Saturday 9 December 2023

Why Are You Feeling So Tired?

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It’s normal to feel tired some of the time, and when you do feel a little sleepy, there’s usually a good reason for it. You might not have gone to bed early enough, or perhaps you had a particularly strenuous day. No matter what, a good night’s sleep and you’ll generally feel better. 

What if you don’t, though? What if you wake up feeling just as tired as when you went to sleep? The danger is that this can become something we get used to, so we just think of it as the usual thing without wondering if there’s an underlying cause, but the fact is that constant tiredness isn’t right and shouldn’t be normalised. There will be a reason behind it, and working out what that reason is means you can fix the issue. Read on to find out more. 


You Don’t Get Enough Sleep

Let’s start with the most obvious reason for being tired all the time and the one that’s easiest to fix - you don’t get enough sleep. Although everyone is different, most people will need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night, and if you’re getting significantly less than that, it’s sure to account for your constant lethargy, especially if you’ve got a busy life during your waking hours. 

The issue is that lack of sleep isn’t just something that makes you feel tired; there are other consequences too. Some of the most serious include obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart problems, and stress. 

The best way to solve the issue is to know what time you have to get up in the morning and work backwards from there so you know what time you have to go to bed. If you’re having trouble getting to sleep (or staying asleep) then it’s worth discussing it with your doctor as they might have some helpful advice. 

You’re Lacking Vitamin B12

We’ve gone from a fairly vague idea of how much sleep you need to something a lot more specific; your potential lack of vitamin B12. When you have enough B12 in your diet, you’ll feel energised and awake, so a lack of it means the opposite; you’ll constantly feel tired. 

As with many things, eating a better diet can solve the issue, and ensuring that there’s plenty of vitamin B12 included in that healthy diet is a wise move. You can get this vitamin from fruit, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains, so it should be easy to get enough of it. If not, however, you can use supplements to help boost your intake. 

You Don’t Drink Enough Water

Water is such a great thing for the human body and it’s so easy to get into your daily routine - your body literally tells you when it needs more - that it shouldn’t be a surprise to know that without enough water, things start to go wrong, and among the many things that can go wrong is the fact that you won’t have any energy and you’ll feel tired. 

The best thing to do is to have a reusable water bottle with you at all times, and make sure you sip from it regularly - that’s better than chugging a load of water in one go and then forgetting to drink for another few hours. Try to make it your mission to drink a certain amount each day and gradually increase your intake, and you should feel a lot more awake.