Excessive Tiredness – Common Causes

Excessive tiredness can severely damage your quality of life. If you’re always tired, you should first realize that tiredness is a symptom.

The right way to deal with tiredness is to find out what is causing it, and then take the steps to eliminate the causes or change what needs to be changed…

Most chances are that you suffer from excessive tiredness because of one, or a combination of some of the following:

Health conditions

Anemia, Hyperthyroidism and heart problems are just a few examples of medical conditions that can cause tiredness.

Especially if beside tiredness you have other symptoms, such as headaches, loss of appetite or a blurry vision, I suggest that you consult your doctor as soon as possible.

(As a first step, you can use an online service to Ask a Doctor right now.)

Tiredness is also one of the most common side effects of many medications – especially sleeping pills and anti-depressants.

Mental / Emotional issues

Many people don’t realize the huge effect of ongoing negative emotions on their energy level and on their overall health and well-being. I’m talking about emotions like stress, depression, boredom and ‘burnout’, to name a few.

Negative emotions, as well as negative thinking, are also a common cause for unhealthy behaviors that help lower your energy level even further…

People who are constantly stressed out or depressed tend to take very little care of their body – they may smoke, drink alcohol and coffee, eat poorly and so on.

By the way, don’t mistake being depressed with being sad…

Do you know what’s the opposite of depression? It’s not hapiness. It’s vitality! You can be “depressed” and not even realize it. You might simply feel tired all the time…

If that might be your case – watch this short video on overcoming depression

Sleep deprivation (and not just lack of sleep)

Good night’s sleep is a vital ingredient to your energy level. If you wake up tired and spend the day waiting for the first chance to take a nap, there’s a good chance that you’re simply not getting enough sleep.

If you don’t get enough sleep, there is only one way to compensate on it – getting more sleep.

If you think you sleep long enough, you may be tired because you’re getting low quality sleep. If this concept is new to you, listen carefully…

It’s not the quantity of your sleep that matters most. It’s the quality of it. If you get 8 hours of poor quality sleep every night, you’d probably be tired all the time.

Poor sleep can be caused by a variety of reasons, including health conditions (like Sleep Apnea), but in most cases it’s usually a matter of bad sleeping habits…

But what does it mean?

Having bad sleeping habits means that there are certain things that you do that damage your sleep. Things like the time you go to sleep and the time you wake up, what you eat, your activity level during the day and even the temperature in your bedroom.

(Read on how to get high quality sleep)

Unhealthy lifestyle

Poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, smoking and other unhealthy habits lower your energy level directly, and also indirectly – by damaging the quality of your sleep.

These factors can affect each other. It’s an ongoing cycle of cause and effect that keeps robbing your energy…

Let’s take stress as an example:

Over time a high stress level lowers your energy level. If you choose to relieve your stress by drinking alcohol – you only cause yourself more harm. Alcohol lowers your energy level in several ways. It can also damage your sleep. What may happen next is that you’d feel tired and “have no choice” but to drink lots of coffee… and so on…

How to Get Rid of Tiredness…

There’s a lot that you can do to stop feeling tired and raise your energy levels. I’ve already given you a few links above, but…

If you’re really ‘tired of being tired’ and are ready to do what it takes to beat your tiredness once and for all, I highly recommend the End Tiredness Program – a step-by-step guide to eliminating tiredness from your life.

It’s diffidently one of the best self help programs you can find to help you  overcome tiredness. What I like best about it is that it comes with real human support. Click here to check it out (or here for my full review).



56 Responses to “Excessive Tiredness – Common Causes”

  1. A. Cranford says:

    I am 13 and I do go to sleep late once in a while, I don’t take medicine to sleep, I have been really tired, I’d fall asleep at bad times when school was in session including tests, recently I have noticed weakness in muscles with certain emotions, mostly laughing. I’ve had deep breathing, at school and home people would tell me to stop breathing so hard, and very recently I have been experiencing claustrophobia, I have never been scared of closed places and I have started taking pictures off my walls due to the idea my room was getting to small, I am recently also thinking about heights, I again never have been scared of heights, but while driving over a bridge I kept getting the feeling that the bridge would break, I don’t want to be scared of either and I don’t want to tell my mother I might have another problem to stick next to my eyesight that got worse after my new glasses came in, my eyesight is just getting worse as well.

  2. rob says:

    I got tired just reading this.

  3. lyn Bailey says:

    I go to bed exhausted and wake a few times during night then don’t get up till about lunchtime ans still often need a nanna nap in afternoons…I take lovan and tegretol could these be effecting my sleep

    • Rotem Cohen says:

      Lyn, from the (very) little I know, those are serious drugs, and if you’ve been prescribed them, the doctor who prescribed them should be the one to answer your questions. If you some how got your hands on these drugs without prescription, stop right now and go see a doctor.

  4. melissa says:

    just suffer constant tiredness, quite often will have a nap when i get home from work at 2pm. i mostly have higher than normal iron levels so should not be that.

  5. Trisha says:

    I am 49 yewars old, I dont smoke or drink to excess. I have a very active lifestyle (I own 2 horses which I take care of and compete) I also work full time. I am constantly tired, lightheaded and weak and recently I am losing my breath when I walk fast or go up hills. Any exercise causes me to get breathless, dizzy and my heart to pound I have always been a healthy person so I dont know what is going on! Dont want to see my doctor in case I am making a mountain out of a mole hill and just wasting her time. What do you think?

    • Rotem Cohen says:

      Trisha, it’s hard for me to answer. I’m not sure why you don’t want to see your doctor about this. With that said, some possible cause that come to mind are:

      – Poor nutrition – you say that you don’t drink or smoke, but how well do you eat? How much water do you drink? Have you changed your diet lately?

      – You’re out of shape. You may think that you get a lot of physical activity when in fact you’re not. (I may be totally wrong at this, but give it a thought.) I’m not sure how much actual physical activity you get from horse riding, for example. Maybe you need to add some daily walking to your schedule. If this is it, don’t expect to feel a difference right away. Give it at least three weeks.

      Finally, you may just need to admit that you are getting older and need to slow down a bit.

      Hope this helps.

  6. Sue says:

    I have a healthy lifestyle. I exercise, eat well and I always have a lot to do so I never get bored. I never over work my self and get alot of breaks when I am awake. I find it really hard to get out of bed even if I have the most important event on I just cant seem to get up because I feel tired. Most times I sleep until late afternoon. I have done all tests with the doctor and nothing seems to be problem with my health. I don’t know what I can do to get out of bed.

    • Rotem Cohen says:

      Sue, you say you sleep until noon, but what time do you go to sleep? What about your coffee consumption? Did the tests you’ve taken include Sleep Apnea?

  7. Kelly says:

    I am 52 years old. Have hypothyroidism, border line diabetes. Over the last two weeks I have noticed that I am very tired all the time. I just had a week’s vacation and all I did was sleep. Now back at work I very tired and want to go to sleep even after I get up. Last night slept 12 hours and am ready to sleep again. Something is wrong…canyou help?

    • Rotem Cohen says:

      Kelly, when on vacation we tend to change our daily routine – bedtime, diet etc, and the momentum can be kept after the vacation is over. You need to break the pattern. Ignore you tiredness for a couple of days and make an effort to go back to your routine. Eat well, go to sleep early etc. Hopefully you’ll get back on track quickly. (If you don’t – see your doctor.)

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