6 (Potential) Reasons Why You Feel Tired All the Time

Feeling tired most of the time is a very common problem among all age groups. About one-third of healthy teens, adults, and older individuals report feeling tired almost every day. But why?

5 min read - 24 June 2021 Tired and sleepy woman at work In medical terms, fatigue may be an indication of several health conditions – but before you start to panic, why not try a few lifestyle changes to reverse this situation? If lifestyle changes are not enough, minor medical support may also be sufficient.

If you feel tired all the time, it could be due to one of the following:


1) Vitamin or Mineral Deficiency

Being tired all the time can be caused by vitamin and/or mineral deficiency. Low levels of vitamin D, vitamin B12, iron, magnesium, or potassium may mean you regularly feel tired. You can consult a doctor to have a blood test to detect if you’re suffering from a lack of any of these substances, and depending on the result your doctor may recommend taking some supplements and changing your everyday diet.


2) Anemia

If you frequently feel tired, sleepy, and cold, you may have anemia. This is a very common blood condition that primarily affects women. If you have anemia, it means you don’t have enough red blood cells. This can occur for many reasons. Your doctor will recommend supplements like iron and may prescribe specific medication.


3) Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a disorder that keeps you from getting enough oxygen when you sleep. If your body struggles for oxygen it will wake you up in the night. And this lack of sleep means you wake up even more tired in the morning. People who snore should pay particular attention to this issue and should consult an ear, nose, and throat doctor, or a sleep specialist.


4) Sedentary Lifestyle

Doing physical activities during the day boosts energy levels. Meanwhile, a sedentary lifestyle can make you feel tired and sleepy all the time. Take a brisk walk, jog, ride a bicycle, do pilates, yoga, dance, or any physical activity that you enjoy and you’ll see a change in your energy levels after a few sessions. This may feel difficult at first, but in time you’ll see the benefits.


5) Being Overweight

Overweight people have to work harder to do the simplest physical tasks, like climbing the stairs, walking from the bus stop to their home, etc. The more weight you carry, the harder your body must work. Even activities requiring minimal effort will leave you exhausted. Being overweight also increases the probability of having sleep apnea. A diet and training plan under the control of a doctor may help you lose weight and regain your energy. Remember to start with light activities like walking, swimming, climbing the stairs instead of taking the elevator, etc. Eat more fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Stop eating sugary, processed, and fast food.


6) Eating Refined Carbs

Carbs are a quick source of energy. When you eat them, your body breaks them down into sugar, which is used as fuel by your body. But if you consume too many refined carbs, this will eventually make you feel more tired by causing a rapid rise in blood sugar. Your pancreas will secrete insulin to lower blood sugar levels and you’ll feel exhausted during this fluctuation.

To keep your energy levels stable, replace refined carbs with whole foods rich in fiber, such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts.
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