We’ve all been there. It seems as if no matter how much you rest or sleep, you are always feeling tired. Even though feeling tired from time to time can be normal. Maybe you caught the flu, or you just went to bed late. However, chronic fatigue can really harm your quality of life. In most cases fatigue can be helped with a change of lifestyle or by treating an underlying medical problem. But in order to know what type of changes you need to make, you first need to know what some of the reasons may be. So, here are some answers to “why am I so tired?”.
It seems as if no matter how much you rest or sleep, you are always feeling tired
We’ve all asked ourselves this question. However, sometimes it’s really hard to pinpoint what the reasons behind this feeling of tiredness is. That’s why today we’ve gathered 5 reasons why you may be feeling tired all the time.
Sometimes it’s really hard to pinpoint what the reasons behind this feeling
#Low Quality Sleep
There is a difference between sleeping and getting quality sleep. During sleep, the body handles a ton of stuff. It starts to regenerate and repair cells, it releases growth hormones and so on. Our body also should be restful and uninterrupted in order for your brain to go through the three stages of NREM (non-rapid eye movement) and one REM (rapid eye movement), which is the part of sleep in which you dream. If you do not go through those stages as you should, you will not have been able to rest enough. The Sleep Research Society recommends that normal functioning adults get around 7 hours of sleep. Having restless sleep, tossing and turning, as well as insomnia disrupt the quality of the sleep cycle and may leave you feeling fatigued.
There is a difference between sleeping and getting quality sleep
Our diets affect the way we feel. In order to have enough energy and nutrients for your body to perform normal processes you need a nutrient-dense diet. If you are under eating or eating foods that are processed and don’t have a lot of nutritional value, this will start leading to body exhaustion. Skipping out on calories and important nutrients such as protein will make your body to start to break down muscle and fat in order to start meeting its energy demands. Consequently, this will trigger fatigue.
Eating foods that don’t have a lot of nutritional value will start leading to body exhaustion
Although having feelings of stress from time to time is normal, chronic stress is linked to feelings of fatigue. Chronic stress can cause functional and structural changes within the brain which leads to chronic inflammation, which also contribute to feelings of tiredness. While some stressful situations can’t be avoided, it’s best to start learning how to manage it in order to prevent absolute exhaustion.
Chronic stress is linked to feelings of fatigue
While coffee and caffeinated drinks can help wake you up a bit and give you a temporary energy boost, rely too much on them can actually cause feelings of fatigue the next day. This is because consuming too much caffeine actually harms your sleep and causes such feelings. Research shows that people who feel tired in the morning are most likely to consumer larger amounts of caffeine, which then impairs with your sleep, which causes you to wake up tired again. And it just becomes an infinite loop.
Consuming too much caffeine actually harms your sleep
#Not Enough Water
Drinking plenty of water is vital for your body and mind to function as they should. Being hydrated is crucial for maintaining energy levels. Since our bodies have many biochemical reactions that take place during the day, it results in water loss. This water needs to be replaced, by you drinking more water. Dehydration affects your whole body, including the sleep cycle. People who don’t drink enough water, sleep less in general.
Being hydrated is crucial for maintaining energy levels
So, we hope we answered your question of “why am I so tired?” and you found this article useful. We hope that now you know what some of the causes are, you can start to make changes and start enjoying better quality sleep.