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Why Am I Always Tired?: Excessive Tiredness Symptoms and Causes

Updated on December 22, 2016

What’s in a name? Definitions

Tired: exhausted, as by exertion; fatigued or sleepy.

Fatigue: weariness from bodily or mental exertion. 1/29/12)

Are you:

· Feeling like you want to crawl back into bed by lunchtime?

· Tired throughout the day even when you sleep 6-8 hours regularly?

· Concerned about how excessively tired you feel?

In a world of constant activity and pressure, many people report feeling excessively tired. If you are plagued with a consistent feeling of fatigue, knowing symptoms, causes, solutions and when to seek help is of the upmost importance.


10 Symptoms of Excessive Tiredness

1. Trouble getting up in the morning: Do you find yourself pressing snooze 3 or more times daily?

2. Too tired for daily tasks such as working, driving or shopping: Are you finding that you are barely making it through your day because of drowsiness?


3. Depending on caffeine: Are you drinking more than 2 cups of coffee, tea, or cola to cope your tiredness?

4. General feeling of being “run-down”: Are you dragging? Do you constantly think, “I need a vacation?”

5. Irritability: Is your tiredness causing you to feel overly sensitive? Easily frazzled?

6. Change in appetite: Do you find yourself eating less? More?

7. Muscular weakness: Are you feeling physically weak?

8. Difficulty concentrating: Having trouble staying on task?

9. Cold-like symptoms: Is your tiredness accompanied by sneezing, coughing or runny nose?

10. Short-term memory loss: Are you forgetting more?


10 Common Causes for Fatigue

1. Lack of sleep: There are times when our sleep is simply set on the back burner for more immediate tasks. Projects, major life events and other distractions can cause us all to temporarily lose sleep.

2. Jet lag: Anyone that has traveled knows that jet lag can be exhausting. Jet lag involves a total shift in sleep. The longer the travel time, time change adjustment, and length of trip, the more fatigue will be experienced.

3. Sleeping trouble, such as insomnia: Excessive tiredness can be a by-product of sleeping disorders such as insomnia.

4. Stress: If you have ever experienced stress, you know that it is mentally and physically draining. Stress causes one to feel tried and lethargic in waking hours even if he or she is sleeping at night.

5. Heavy workload: Work is a reality of most of our lives. Some jobs require more work than others. Even jobs that can be fairly uneventful have times where more work is needed. These times can cause one to feel more tired than usual.

6. Depression/Anxiety: Tiredness can be a result of one’s mental health. Depression and anxiety can cause one to miss sleep at night or too feel overly tired with or without consistent sleep.

7. Anemia: Anemia is a decrease in red blood cells. Red blood cells are what help circulate oxygen through the body. Tiredness is a major symptom of anemia.

8. Recovering from illness: It is common for people to feel tired when recovering from an injury or illness because their bodies are utilizing large amounts of energy to heal. The result is a drowsy, tired feeling though it means someone is actually healing.

9. Hypothyroidism: Hypothyroidism is a disease where the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones. Tiredness is one of several symptoms to this treatable, yet potentially serious, disease.

10. Alcohol/drug withdrawal: When someone is detoxing from large amounts of alcohol or drugs, it is common to experience fatigue.


Seeking Solutions

1. Create a sleep routine: Developing a sleep routine can help decrease and even eliminate excessive tiredness. To create a sleep routine:

· Choose a desired “bedtime”

· Move towards going to sleep at that time one hour a week until you are in bed at the time you desire

· Wake up at the same time each day as you move towards your desired “bedtime”

· To help you fall asleep, make your room quiet and dark

· Stay in bed even if you have trouble falling asleep

2. Take naps: Take a 10-20 minute nap when needed.

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3. Exercise: Exercise increases energy levels by causing oxygen to circulate through the body. Even 30 minutes of walking briskly can help boost your energy. Exercise is also credited with helping the body settle into a deeper, more restful sleep at night.

4. Eat green leafy vegetables: Green leafy vegetables are among the most nutrient rich foods. They contain multiple vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They will not only give you an energy boost, but may also increase positive mood.

5. Vitamin B12: B12 is a vitamin that can be found in several different foods including shellfish. This vitamin is known for giving energy. In fact, B12 deficiency is another common cause of tiredness. Consult a doctor before taking B12 supplements to ensure it is best for your case of tiredness.

6. Vitamin C: Though there are some questions about whether vitamin C actually increases energy, many doctors and herbalist recommend taking vitamin C supplements. Fruits, such as oranges, provide a natural, delicious source for this immune boosting vitamin.

7. Folic Acid: Folic-acid, also known as B-9, increase energy on the cellular level. You can naturally acquire more folic acid by eating foods such as leafy green vegetables, dry beans, liver and eggs. Synthetic B-9 can be found in cereals, breads, rice, four and pasta.

8. Drink plenty of water: Though water has no nutritional value, hydration does affect body functions. From digestion to the carrying of electrolytes, water keeps your body running smoothly.

9. Meditate: Meditation is a wonderful way of quieting the mind. Quieting the mind can help with several symptoms of fatigue including concentration and stress.

10. Do something fun!: Doing something fun for yourself can be a great stress reliever. It can also help break up the monotony of every day routines.


When to Seek Professional Help


Professional Help

If other symptoms such as unusual weight gain, brittle hair, excessive crying, and/or insomnia occur, it is time to seek professional help. Conditions such as hypothyroidism and depression include tiredness along with other symptoms. These are serious conditions that require medical care.



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      Leandro Russo 

      4 years ago

      This article very accurately and concisely gives us 10 reasons why we may be feeling tired all the time. I have been looking for such a brief but precise list of the causes of constant tiredness for some time now and I will certainly keep deep in my mind these 10 common origins of fatigue so that I make sure I always feel vibrant and active. Basically, the primary reason for continuous tiredness is the lack of sleep, even at weekends when we stay up late on Saturday night. It is a chain of events because we end up sleep on Sunday morning, we cannot fall asleep on Sunday night and we wake up tired and drained on Monday morning to start our working week.

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      Elsie Hagley 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Very interesting hub with"Food for Thought", hopefully I can get over this tiredness. Thanks for sharing with us.

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      5 years ago

      I like your article Miss Krystal ID. I happy that you wrote this hub .Thank you.

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      6 years ago

      A well written hub indeed. I noticed that my sleep dramatically improved if I had zero light in the room including LED light from my alarm clock and the temperature was cool. Also writing all my worries on a piece of paper and throwing them in the trash seemed to free my mind for a restful sleep. Thank you for sharing your ideas.

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      Carla J Swick 

      6 years ago from NW PA

      I wrote a hub on Vitamin D deficiency - when I had it, I felt like I was in a coma. That's another cause. Thanks for the informative hub! cjb

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      Sid Kemp 

      6 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Thanks for an excellent hub. As a health coach, I find that helping my clients be well-rested and clear is always the first step!

      I would add some techniques so simple they are often forgotten:

      - Breathe! Deep, relaxed natural breathing helps us sleep, and also stay awake with a clear mind.

      - Tension and relaxation: The simplest exercises of tensing the muscles and releasing them is a great way to recharge.

      - Make a bedtime routine. Bedtime routines are not just for kids. After 8pm, no news, nothing gruesome on TV, all gentleness.

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      6 years ago

      Whoa outstanding site! You’ve undoubtedly resolved a good deal of my questions thanks a lot! Regzooka

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      6 years ago

      I knew solution has been launch for people who are suffering from a compromised immune system. The main symptom is chronic fatigue. People who start taking the solution have also reported benefits when aded to their health & wellness programs. These reported benefits include:

      » Improved Quality of Life*

      » Helps Fight Fatigue*

      » Increased Endurance*

      » Enhanced Sense of Well-being*

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      Faith A Mullen 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for the hub! I have certainly experienced this.

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      Carla J Swick 

      6 years ago from NW PA

      Great info - so many are tired these days with keeping up with jobs, continuing ed and child rearing and it's good to know there are things we can do about it.

    • answers-questions profile image


      6 years ago

      Hi KristalD,

      These are excellent information for a very misunderstood topic. Modern medicine fails to really address the problems with fatigue and it's causes. I am very impressed with your use of photos and video, I am following you and maybe I'll learn something.

      Best regards, Atyq

    • mypassion profile image


      6 years ago

      Today I was feeling unusually very tired and was wondering what could be wrong. Here comes your article that caught my attention.

      It is time to get some quality sleep and check my anemia.

      I like your style of writing and good presentation. So interesting and never felt bored at all.

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      6 years ago from UK

      I wrote an article about adrenal fatigue which can be caused by stress/anxiety. The very symptoms you describe can be attributed to this and there are tests to diagnose. It is claimed that many are undiagnosed from adrenal fatigue and that change of lifestyle and addressing stress may help considerably.

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      Gabby McMahon 

      6 years ago from Ennis, Co Clare, Ireland

      what a great article, I can totally relate to it. I suffered from fatigue for far too long before seeking medical help. Went trough a series of tests only to to show that there is nothing wrong me. At the end it was anxiety and once treated I have never looked back. I would urge all sufferers to seek medical help as soon as possible, no need to suffer.

    • KrystalD profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hi Giles,

      It depends. How much sleep are you getting? What time are you attempting to wake up? Are there other symptoms such as struggling to fall asleep?

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      7 years ago

      i can't wake up easily sometimes please give me some advice because im worried

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      Shasta Matova 

      7 years ago from USA

      You have provided great causes and relief for excessive tiredness. Voted up. I found out that my tiredness was due to sleep apnea.

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      7 years ago

      hello, ive been searching for an answer for a very long time to why i have been so tired....its funny though because i can go to my grandfathers house or someone elses house and when im sleepy, i can lay down and sleep with no problem but when i am home, its like i can't sleep at all....i get so frustrated with that but i'll definitely try some of these tips....thanks

    • molometer profile image


      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      You are more than welcome.

    • KrystalD profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks Michael :)

    • molometer profile image


      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi there,

      Just came to this hub and somehow forgot to link to it. Sorry I have done so now.


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      Amelia Aitken 

      7 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      excellent hubber

    • KrystalD profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Los Angeles

      iguidenetwork-I think stress is far too common! I hope this hub helps :)

      vibesites-Glad you and relate and your very welcomed :)

      DMV-Thanks for the encouragement :)

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      7 years ago from United States

      I really can relate to this! Thanks for posting your hub and sharing your tips. :D

    • iguidenetwork profile image


      7 years ago from Austin, TX

      I am always tired and stressed. I am glad I came across this hub. Thanks for sharing your tips, they will help me tremendously.

    • KrystalD profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Los Angeles

      Paige-I highly recommend you see a doctor. While the diagnosis could be as simple as stress, I would suggest talking to a professonal about your symptoms.

      Jennifer-It could be many reasons why you are still feeling tired. If your natural interventions are not working, going to a doctor might shed more light on your dilemma. I find that stress and anxiety are my two biggest causes of sleeplessness.

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      7 years ago

      I start from march this year every morning when I woke up I feel very tired and afternoon also .nighttime I sleep about 11.30pm and morning I wake up at 9.30am .I take vitamins , anti aging product still feeling so tired why?

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      7 years ago

      I am always tired 1 night I went to bed at 8 at was still tired in the morning I am losing weight and I don't know what is wrong with me ?

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      Mabel W 

      7 years ago

      Here's something that worked for me. I sleep on my back because sleeping on my side put the weight of my rib cage and chest muscles on my lungs. Sleeping on my left side put all that weight on my heart, too, making it labor more. When I go to sleep, I make sure my arms are at my sides or my hands rest on my thighs, putting no weight on my body cavity where my internal organs are. My breathing is much freer and more regular now and must continue that way as I sleep. I feel much more rested in the morning now and have more energy during the day. It's worth a try.

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      Chen Suen 

      7 years ago from Arcadia, California

      Great information! Lately, I've been having difficulty falling asleep so it's really messed with my sleep cycle. it's 3am local time right now and I'm still awake. Thanks for the tidbits on solving my exhaustion. I'll try some of those starting with sleeping earlier.

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      Nikki Major 

      7 years ago

      Great hub!! It is full of useful information.

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      Tracy B 

      7 years ago from Canada

      Great information! I had been feeling run down for years no matter how much sleep I would get. It wasn't until recently I found out I had a Vitamin B12 deficiency. Which also seemed to be the cause of my heart palpitations. I have luckily been feeling much better since my monthly injections!

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      Recently Awakened 

      7 years ago

      That used to be me not too long ago. I have since had a spiritual awakening and my symptoms of exhaustion abruptly vanished. At first, I was waking up extremely early with surges of energy and now my sleeping habits seem to have leveled out. I often meditate and I do find this very helpful and refreshing.

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      7 years ago from philippines

      I guess im suffering from excessive tiredness.. Got the 10 symptoms all over me

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      7 years ago from Las Vegas

      Excellent information for a very misunderstood topic. Modern medicine fails to really address the problems with fatigue and it's causes. I am very impressed with your use of photos and video, I am following you and maybe I'll learn something.

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      7 years ago from Michigan

      Great hub. I often feel tired, but exercising gives my energy a boost. Try to use thyroid medicine as I have hypothyroidism.

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      7 years ago from Michigan

      This is a great article. I have found that too many stimulants and not enough exercise can slow you down. Congrats on the popularity of the article too!

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      Cheryl Van Hoorn 

      7 years ago

      It is a great hub. I personally have got a lot from it.

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      Tony Escobar 

      7 years ago

      Very informative, thank you!

    • mypassion profile image


      7 years ago

      A very detailed writing about tiredness and you have also written about the solutions. That is wonderful!

      Having a glass of warm milk can get you good sleep in the night.

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      7 years ago from Sydney

      Wonderful hub and very informative. I suffer from fibromyalgia and mixed connective tissue disorder and find myself swamped with fatigue from it. There are some idea's here that I will definitely be trying some of your ideas.

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      Nira Perkins 

      7 years ago

      What a great hub! I love how much detail was put in and how everything from symtpoms to causes to remedies are covered.

    • johnsmitht profile image


      7 years ago

      Sometimes sleep apnea could be the culprit why people feel excessive tiredness. Not only does sleep apnea disturb your sleep, it also reduces the amount of oxygen that you get while resting, thus, making your body feel very much unrested during the day.

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      7 years ago

      b12 is great. i also like giner and niacin. thanks for this article.

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      7 years ago

      Another thing, which may help, since childhood I have used this exercise: Lie flat on your bed or the floor. Breathe out slowly; try forcing the last ounce of air from your lungs. Do not breathe in just count to 5. Then breathe in as slowly as possible as your lungs fill try to stretch them by taking in a bit of extra air, once again hold it and count to five. Then once again breathe out as slow as possible, remember to really force out the last of the air. Once again count to 5 then breathe in. Repeat this 5 times and the extra oxygen through your entire body will not only help with sleep but also increase your general wellbeing.

      Some times we can get an aching back, which may deprive us of sleep. This can sometimes be an injury or just general ageing. The spinal cord has small sacks of fluid helping to keep disks apart. When we sleep these fluid sacks fill and help spinal or back comfort. As a young to middle aged person you may have noticed that most mornings and afternoons you have to re-adjust your driving mirror. This is because we are very slightly taller in the mornings after sleep and the fluid sacks are filled.

      That is why some people suffer later in the day with back pain. As one grows older these sacks do not fill with the fluid and so the spinal area can become painful. However help is at hand. Our body has also has a collum of muscle around the stomach sides and back. This also helps to support the back.

      If you can give this supporting column a daily tone up it will help greatly. No I am not telling you to go for a 20 mile run, lift weights or do sit up’s. These can actually do more damage than good.

      Here's an exercise I use if I start to get any back pain. Usually fixes the problem quickly. Lie down on your bed or the floor, Breathe out and tense or pull your stomach in, Try holding it in whilst you breathe out slowly, do this as many times as you feel like. You are toning the muscles without exerting pressure on the back or spine. You can also continue to do this in your normal everyday activities. Even opening a door or steering your car. Eventually you may be able to hold your stomach in over a continual period whilst talking or breathing in or out.

      End result you could finish up losing weight around the stomach area and the strengthened collum will aid your back and possible help you to sleep pain free.

      Regards Peter

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      7 years ago

      In our lives we spend most of our days in an environment that is overloaded with positive ions. These can be from electrical radiation or other sources. These have a tendency to sap the body of energy and can also affect our mental state. Negative ions and white noise can be restful. Rain creates negative ions along with a lowering of the ionosphere during the hours of darkness. Swimming is a great reviver and exercise. There is also a sonic ion producer it was initially used for asthmatics but was later taken on board by the pet industry to use in terrariums. I believe that Wall Street spent thousands of dollars on a certain type of cactus that soaks up positive ions. Another thing that will make you feel tired or depressed are CFL (Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs) light bulbs. Apart from the danger of the mercury they contain if broken. They emit high levels of UV and the sometimes-dim dead white light and strobing action and are known to bring on depression. LED lights are much better and safer if you want to save power. Or if still available where you live re-fit low wattage incandescent bulbs.

      Another thing you can try for sleeping. When you go to bed tonight try lying on one side for several minutes, take note of how easy or hard it is to breath, then turn on your other side and once again try the same. Most of us humans have one side for breathing better than the other. Once you find your good side prepare yourself for sleep by lying on your bad side. After a short while you will feel your pillow getting warm or even uncomfortably hot. Then simply turn to your good inside turning your pillow over to the cool side. Tuck the pillow under your head so the front part of your nose is facing over the edge where air is freely available. Many of us go to sleep with our faces in the hollow of the pillow and as we sleep sometimes as the pillow warms up we struggle for air.

      Remember this, we humans are designed to specifically create carbon in everything we do, use and create. This carbon (Not pollution) is used by the planets green matter, trees, plants, weeds and oceans and in exchange the earth gives us life and oxygen. During the hours of darkness “The Green gang” plants ECT stop breathing carbon and producing oxygen. During the hours of darkness they breathe oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. It is a natural process that the largest majority (Not all) of not only humans but also other living creatures are designed to sleep, even the earths Ionosphere lowers to make the air denser and thus richer in oxygen. Ever noticed when you drive your car during the night how it seems to run smoother and better. This is due to the richer levels of oxygen in the atmosphere. So not getting your proper hours of sleep or staying up late not only goes against our natural health but can also help to drain us of energy.

      Oh another thing many people who spend hours listening to loud music can permanently damage their ears and finish up with the lifelong curse of tinnitus, this is a constant ringing in the ears which can also sap one physically and mentally. Don’t panic however if you start to hear whispering sounds in the night, If this is happening in your home it is not the spirits talking to you, could be as simple as an electric clock or a noisy electrical meter on the wall somewhere. Hollow walls will distort and echo the sound through your home during the hours of darkness.

      Regards Peter

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      7 years ago

      I had problems with extreme tiredness for about 2 years... I couldn't work out what was wrong, and my doctor even diagnosed me with "unspecified tiredness".... hmmm..... so it turns out I was minerally defecient - after taking a seaweed and aloe vera product I found my energy coming back after a couple of weeks... amazing! I really recommend this, especially if you have the kind of tiredness that doesn't seem to have a "cause"... if you're interested, check it out:

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      7 years ago from Kirkland, WA

      Voted up, thanks for the informative hub

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      7 years ago from india, nellore. andhrapradesh

      when ever you go against conscious and commit an immoral act, it can appear in the form of tiredness. or fatigue. good hub.

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      7 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

      Great topic and so pertinent to our out of control hectic lives. Thanks for taking on this subject matter! I'm sure many people are getting a ton of suggestions from your ideas. Voting up and useful.

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      7 years ago from Paris via California

      Oh boy, does all this sound way too familiar! I would add natural light deprivation. As a native Californian living in Paris, it's a killer! I'm in Portugal right now where it's bright and sunny & I feel normal for the first time since last summer!

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      Vespa Woolf 

      7 years ago from Peru, South America

      Very informative hub! I've had Vitamin B12 deficiency before that caused fatigue. A sublingual supplement took care of the problem. Voted up and shared!

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      7 years ago

      Great hub! Shared!

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      7 years ago

      Great hub. I find that I sometimes get tired at work because I find my job so boring. I am currently looking for a new job, so hopefully this will solve my problem.

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      7 years ago from Bristol, CT

      This was helpful. Thank you.

    • KrystalD profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Los Angeles

      It seems that many of us have experienced the same symptoms involving sleep but the solutions are varied. I hope to continue eating right, adding in exercise to my routine and destressing to feel more energized. This is a one day at a time kind of issue for me as long as I continue to get regular check ups. That way I know it is not caused by something more specific.

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      Maree Michael Martin 

      7 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      What a wonderful, helpful hub, love it. I've been wondering about getting my thyroid checked. Well, I am truly going to take that as a sign now, since this is the third article today I have read about such a thing! Thanks for such useful information.

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      7 years ago from Carlifornia

      Lack of sleep! I always tell myself to sleep earlier but at the end I was watching videos till 3am. Have to be more determined and control myself.

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      Esther Earl 

      7 years ago

      Nice hub. I always feel tired myself even though I keep a routine sleep habit. I was thinking that this might be due to too much exposure on computer? I spent at least 8 hours a day in working on computer 5 days a week and at night I also spent some time in tv. Aside from my eyes my whole body likes to stay idle most of the time. This hub helps a lot.

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      7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Great article. A few months ago I was exhausted all the time. I found out I was anemic. Taking high doses of iron helped a lot

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      JP Carlos 

      7 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      For me it's stress. I try to destress whenevr I can. It's really important to set time for myself and just relax. Even a 20 minute break can do a lot of help.

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      7 years ago

      This is something I can relate to as I am constantly tired. My doctor actually said that I needed to be taking a vitamin D supplement as I wasn't getting enough which can make you tired. I think it has helped some, but I am sure stress, lack of sleep, and workload are also playing a part as well. Thanks for the informative article.

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      Oscar Jones 

      7 years ago from Monroeville, Alabama

      this is a very informative and interesting blog. ( hub) ... I relate to much of it.. I have my own personal strategies, but in reality, they all center around health and psyche, and heart .. thank you!!!!

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      7 years ago from Los Angeles

      Taking a walk is a great tip, reagu! Thanks :)

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      7 years ago from india, nellore. andhrapradesh

      maintain self esteem and honesty, 90% of healthy feelings excite our mind. good hub.

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      7 years ago from Los Angeles

      When I feel drowsy during the day, I go for a walk. It seems to work and gets me through.

    • KrystalD profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Los Angeles

      I also have experienced hyperthyroidism and boy did it throw off my sleep. Glad to hear you got down to causes in order to find a solution.

    • KrystalD profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Los Angeles

      Wow! I never heard this about the sleep cycle. I really appreciate this new bit of information :)

    • KrystalD profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Los Angeles

      We can all use more vitamins. Especially vitamin C that has so many important health benefits :)

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      7 years ago from Newport Beach , California , 92660 United States

      very useful hub. thumbs up! you have a great solutions here huh... guess I need to eat more fruits with vitamin c. thank you so much for sharing this wonderful topic.

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      Joyette Fabien 

      7 years ago from Dominica

      A most interesting hub! Voted up! I could identify with some of the causes you outlined. I went through the experience of over tiredness over a period of several months. It turned out to be hyperthyroidism. Now I am careful to shake off matters that cause unnecessary stress.

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      Just a Guest 

      7 years ago

      Thank you for this interesting article. In addition, I'd like to say this: I found that the cause of my drowsiness was the number of hours I've been sleeping. I know many people think that 8 hours of sleep will get you the most rested, but this is not true. In fact, it is better to get 7 hours of sleep. Why? Because the human sleep cycle is 1 hour and 30 minutes long. If you wake up with a completed sleep cycle under your belt, you will have no trouble staying awake. This is because your lightest stage of sleep is at the end of the cycle, so you will wake up easily. So take any amount of time, and if it's evenly divisible by 1.5, it's a good amount of sleep to get. Just thought I'd share.

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      7 years ago from Los Angeles

      Lisa, I hope changing your diet will offer some relief!

    • Lisas-thoughts101 profile image


      7 years ago from Northeast Texas


      There is so much good information to refer to in this article. The food sources alone are so important. Thank you! I have a chronic problem with waking during the night which causes me to be tired during the day. I am going to try some of these energy boosters. Voted up and useful.

      Take care,


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      Anoop Aravind A 

      7 years ago from Nilambur, Kerala, India

      informative article.Thanks For Sharing

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      Escape to the Sun 

      7 years ago from UK

      Thank you for this hub! I have had insomnia for quite a long time, and I know how annoying it can be to be tired all the time.

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      7 years ago from Los Angeles

      Its hard ti find a solution if you don't know the problem. Thanks for reading and commenting :)

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      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      KrystalID many of us do not know why we are tired, your hub will be an excellent pointer to the actual cause. Great hub. Voted up.

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      7 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks :) I think this topic desired some detail as it is an issue that effects so many of us. Thanks for reading!

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      7 years ago from Oregon

      Very detailed, thank you!

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      Angela Brummer 

      7 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      I have my ups and downs with extreme tiredness. Thanks for sharing. This is such a professional looking hub... something that I would read in a magazine article... GREAT JOB! Voted Up!

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      7 years ago

      Very useful hub, thanks for sharing.

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      7 years ago from india, nellore. andhrapradesh

      insecurity, or very much negative oriented imagination, or many failures experienced in the past ,besides health disorders.

      non coordinating family members..

    • KrystalD profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Los Angeles

      This is so true for me TennisElbowTutor! When I leave sugar and flower alone my body is much more energized!

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      Allen Willette 

      7 years ago from Marin County, California

      I used to be one of those always-tired people years ago. Here's another cause of fatigue I discovered: Sugar! Even though I didn't think I had a problem with sugar - and didn't think I consumed that much of it, I eventually had to face the reality that I did. It's in everything. (Bodywork / massage can also be very helpful for relaxing, reducing stress and inducing sleep.)

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      7 years ago from Cambodia

      Great hub, I have been faced with tiredness everyday even now because of my sinus, any way can help with that?

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      7 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      I am going to add a link to this hub to my "Everyday Toxins & Topic Habits: Top 5 Ways to Weaken Your Immune System" hub and my "Immune Boosting - Why Start" hub.

      This is an informative hub! Voted up, interesting & useful. :) Best regards~

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      7 years ago

      Very useful article, this will help a lot of people, thumbs up!

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      7 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks for reading and commenting all :)

      Amy, I totally understand not being a morning person and I am glad to hear you took the time and care to find what was medically behind it. Exercise and meditation are two things you could try adding to your life to help without eat more :)

      cablemanagements, two naps a day sounds like a luxury! Seems to me you are getting enough rest for someone at any age! Keep up the great work :)


      Finding the true diagnose can take time and I agree about the misdiagnosis of depression. Tiredness can and is often a physical problem. Sounds like you and your mother have been lucky ladies to find out what was going on. Thanks for sharing :)

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      rex michaels 

      7 years ago

      Great Information, Thanks For Sharing

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      7 years ago from Beautiful South

      Very good hub. Chronic fatigue, or lack of energy, apparently is very hard for the medical community to get a handle on. In many cases the thyroid is the culprit, and sometimes it takes years of testing if the problem is a TSH problem. Hashimotos disease runs in my family, and not only was I diagnosed with it, but there were tumors, too. My doctor was surprised because tests had failed to find either problem for years. When I recovered my strength too slowly, it turned out that I had another medication fighting my levothyroxin. I switched it to evening and am now slowly regaining stength. Also, anyone on thyroid medication should be aware that citrus fruits should not be consumed within 8 to 12 hours of taking the medication. My mother knew not to drink grapefruit juice for breakfast, but she had a glass of orange juice every morning and then wondered why she still had problems.

      I think that a lot of times depression is misdiagnosed as the cause. The depression is actually being blamed when it is a result of the underlying cause.

      rahul0324 It could be thyroid, lungs, or a heart problem. Keep after the doctors until they find it. I feel for you, been there done that.

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      7 years ago from INDIA

      great hub. Thanks

    • yssubramanyam profile image


      7 years ago from india, nellore. andhrapradesh

      excessive tiredness is due to depression. it can be physical or mental. our imagination is always superior to reality. do not live in imagination. it will cause great disappointment.

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      7 years ago

      Very well written

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      7 years ago from Toronto

      I have never been a morning person. Ever since I was a toddler my parents would say I hated mornings... I've seen photos of me as a young child with the same "don't bother me. I hate waking up" look as I have now when I have to wake up. A few years back I was even more tired than usual, and would last all day instead of the 10 minutes after waking up. I would fall asleep in school, come home and nap, sleep all night, sleep at school etc.. I found out i was anemic and b12 deficient. I took iron pills and would (sorry.. TMI) get constipated, and b12 pills make me feel nauseous. Any tips of other things I could take without having to eat copious amounts of anything?

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      7 years ago from Bangalore

      Really a good learning. I am suffering with this problem. So it is not an information, but a solution. I holpe it will help many people.

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      7 years ago from MA

      Great i was looking for a such hub. i am going to use your recommendation, plus i need to stay away from my laptop once awhile.

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      7 years ago from Alabama

      Very interesting hub. The tip about staying hydrated is a great one. Whenever I am feeling excessively tired and there isn't a reason such as staying up late I will always try to drink a couple of big glasses of water. It may sound crazy, but 99 percent of the time it perks me up more than coffee.

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      Editorial Nation 

      7 years ago

      I always feel this way, It seems what I eat effects me more in the afternoon. I try to stay on protein in the afternoons and my heavier stuff in them morning so I can burn it off! Nice article very well put together! Thanks. :)

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      7 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Thanks for this hub. I have been worried about the extreme fatigue I'm experiencing lately—I could sleep for 12 hours and still be too exhausted to get out of bed in the morning. I'm going to try some of your tips, including eating more leafy greens and boning up on my B12. I used to survive on kale and spinach, as well as take a B12 supplement, but I moved a month or so ago and have not gotten back into my usual habits fully. Thanks for the advice!


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