I often feel tired during the day despite getting plenty of sleep. What can I do

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  1. kysnoopyq42 profile image61
    kysnoopyq42posted 14 years ago

    Exercise. I know that doesn't sound like that would work or maybe you're thinking that you're too tired to exercise but if you can get in the mode for just even a half hour or so of some type of activity to get your heart and blood pumping you'd be amazed at the amount of added energy that you gain from exercising. Take a multi vitamin with iron as well.. that should help with the fatigue a bit if you're anemic. I wish you the best with this.

  2. Ten Blogger profile image60
    Ten Bloggerposted 14 years ago

    Exercise for at least 10 minutes in the morning.. that will get a good blood flow to brain and body. Eat healthy breakfast in morning so you are energized ( no high sugar foods). You could also use armotherapy.. http://hubpages.com/hub/Natural-Aromatherapy

  3. Goodpal profile image76
    Goodpalposted 13 years ago

    You are probably not relaxed enough -- sleep does not automatically mean relaxing. The fast yet effective way to relax and sleep at the same time is, in my personal opinion, listening to brainwave audios. These audios do more than simply putting you to sleep -- they really relax you mentally by inducing proper brainwaves. There are hubs on this topic, including mine. You may read my hub:

    http://hubpages.com/hub/Brain-Wave-Entr … -to-Stress

    Make your own decision.

  4. Beverly Wiedemann profile image60
    Beverly Wiedemannposted 13 years ago

    There are many underlying causes for feeling exhausted all the time. Fatigue has many faces and effects people differently. Some people say that it can be severe enough to effect their daily lives while others complain of mild to moderate symptoms of fatigue.
    People who suffer from these symptoms on a regular basis often complain of mood swings, pain, headaches, sleep disturbances, loss of appetite and in severe cases even muscle spasms and soreness. Some say that these symptoms begin upon waking and can last throughout their day.
    There can be many reasons a person may experience these symptoms. For example: poor diet and nutrition,stress factors,sleep disorders to low levels of certain enzymes and key vitamins which our bodies naturally deplete themselves of as we age.
    Another factor to look at is in people who take statin medications which are prescribed for high cholesterol. These medications work in the liver by blocking the production of cholesterol, and since they work in the liver these medications also block the production of key enzymes essential for cellular energy production as well as for the functioning of the heart muscle. Patients who have been taking these medications for long periods of time are at greatest risk of experiencing the more extreme side of the symptoms as well as being prone to developing complications that can have fatal consequences.
    It is very important that we educate ourselves,listen to our bodies,and take the steps necessary to ensure our nutritional health and well being.
    If your car began making noises and the warning lights started flashing how long would you wait to find out what was wrong? A week,a month, or even a year? I don't think you would. Your body was built with warning signals too, that you should not ignore.
    Educate yourself, be proactive,and listen to your body.

  5. Julie2 profile image61
    Julie2posted 13 years ago

    I have heard that having a daily regimen of at least 15 minutes of exercise a day will keep your energy level up.

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    danmayerisgodposted 12 years ago

    I often feel tired during the day despite getting plenty of sleep. What can I do to feel more energetic?

  7. crankalicious profile image89
    crankaliciousposted 12 years ago

    Exercise is probably part of it, but you should also see a nutritionist. Odds are good that there's something in your diet that's causing it.

    1. profile image54
      Mikeomearapensacoposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Yep, exercise will definitely pep you up.  Plus, you'll feel good about yourself.  As an added benefit, exercise will let you sleep more soundly through the night, which might be part of the problem.

    2. M. T. Dremer profile image85
      M. T. Dremerposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I would also agree that diet is a large part of it. Too much meat, dairy and processed carbs all lead to fatigue. Also stress.

  8. jacobsterling profile image58
    jacobsterlingposted 12 years ago

    LOL...sleeping too much makes our body feel heavy..its not good to sleep too much..we need to have a proper diet...too much sleeping can cause us stroke..we need to balance our sleep every day..

  9. ChristineVianello profile image61
    ChristineVianelloposted 12 years ago

    Exersice an hour a day, and eat healthy I promise you will start to feel better. But, if you do not feel better after exercising and eating betting you may be VITB12 deficient, or anemic.

  10. Rocklin profile image69
    Rocklinposted 12 years ago

    I've got the same problem and it turns out that I have an allergy. Now I'm much more relaxed then before.

    Try to exercise, change diet can help too...

    And get some rest - maybe 2 or 3 days of work will help?

  11. Ken Barton profile image60
    Ken Bartonposted 12 years ago

    Quite often a person can be getting all the hours of sleep they should, but still wake up tired.  Most often a person who has this problem needs to see a sleep specialist who will have you wear a monitor through the night to determine what your sleep hours are really like. A lot of people suffer from Sleep Apnea, which is easily treated once identified. I'd suggest talking to your doctor about this possibility, and get it checked out. Not sleeping properly can rob you of many good years of healthy living.  I hope this helped.

  12. Barry Silver profile image59
    Barry Silverposted 12 years ago

    Wow. So Many possibilities.
    1. Some people need more sleep than others.
    2. You may be taking medication that makes you drowsy. Whether prescription or OTC check for side effects. If taking more than 1 check for interaction.
    3. Adding exercise increases energy level. Exercising in the morning is the best. Most people get a 2-3 hour blast of energy. Exercise also helps you sleep deeper.
    4. Examine your food intake (times, quantity and mix).
    Even if you are fine with your weight (and this could also be a possible energy drain) consuming inadequate amounts of protein or too much simple carbs can cause energy crashes.
    5. Does the crash come at the same time daily? If so, consider a caffeine blast (coffee, tea, cola)
    6. Check with your MD about sleep apnea.

    1. braincandy profile image75
      braincandyposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      This a good list. Other considerations are depression or a feeling of lack of purpose. Find something to do as a job or hobby that makes you feel important or that lights a fire inside.

  13. edhan profile image38
    edhanposted 12 years ago

    In Chinese medicine, you can take the ginseng as it promotes energy. You will feel less tired and be energetic. But this will not be any sooner as it will require a few dozes before it rebuild your body.

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    klarawieckposted 12 years ago

    I wake up at 5:30 and walk for 45 minutes in the morning. Come back, shower, have breakfast, feed the dog, and go to work. It works beautiful!

  15. lee custodio profile image63
    lee custodioposted 12 years ago

    seek a medical professional's advice. I too was feeling tired for most of the day despite getting plenty of sleep. I tried caffeine overload and exercise. Until our company doctor told me i have thyroid problem which made me feel lethargic and moody.

  16. BabyCheetah profile image69
    BabyCheetahposted 12 years ago

    When I was feeling like this I found I was lacking vitamin D. I sit in the sun a few minutes a day if it's out and I take a talet for it every few days.
    Also I find if you are sitting down all day you feel more tired and sluggish so get up and move around when you can smile

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    Histemicposted 12 years ago

    The other answers on here suggest diet and excercise. They're right. But is there another way to look at this....

    Motivation and energy are linked with acheivement (according to Maslow's "Heirarchy of needs").

    If you feel tired during the day try breaking down your work load into bite size aceheivable chunks. Then as you go through the day tick these off a list. The sense of acheivement this will bring should put more of a spring in your step.

  18. melaine profile image71
    melaineposted 12 years ago

    Check your haemoglobbin. Less iron in your body can make you feel lethargic. Also make yourself happier. Do things you love to do like shopping, visiting, make a call to a close friend, have a good laugh, etc.

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    ziontposted 12 years ago

    You could try some chocolate energy bars. Something like Mars, Smash, whaverer is your favourite.

  20. ThunderKeys profile image64
    ThunderKeysposted 12 years ago

    You may want to talk to your doctor about melatonin supplementation and or reduce emf sources in your sleeping area.

    Strong research indicates that non-ionizing (non-heating) radiation from source like cellphones and wifi can influence the pineal gland in the brain to stop the production of melatonin, which we need for deep, restful, recuperative sleep.   

    http://electromagnetichealth.org/audio- … s-and-more

    - Duddy.

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    clivwillposted 12 years ago

    Thats a really open question, I really dont think no one on this hub can really give you a direct answer without knowing your medical condition. A lot of stuff may contribute to tiredness, including stress and even improper sleeping patterns.!

    How is your nutrition? are you getting  a balanced supply of all the essentials that contribute to fit and healthy lifestyle?

    Is your mattress comfortable and supports your key sleeping areas properly?

    Do you sleep when you are tired or do you have  set sleeping time?

    You see all these factors can contribute to tiredness. Look at stuff around you that may contribute to this tiredness, get a medical checkup!

  22. MrsHernandez profile image60
    MrsHernandezposted 12 years ago

    Check your diet, eat food with a lot of protein and balance it with carbohydrates, also take vitamin and exercise that should help you feel better.

  23. cherrycrime26 profile image70
    cherrycrime26posted 12 years ago

    Excercise and work out at the gym, it will also keep you in shape, I also use an herbal supplement, melatonin, it works great in helping me sleep better.

  24. kori howard profile image61
    kori howardposted 12 years ago

    I alway sleepy and i alway do is splash water in my face two time.

  25. wolfissac profile image61
    wolfissacposted 12 years ago

    I have to deal with this problem myself. One thing There are several tricks I've picked up to deal with it. First, don't sleep 8 hours a night. Recent research has show that our sleep cycles occur in 5 hour intervals and I personally have found that 6 hours is much more restful than 8+ hours. Next, it is important to establish a routine, set a time that you're going to get up and do so. It may suck for the first week or two but you will adapt to it. Often it is getting up and going to bed at irregular times that throws off our sleep cycles. From there exercise and diet are important as is proper hydration. Another thing is avoiding any sugars, caffine or other such chemicals within the 2-3 hours prior to going to bed. If you still have problems it could be a medical or mental health issue and you should seek help.

  26. StayPos profile image76
    StayPosposted 12 years ago

    Feeling energetic is a function of our mind and body.   For example many people are alert and proficient throughout the day while getting only 4-5 hours of sleep while others may be tired and lethargic while getting 8 hours or more.

    The point is although sleep is important the mind and body play critical factors in determining how energetic we feel.

    By having a positive and less stressful state of mind we tend to feel more energetic regardless of the numbers of hours we sleep.

    Having a purposeful anticipation of the upcoming and ongoing goals of the day triggers our mind to produce more energy.  In other words, our state of mind tends to influence our energy levels.

    In terms of our physical body, it’s important to improve overall health.  This would include exercise and nutrition.  Eat a healthy and nutritious diet that fits your body type. In addition, working out in some capacity to keep more physically fit will go a long way toward helping to feel more energetic.

    Hope this helps :-)

    1. JPanchal profile image56
      JPanchalposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      This is a perfect answer. You should keep a look at your diet but most importantly it is your mental position which keeps you energized through out the whole day

  27. JMAW profile image61
    JMAWposted 12 years ago

    keep a food journal and see how you feel after eating different foods.  sometimes what we eat can put more strain on our digestion system which takes alot of energy out of us.

  28. sarah0330 profile image60
    sarah0330posted 12 years ago

    exercise..by experience that feeling tired when you get a lot of sleep is caused by excess energy. i'm not sure if it has a scientific explanation. i feel a lot better after some rounds of jogging and a cool bath.

  29. PurvisBobbi44 profile image90
    PurvisBobbi44posted 12 years ago


    Do you take Vitamin D? Do you eat correctly? Are you happy?
    I take Multi-Vitamins, Vitamin D, Calcium. I eat a lot of salads as a meal with Shrimp, Ham or Chicken. I also use other seafood in my salads. I eat a Red Delicious Apple every day, and I drink Ice Water mostly.
    And if I did not do this, I would not have any energy. I hope you feel energetic soon. Life is too short to feel this way.
    You might need to see your doctor for a check up.
    Take Care.

  30. profile image0
    ppdussposted 12 years ago

    Exercise.  Even if you feel like exercise is the LAST thing you want to do.  Trust me.  Humans, and men in particular need a good amount of real exercise to keep them sane.  It's the way we're built.

  31. Wayne Adam profile image70
    Wayne Adamposted 12 years ago

    Sounds more like your depressed. If you tried all of the above suggestions, workouts, food, sleep, etc., and there's no change, then try raising your fun factor. Take a break, do things that make you really happy. If it still doesn't change things the only other course is your doctor for some--happy pills!

  32. profile image0
    mommyloves2writeposted 12 years ago

    I would see an endocronologist.  You may have a thryoid condition called Hashimoto's Disease.

  33. The Demon Writer profile image60
    The Demon Writerposted 12 years ago

    I have the same problem. I never get enough sleep and am almost always tired.
    Coffee. Coffee. COFFEE!
    It's a real life saver that stuff

  34. profile image0
    CalLightmanposted 12 years ago

    Find a mission to do. Try something you can achieve in, let's say, month period. And stick to it like a crazy person. You will see a difference from day one. There is nothing more energetic than a man on a mission. Quite possibly your energy level will go through the rough very quickly. It's important only to choose a worthy mission that is really important to you. For example, you are on a bad terms with one of your collegues from work or neighbour. It could make your life more pleasurable if that were not the case. You could make it a month long mission to make friends with that person.

  35. profile image0
    Winchesteryposted 12 years ago

    Dehydration can make you feel drained. So can too much caffeine. If you're drinking a lot of coffee or soda try cutting back. Start replacing caffeine with water. You'll feel a lot better.

  36. Cloverleaf profile image97
    Cloverleafposted 12 years ago

    I always feel more energetic when I go for a 30 minute walk or jog in the morning.  It just sets me up for the day! 

    Also, drinking lots of water gives me a natural pick-me-up.

    Hope this helps :-)

  37. TIMOBILE profile image60
    TIMOBILEposted 12 years ago

    Probably lacking fitness.
    Start with taking a weekend off for real rest.
    After that , make sure you exercise your body everyday. it depends on your schedule and the kind of exercise you might like. Jogging will do for me. Eat plenty of fruits also

  38. IsadoraPandora profile image81
    IsadoraPandoraposted 12 years ago

    I have struggled with this issue for years. I have fibromyalgia. What happens is even though I sleep, I wake up constantly at night--even when I don't realize it. That takes a toll on your body and you feel exhausted, in pain, grumpy--etc. all day, every day.

    I started taking a lot of vitamin B12, three times a day and it helped me more than anything I've tried.

    I take (talk to your doctor for large dosing, of course) 3000 mcg, three times a day. Morning, noon and at night. I spread it out during the day so I don't just pee the excess out. If I took it all at once I'd pee bright yellow.

    When I stop taking it, I feel the same crappy feeling I always have. I eat plenty of meat and other natural B12 foods. Maybe I can't absorb B12 efficiently?

    This may be a bandaid because there has to be a reason good eating habits aren't working for me.

  39. healthywebsites profile image60
    healthywebsitesposted 12 years ago

    It has been mentioned several times already but sleep apnea could certainly be causing or contributing to your fatigue. While it is not something you'd detect on your own, if anyone else sleeps with you, you can ask them to be on the watch to see if you stop breathing in your sleep. For mild cases, you may see improvement simply by sleeping on your side but if it is more serious, it's something that you'd be wise to address. If left untreated, I believe that sleep apnea over time is very bad for the heart.

  40. rouke profile image61
    roukeposted 12 years ago

    You should reduce your sleeping time..here is a tip I know..sleep at the afternoon about 15 to 20 minutes.I've tried it..and its worked..smile

  41. ohsnap_dragon profile image60
    ohsnap_dragonposted 12 years ago

    to reiterate many other's points, diet and excercise are very important to balance in your life

    but also... WATER. water is the source of all life on this earth, comprises about 85% of your body and many of your body's systems runs primarily off water (circulation, digestion) and is beyond taken for granted.

    Try doubling the amount of WATER (not soda/coffee) you consume on a daily basis and see how you feel after a week

  42. Felixedet2000 profile image59
    Felixedet2000posted 12 years ago

    I believe there is an aspect of your life which prior to this feeling of tiredness you now observe use to be given priority, its either you have ignored it or forget about it....do a thorough examination of your over all routine and you'll identify the odd.....Good Luck.

  43. curiousx profile image61
    curiousxposted 12 years ago

    You haven't mentioned how much plenty is? As suggested by others sleeping for 6 to 8 hours is good for the body. Any deviation from this is harm. As you haven't mentioned other details, I recommend you to try the following. I am trying to suggest different points that others have left out.

    * Try to observe your sleeping positions on bed - not all positions give your body proper rest during sleep. You might be on the bed for a longer time, but you might not be having proper sleep.
    * If you are feeling tired during the day, it can mean less motivation. Take time and observe yourself if you are continuously racing your mind. Pick one day and try to do things peacefully without any hurry. Take more time than usual and see if you notice any difference in your energy levels that day.

    Good luck!

  44. Pamela Sarzana profile image59
    Pamela Sarzanaposted 12 years ago

    It could be depression if so you will feel tired all the time and have aches and pains.

    It could be under-active Thyroid which will make you tired all the time also. Self diagnosing is never a good thing. Only a real Dr. is qualified to tell you what the problem is.

    and it sounds like this has gone on for quite a while.
    Personally I think the stress of worrying about it could make it worse. And you will feel better knowing what it is-or isn't.

  45. dustbunnie profile image59
    dustbunnieposted 12 years ago

    well A good 20 minute walk in the morning followed by a good breakfast aswell as a good vitamin regimen is a good start. avoid eating bad carbs because they tend to make you less energetic. I would of course check with your doctor to make sure there isnt a underlining problem, they can order a blood test to check all your vitamin levels. I take vitron c..which is combo of vitamin c n iron,and I take b12....helps the amune system and your energy levels. hope this helps

  46. Alvinatorr profile image59
    Alvinatorrposted 12 years ago

    Take short power naps during the day, just like when you were a kid . Doesn't that sound nice .

  47. aurorastone profile image63
    aurorastoneposted 12 years ago

    Make sure you get your thyroid checked out as it could be linked to that. Aside from that, make sure to get lots of rest, eat well, and exercise!

  48. profile image0
    Stu From VTposted 12 years ago

    Chronic fatigue is not actually an illness, but is a symptom of any number of illnesses.  Seeing a doctor and performing tests for potentially high yield causes is a good step.  Testing for anemia, thyroid functioning, vitamin levels, etc. is a good idea.

    If all the tests are negative, you may need to look at the quality of your sleep.  A sleep study at your local hospital can determine if you have apnea (frequent stops in breathing while you sleep); if you do have apnea, there are devices to cure this.  If the apnea test is negative, you can talk to the sleep specialist about potential neurological issues that may call for the use of a long term sleep medicine (such as Ambien or Lunesta).  These medicines improve sleep quality by relaxing tense muscles, especially in the lower trunk.

  49. onsale_deals profile image60
    onsale_dealsposted 12 years ago

    Try refreshing yourself with a nice bath and a nice meal. It works for me. big_smile

    But if this continues, you might need to see a doctor.

  50. Inspiration88 profile image70
    Inspiration88posted 12 years ago

    Your body probably has nutrients deficiency, most likely this is Vitamin B. You need to supply it to your organism. Read more here:

    http://hubpages.com/hub/Chronic-Fatigue … -and-Cures


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