Reasons We Feel Excessive Tiredness

Sometimes your tiredness isn’t due to a lack of sleep. Here are some less obvious reasons why you may feel fatigued.

While it’s easy to say ‘I’m not a morning person’, there could be a few surprising reasons why you’re not waking with boundless energy each morning.

So tired of waking up tired?
If your busy life is filled with children, late working hours and unrelenting household chores, it’s no surprise you’re waking up and hitting the snooze button.
However, if you’re getting plenty of sleep and are still feeling tired, it could be time to take a look at some of your lifestyle choices.

You are what you eat

High-kilojoule foods that release their energy quickly and are nutritionally poor, such as chocolate or caffeinated drinks, may be contributing to your tiredness.
These products provide a short energy boost that can wear off quickly and make you feel even more tired.
Bupa GP Dr Tim Ross says you need a well balanced diet with a variety of foods to give you the nutrients you require to stay well, and the energy to carry out your day-to-day activities.
“An insufficient or bad balance of kilojoule intake will lead to tiredness.”

Alcohol and drugs

Alcohol and illicit, recreational drugs can contribute to increased feelings of tiredness, according to Dr Ross.
Regular use of cocaine and narcotics, in particular, can stimulate your nervous system and cause insomnia.
Alcohol, on the other hand, is a depressant that slows the nervous system down and disturbs normal sleep patterns.

man resting on couch

Lack of excercise

A lack of exercise can also impact on your sleep quality. But it’s important to know your limits, too. 
“Pushing your body too hard can cause injury or harm your health,” says Dr Ross.

Not to mention, working out right before bed warms up your body and can actually make it hard for you to drop off! So keep timing and amount of exercise in mind for best results.  

Emotional health

Are you having a tough time at work, or have recently experienced a bereavement? Stress, grief and depression can all be factors affecting your energy levels.
“Increased levels of stress can either make it harder to fall asleep or perhaps get too much sleep,” Dr Ross points out.
Feeling tired may also be one of the warning signs of depression. If you can’t seem to find another reason for your fatigue, and it’s been going on for more than two weeks, it’s important to seek professional help from your healthcare provider about your emotional health and wellbeing.

Irregular sleeping hours

Even if you’re getting enough sleep, your body can still be disturbed by irregular sleeping patterns.
Try going to bed and waking up around the same time each day, and eventually your internal body clock will adjust to the routine.
Going to bed late on a regular basis and having varying wake-up times all interfere with normal circadian rhythms.
You may need to consider the following:
  • having a settled, comfortable environment to sleep in.
  • Avoiding mental or physical activity in the hour before sleep.
  • Reducing noise and light in your bedroom, even before you go to bed.
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