Why do I feel so tired?
Why do I feel so tired?
As an adult, one thing that I’ve noticed to be true is this: I feel more tired than I ever remember feeling as a child. Why is it that even though I am getting 6-7 hours of sleep every night, I still feel tired? The answer will be different for nearly everyone because we all live different lives, however there are a few things that can lead to excessive fatigue. Determining the cause of your fatigue is the first step in solving the problem.
Poor nutrition can lead to increased feelings of “sleepiness”. When your body isn’t receiving proper nutrition, its not performing as efficiently as it could be. Many of us are not getting the adequate amount of vitamins and minerals needed for the body to function properly. One solution often cited is to simply take a multi-vitamin, however this is not always the best answer.
Many nutritionists and dieticians will tell you that multi-vitamins are unhealthy and potentially dangerous in some situations, due to unnecessarily high levels of various vitamins which can actually do more harm than good. The best solution is to eat more fruits and vegetables, and try to change which ones you’re eating regularly. If you are only eating strawberries, for example, you are missing out of crucial vitamins which may be provided in other fruits.
Lack of adequate water intake can cause dehydration, which leads to increased fatigue. One theory for why this may occur is that when your body doesn’t have enough water, your blood volume decreases and your blood pressure drops. This leads to a reduction of blood being pumped to the brain, and therefore your mental processing slows, and you interpret this as fatigue. Recommendations vary but one useful measure is to look at the color of your urine. If its anything but clear, you might not be drinking enough water.
Excessive stress or poor stress management can also cause fatigue. Your body perceives emotional stress in a similar manner to physical stress. If you are chronically stressed, you’re more likely be become depressed unless you’re actively addressing your stress. A common side-effect of chronic stress and depression is excessive fatigue. Learning to manage your stress can improve feelings of fatigue. Stress can be managed in an infinite number of ways but may include talking with loved ones about your stressors, meditation/deep breathing, exercise, or any other enjoyable activities.
If you’re having difficulty with any of the areas mentioned above, please feel free to reach out with any questions. I hope that this has been helpful! Stay healthy, Wapak!
Dr. Cameron Dennis, physical therapist
Back on Track Therapy and Wellness
16 ½ E. Auglaize St.
Wapakoneta, OH 45895