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Why Am I Tired All of the Time?

Updated on September 7, 2017
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Claire has been dealing with depression since the age of 14 and obtained a degree in psychology in order to help those suffering.

Being an Adult is Tiring!

Being an adult is all about being tired isn't it? You tell people how tired you are, and they tell you how tired they are. That just seems to be how adult life works, and whilst tiredness is normal, constant tiredness or extreme tiredness isn't. Being tired all the time can be a sign that something is wrong.


One of the most common reasons for feeling tired all of the time is iron deficiency anemia, this is where you are not getting enough iron into your body through your diet or supplements.

Symptoms include muscular weakness, pale skin, shortness of breath, dizziness and a swollen or sore tongue. Iron deficiency anemia should always be diagnosed by a doctor, and they will either recommend a change in diet to include more leafy green vegetables or alternatively they will prescribe high dosage iron pills.

These pills can be a little bit unpleasant when you first start to take them, but the side effects disappear soon and it is much better than the anemia!

They normally push for a change in diet as iron is more easily and quickly absorbed from leafy, dark green vegetables.


This is another incredibly common cause of extreme and prolonged tiredness, if you feel difficulty concentrating, pessimism, fatigue, irritability appetite changes or headaches, you could be suffering with depression.

If you think you are depressed, please see a doctor as soon as possible, there are things that can be done and treatment is available to you, but the longer you leave it, the more difficult the treatment could potentially be.


One of the main symptoms of diabetes is tiredness and other symptoms include needing to pass urine a lot, being thirsty all the time and unexplained weight loss. This is another condition that must be diagnosed by a GP, failure to properly recognize and treat diabetes can be fatal.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea causes a narrowing of the throat during sleep which makes breathing more difficult and sometimes stops it altogether. Obese people are more at risk and it is more common in middle aged men who are overweight, but potentially anyone can suffer with it.

If you wake up with a dry throat, or wake up gasping for air, see your doctor as soon as possible, it is a condition that can be managed, but it needs to be dealt with as soon as possible.

Under active Thyroid

A lack of thyroxine (created by the thyroid gland) can cause tiredness, weight gain and aching muscles. It is manageable with medication but can only be dealt with by a medical professional.


Anxiety can cause a constant feeling of being on edge, and this can make sleep very difficult. Treatment is possible but it is a long term solution and normally requires therapy or medication so please see your doctor for advice on this.


People underestimate the effects that stress can have on your physical well being, it can cause mental health problems, cardio vascular disease, high blood pressure, headaches, upset stomach, mouth ulcers and a lack of sleep. If you think you are suffering with stress then try to get to the root of it and resolve the problem, if that is not possible then talk to a medical professional about it.

Coeliac Disease

According to statistics from the NHS, around 1 in 100 people suffer from Coeliac disease, a condition when your body reacts badly to gluten, causing tiredness, diarrhea, weight loss and anemia. A doctor or nurse will be able to diagnose you with Coeliac disease and offer advice and support about the changes to your diet and lifestyle that you will need to make.

See Your Doctor if You are Always Tired

Please note that none of the above constitutes medical advice and if you have a medical problem than you should always consult a doctor or registered medical professional.


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