Poll five people and odds are good at least one of them cops to feeling tired. In fact, chronic exhaustion is so pervasive the medical field has coined a new acronym for the condition: TATT, or “tired all the time”.
This helps explain why there are countless resources devoted to teaching people how to get better sleep. While that information is hugely important, it’s not the end-all be-all of fatigue. Sometimes, tiredness isn’t the result of poor sleep habits. It can also stem from a variety of conditions that have been proven to zap people of their mental and/or physical energy.
If you’re chronically exhausted and sleep tips aren’t cutting it, it may be time to consider these more surprising reasons for feeling TATT.
The solution to tiredness isn’t always as simple as “get more sleep.” Instead, the antidote to exhaustion depends on the reason you feel fatigued in the first place. By considering a variety of medical and lifestyle factors, you’ll be on your way to identifying what makes you tired all the time—and get one step closer to rejuvenation.
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Read some tips on what to do if you have some of these symptoms and always consult a medical professional for an evaluation.
Anemia can take many forms, each characterized by a deficiency of the red blood cells needed to sufficiently distribute oxygen throughout the body. This can lead to exhaustion, which may be present all the time, or may ramp up during physical activity. Other symptoms of anemia include shortness of breath, dizziness, pale skin, odd food cravings, headaches, feeling cold, and irritability.
Anxiety can provoke drowsiness in several ways. For starters, it can make you toss and turn all night long, which prevents quality sleep. Racing thoughts can also drain you of energy during the waking hours—mental and physical tiredness are actually common symptoms of anxiety. Other symptoms of anxiety include irritability, trouble concentrating, restlessness, a pervading sense of dread, muscular tension, shortness of breath, headaches, and stomachaches.
Anyone who’s ever enjoyed a big Thanksgiving meal knows food can make you sleepy. But for people with food sensitivities, that sleepiness happens more than one day out of the year. In fact, feeling physically fatigued and/or mentally sluggish after eating a certain food is one of the best indicators that you are sensitive to it.
Seasonal allergies send your immune system into overdrive, which taps your body’s energy reserves. Congestion can make it hard to get a good night’s sleep, and many over-the-counter medications designed to treat seasonal allergies list daytime drowsiness as a side effect. All these factors explain why even a mild case of hay fever can provoke fatigue.
Sleep apnea can wreak havoc on a person’s body in a number of ways, not the least of which is persistent fatigue. That’s because sleep apnea prompts your breathing to stop and re-start throughout the night, thus preventing sound sleep and causing exhaustion. It also puts sufferers at a heightened risk for cardiovascular disease, depression, diabetes, memory loss, and car and work accidents.
More than 30 million Americans have a thyroid disorder, many of whom experience sleepiness. The thyroid produces hormones that regulate heartbeat, metabolism, and body temperature, among other duties. When a person’s thyroid is underactive, it doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormones; when it’s over-active, it produces more than necessary. This results in a cascade of symptoms, including exhaustion, depression, anxiety, changes in appetite, mental sluggishness, sleep disturbances, and rapid changes in weight.
Sleep is the best mediation 😴
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