think of it as an energy booster. If you're suffering from chronic fatigue and always feeling lazy or tired, the first thing you will probably do to try to fix it is start drinking caffeinated drinks such as soda pop and coffee, and this will probably give you a quick energy boost and make you feel more alert. The effects of caffeine usually last between 2 hours to 5 hours for most people. The problem with using caffeine as an energy booster is how it affects your body after it begins to wear off. When you drink or consume things that contain caffeine, you are basically pushing your body to stay energized, the way a jockey at a horsetrack would push their horse to run faster during a race. As soon as the race ends, or as soon as the caffeine starts to wear off, the body usually feels even more tired than it normally would because it has to rest. The more often you drink caffeine, the less time you are giving your body to rest and take it easy, and this means that he negative withdrawal effects will last even longer the more often you do it. So while caffeinated beverages may be giving you energy when you need it, it's really doing more harm than good because you're putting a lot of irregular stress on your body. However, the withdrawal effects after quitting can include headaches, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, concentration problems, as well as many other unpleasant side effects. Because of this, you should wean yourself off it very slowly by decreasing the amount of caffeine you intake each day. If you drink three sodas a day, gradually start cutting down by starting with two a day, then one and then eventually zero. You may feel very tired the first month or so after you stop, but this is just because your body needs to do all that catching up and adjust itself back to normal again.
Your sleeping schedule or duration is probably the first thing you think of when you try to figure out what may be causing you to lose your energy during the day. When it comes to how many hours a person should sleep each night, it's a very debated topic and many people disagree with each other on just how much. But what most people agree on is that adults should get somewhere between 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night, while children and teens may need as much as 10 hours of sleep. If you think you're getting enough sleep and can't see anything wrong with how many hours you sleep, the problem may be something that you're not able to see yourself, such as obstructive sleep apnea. Some people have this disorder which causes a person to briefly stop breathing in their sleep sometimes, or to go through periods of very shallow breathing. These triggers can cause a person to wake up many times during the night, even though they may not remember all those times they were woken up once they are fully awake the next day. If you think you may have this disorder, you can see a doctor or specialist and they can run some tests or peform a few studies on you while you sleep to determine if you do indeed have it. Another possible reason for someone feeling tired due to sleeping problems is when a person changes their sleeping patterns a lot. If you go to sleep at different times each night, than your body may be exhausting itself and you're putting a lot of stress on it. For example, if a person normally sleeps during the night, but then begins to switch things up and hits the sack during the daytime a few times, this can definitely cause them to feel tired when awake. On the other hand, as far as the amount of hours you sleep each night, some people have noticed that if they oversleep, they wake up feeling tired throughout the day and some even experience a constant headache or other problems for some duration of the day. It's hard for doctors to say just how many hours are too much or why some people feel like this when they snooze for periods longer than normal, but this may also be the cause of your problems.
Your body is your temple, and what you put it into it can greatly affect the way you feel. This one is probably a no-brainer, but some people just aren't too careful about what they eat. If you're always eating unhealthy foods or a diet that isn't very balanced, than you're not going to be feeling your best on most days. For one, you should make sure that your diet has a full range of vitamins and nutrients in all your meals. Don't just eat the same foods everyday or a limited type of food. For example, if you're eating nothing but chicken every day, you're not going to be getting any vitamin C or any dietary fiber from a diet like that, since chicken doesn't contain these nutrients. Because of this, you would have to eat some foods that do have them, such as leafy vegetables or fruits. However, when it comes to fruits and other foods that are high in sugar, you should limit how much you eat each day as well. Too little is bad for your health, but too much can also be bad. Sugar can have the same effects that caffeine has on your body, meaning that it energizes your body but also pushes your body to work harder and deprives it of rest. Once you start to come down from your sugar high, you're going to feel twice as tired as you normally would if you hadn't ate any. In addition to these types of foods, eating lots of junk food and greasy or fried foods can not only can cause nutrient imbalances or deficiencies, but can cause cholesterol problems which leads to poor circulation. If your blood can't circulate properly and efficiently, than it's not going to be able to supply oxygen and nutrients to the body quickly and you may feel sluggish and fatigued all the time. For the same reasons, red meat is another food that you should stay away from or at least try to cut down on how much you consume.
Exercising is one of the healthiest things you can do for your body, but it can also wear you out if you're doing it all the time. Majority of bodybuilders and trainers agree that you should give yourself a few days each week to recover from any workouts or exercising routines you do on a regular basis. If your muscles feel sore for many days after working out, then it's a sign that you should give yourself more time between workout sessions. Working out every other day or every 3 days is probably ideal and it's perfectly normal for your muscles to feel tired directly after exercising. But although your muscles may feel tired, exercise actually improves overall energy levels for most people. There have been a number of medical studies in recent years where people with chronic fatigue were studied and surveyed. The researchers found that in the majority of the people they studied, their energy levels improved dramatically after they forced themselves to exercise.
Anxiety and Stress
Stress and anxiety are two different things, but they often go hand in hand and can both cause you to feel tired on a regular basis. This is similar to how caffeine and sugar can affect you, and in fact, both of those stimulants can actually lead to more stress or anxiety. When you're stressed out, your body doesn't want to rest or take a break because it thinks that something external is happening to where it should stay alert. Just like a security guard who is staying alert outside a bank, the more energy that guard exerts and the longer that guard has to stay awake and alert, the more tired he will be on the job. So if you think you may be suffering from either of these two things, you should definitely take steps to reduce your stress levels and get rid of your anxiety. Sometimes stress can be mental, so if you're worrying about anything a lot, try to take your mind off it. Money problems and work are two of the most common things people worry about and stress over. So even something drastic such as finding a better paying job or switching to an easier career may help you feel relief and get your energy back.
Disorder or Illness
If you can't pinpoint what is causing you to feel tired all the time, then it may be time to speak to a doctor and get a checkup or some bloodwork done. All your energy problems may be related to a disorder or illness that you're not aware of, and something that only a doctor can see through lab testing or a simple office visit. But you shouldn't panic and start to think of deadly diseases or fatal illnesses. Sometimes a person's fatigue can be caused by something as simple and as curable as a gastric ulcer or a vitamin deficiency. In this case, something as simple as taking antibiotics,a multivitamin, or prescription medicine for awhile can help fix things and get you back to normal. Another disorder that commonly manifests with the main symptom of sleepiness is hypersomnia (not to be mistaken with insomnia). With this particular chronic disorder, a person feels the need to sleep at odd hours during the day, regardless of how much sleep they had or how healthy they are otherwise, and taking naps does not relieve the symptoms at all. If a person is diagnosed with hypersomnia, doctors will usually try to treat them with various prescription medications or drugs, though this isn't always success for some people. However, if you suddenly began to experience weakness and it came on rather quickly within a day or two, then you should definitely visit an emergency room or 24 hour clinic, as it may be something that is serious or life-threatening.
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