How to identify the true cause of your tiredness and what to do about it in order to regain your energy
When people tell their friends or their doctor that they are always tired, more often than not they are not taken seriously enough. Their condition is often too easily dismissed as just "normal tiredness" that all of us occasionally experience. But that's not always the case.
If you're really tired all the time, and if your condition persists for weeks or even months on end, then your tiredness should be taken very seriously and you should do something about it.
Our website will try to help you identify the true cause of your persistent tiredness and show you what to do about it. Hopefully, we'll be able to help you get rid of tiredness and start living a life that's filled with energy. So let's get to it.
The cause of your tiredness – it's not always obvious
Everybody knows that you'll be tired if:
- You don't get enough sleep
- You go to the gym and work out more than you're used to
- You have a flu, a cold, or some other infection
- You live in a constant state of stress
- You go on a very restrictive diet and don't eat nearly as much food as your body needs
- And so on and so on…
In those cases the cause of your tiredness is obvious and it's usually quite clear what you need to do in order to overcome it. But sometimes things are not so easy. Sometimes people feel tired even though they sleep as much as they need to (or even more than that), they eat the right kind of food and in the right amounts and, as far as they know, there's nothing medically wrong with them. In such cases, the first step to overcoming your tiredness, should always be determining the cause of it.
Medical causes of tiredness
If you're always tired, the first thing that you'll probably think about is that you might have some underlying medical condition. And it's normal and logical that you'd think that – there are literally thousands of different medical conditions that have tiredness as one of their symptoms. Anything from a common cold to cancer, from diabetes to depression, from allergies to anemia, can be causing your tiredness. Or you might just be pregnant…
Because of this, it would be extremely hard to identify which medical condition is causing your tiredness, based solely on this one symptom. The good thing however (or bad, depends on how you look on it) is that most of these conditions are accompanied with other symptoms as well. These other symptoms will, in most cases, make it much easier for your doctor to correctly diagnose you. So if you have any other symptoms that you're experiencing, no matter how small or insignificant you might think they are, go see your doctor. Describe everything that is bothering you and, hopefully, he'll be able to diagnose and treat you.
If, on the other hand, your constant tiredness is the only symptom that you're experiencing, your doctor will probably have a very hard time coming up with the right diagnosis. If that's the case, please continue reading here: Most Common Medical Causes of Tiredness. Here you'll find a more detailed description of the most common conditions that have one thing in common - tiredness is their first and most noticeable symptom.
Is it possible that your lifestyle is the reason why you're always tired?
Quite often, when people feel tired for extended periods of time, the cause is not some mysterious illness that no doctor was able to diagnose – it's simply the way they live their lives. Let me start by asking you a couple of questions:
- Do you feel less tired during the weekend?
- If you take a couple of days off from work, what happens to your tiredness levels?
- When was the last time that you could just go through the day… without worrying at all… about anything?
- Do you eat healthy food… and in healthy amounts?
- Would you describe yourself as a fit person?
And one final question:
- If you had a chance to take a trip to a nice tropical island, where you could just lie on the beach sipping cocktails all day, never worrying about your job, your kids, or any of your usual responsibilities… And if you could stay there for a full month… or make that two months. Do you think you'd still be as tired as you are now?
Answering those questions might give you some idea if your tiredness is related to a medical condition or if it's a direct result of the way you live your life. But answering questions such as these will not be able to give you a definitive answer. Not at all. Over the years we have noticed that most people, whose tiredness is a direct result of their habits and/or lifestyle, are not doing anything that is obviously wrong. They are simply making a lot of tiny little mistakes, which have a great cumulative effect, resulting in constant tiredness.
Let me give you a couple of examples:
You could be tired because of your diet
And you don't necessarily need to eat a lot of low quality food. You could simply be missing a vital nutrient that you're not getting. For more about this, read: Nutrients that you need if you're always tired
Sometimes, the problem is reversed. Nothing is lacking from your diet, but you're eating something that you shouldn't. Here's more about food and drink to avoid if you feel tired. And you should probably also read about common food allergies that could be causing your tiredness.
And here's a short article that will give you a more general view on relationship between food and tiredness.
Maybe you're tired because of the way you sleep
Everybody knows that sleep is related to tiredness. What most people don't know is that sleep problems are one of the most common causes of tiredness in adult population. But even though they are very common, most of these never gets diagnosed, and consequently, are never treated. The reason for this is that most people that suffer from sleep problems have absolutely no idea that something is wrong with the way they sleep. The only thing they do know is that they're always tired.
If you'd like to know more about this, go to a more in-depth discussion of common sleep problems and we'll tell you how to recognize and treat some of the most common sleep problems that could be the real culprit behind your tiredness.
I shouldn't neglect to mention that even if you don't suffer from an undiagnosed sleeping condition, there's a lot you can do in order to improve the quality of your sleep. Here's a nice article on raising the quality of sleep. It will explain how you can wake up more refreshed, energetic, and relaxed (and that's without resorting to more sleep).
Stress will make you tired – could this be the main cause behind your tiredness?
Being under heavy stress is exhausting. That's no secret. But what most people don't know is that even if you only suffer from what some people refer to as "normal stress", you will get tired. And if that goes on for extended period of time it might overburden your adrenal glands, leading to a condition that is known as adrenal exhaustion (also known as adrenal burnout or adrenal fatigue). Basically, this means that you'll feel tired all the time.
If you think that stress might be one of contributors to your constant tiredness, go on and read more about stress and its effects on tiredness.
Other lifestyle factors
There are many other lifestyle factors that could be contributing or causing your tiredness. Some of those are exercise, overuse of caffeine and/or other stimulants, and even such simple things as not getting enough water.
Psychological causes of tiredness
Your tiredness could have a psychological cause. In fact, some studies have shown that such "psychological tiredness" is so widespread that it is actually much more common than tiredness, which is a result of a physical problem. Being unhappy, without a purpose or disappointed with the way your life has turned out will often lead to listlessness and tiredness. You can find more about it here: Depression and tiredness
We hope that our website will be able to help you find the real reason for why you're always tired, so you can get busy overcoming your condition and getting your life back on track.
We would also like to take this opportunity to recommend a great resource for people who are suffering from tiredness. It's called the End Tiredness Program and was designed as a step-by-step program that helps people permanently overcome tiredness and start living richer and more energetic lives. Over the years it has been proven very effective and so we highly recommend it.