We've all felt exhausted at one time or another, but what if you're feeling sleepy all the time? While that's definitely not good, it may help to know you're not alone. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control has increased its surveillance of sleep-related disorders in recent years in recognition of the problem.
The issue of inadequate sleep is a national health concern because it is associated with a higher risk of several chronic diseases, including obesity, diabetes, hypertension and cancer. It also increases the risk of motor vehicle accidents and industrial and occupational errors.
Since no one wants to drag themselves through each day feeling tired and weak all the time, what's keeping them from getting all the rest they need?
Snoring, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, and insomnia are the most common sleep disorders that keep people from getting a good night's rest. Each can be diagnosed and treated to restore sound sleep to the sufferer and his/her sleeping partner. But many other conditions can leave you feeling sluggish no matter how many hours of sleep you get.
There's no reason to take feeling run down as the new normal, no matter how long you've suffered or how many other people you know who have the same complaint. A simple change of diet or medication may be all that is needed to correct the underlying problem.
11 Reasons Why You May Be Feeling Tired and Weak All the Time
- Allergies - Some foods cause sudden sleepiness right after eating them. Allergies to dust, mold, pollen and other things in the environment can trigger allergic sinusitis, which can cause fatigue.
- Anemia - Iron-deficiency anemia is the most common blood condition in the US and a common cause of fatigue.
- Thyroid Problems - The thyroid gland regulates metabolism. If it is under active, you will feel sluggish.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis - This inflammatory condition can produce extreme fatigue along with pain and joint stiffness.
- Diabetes - The cells are deprived of glucose in undiagnosed or uncontrolled diabetes, so they can't produce energy.
- Depression - The chronic feelings of sadness, worry, and hopelessness that accompany depression can result in feeling tired all the time.
- Dehydration - When fluids are not regularly replaced, blood volume falls and the heart must work harder to pump the blood the body needs, which can lead to fatigue.
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - There is no known cause for this syndrome which often includes headache, inability to concentrate, and muscle weakness.
- Poor Diet - Deficiencies in Vitamins D, B12 and folate or minerals potassium, magnesium and calcium can lead to muscle weakness and fatigue.
- Lack of Fuel - Skipping meals or not eating enough can deprive the body of sufficient calories to fuel everyday activities.
- Heart Disease - Fatigue while doing things that were once easy can be a symptom of undiagnosed heart disease.
When is the last time you got through the day without running out of energy?