Reasons and Remedies for Feeling Tired All the Time

HealthHearty Staff Nov 22, 2018
Feeling exhausted after a long day of work is common. However, feeling tired all the time is a cause of worry. Here are some reasons why some people complain of excessive tiredness and the steps that can be taken to ensure that one has a regular supply of energy to his system.
Despite good food and proper rest, some of us experience a feeling of being tired all the time. If this is the case then it needs to be diagnosed, as a sense of tiredness felt all the time could indicate some serious health problem.

Reasons for Extreme Fatigue

Do you have body aches, feel lightheaded and dizzy, and have tired eyes almost all throughout the day? These are some of the symptoms of excessive tiredness. In case a person complains of a perpetual feeling of tiredness, then the following conditions could be considered as one of the causes of extreme tiredness:

Anemia

Red blood cells carry oxygen to all the cells of the body. Oxygen is required to burn food in the cells that results in release of energy. Anemia is a condition in which one does not have sufficient amount of red blood cells.
Iron or vitamin deficiency, excess blood loss (external or internal) or diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, cancer or kidney failure can lead to anemia. This condition is very common among women due to menstruation and body's requirement for extra amount of iron during pregnancy and breastfeeding a baby.

Diabetes

Glucose is the fuel from which energy is released in cells in presence of oxygen. People with type 2 diabetes have high levels of glucose in their blood, as their body is not able to use this glucose to provide energy. Hence individuals with type 2 diabetes complain of lack of energy and excessive tiredness.

Hypothyroidism

Thyroid is a small gland that is located on the front of your neck. It secretes hormones that regulate our metabolism. In hypothyroidism there is a deficiency in the thyroid hormones which results in constant fatigue.

Sleep Disorders

Sleep disorders like sleep apnea and insomnia can also cause a feeling of constant tiredness.
We require sleep for proper functioning of the body as during the hours that we sleep, the cells in our bodies repair and rejuvenate themselves. While insomnia refers to suffering from lack of sleep, sleep apnea causes interrupted sleep due to obstructed breathing.

Other Reasons

Some other reasons that can result in perpetual tiredness are listed here.
  • Degenerative diseases like rheumatoid arthritis
  • Respiratory disorders, asthma, even excessive smoking leads to chronic fatigue
  • Excess use of alcohol and drugs like cocaine and morphine
  • Side effects of medicines like antihistamines, diuretics and medicines to control blood pressure
  • Lack of exercise, leading a sedentary lifestyle
  • Hormonal imbalance, especially in women, after menopause, during pregnancy, after childbirth or breastfeeding, etc.
  • Chronic diseases like cancer, heart diseases, etc.
  • Wrong or unhealthy diet, lack of essential nutrients in diet
  • Bad eating habits like late night heavy dinners, skipping breakfast or lunch, following fad diets, excess caffeine intake
  • Stressful lifestyle is responsible for the overexertion of adrenal glands, which eventually results in adrenal fatigue.

Remedies for Extreme Fatigue

The treatment depends upon the cause. It may involve use of proper medicines and nutritional supplements, dietary alterations and lifestyle changes. You should follow the instructions of the physician religiously. Here are some natural remedies for preserving your energy and to keep diseases at bay:

Sound Sleep

Develop good sleeping habits. Go to bed early and wake up early. Ensure that you have 7-8 hours of sleep, at a stretch every night.

Balanced Diet

Cut out processed foods from your diet as they are devoid of nutrition. Instead they have harmful chemicals and are high on fats and carbohydrates that result in energy being diverted to digestion rather than being used for healing.

Regular Exercise

Regular exercise removes toxins from our blood, increases supply of oxygen to various organs, stimulates our digestive tract and ensures hormone balance and deep sleep. All this ensures that our body works well and we don't feel tired all the time.

Plenty of Water

Drink at least 3 liters of water everyday as fatigue is a result of dehydration. Body cells, tissues need water to work well.

Limited Intake of Caffeine

Avoid too much intake of caffeine. It may give you a ready boost of energy. However, at the same time it dehydrates the body.

Stress Relievers

Yoga exercises and meditation help relieve stress, an unavoidable part of modern lifestyle. Enjoy dance, music, reading, leisurely walking, painting, gardening, sports, etc. Such activities help relieve stress.
If nothing works and you still feel tired all the time, then you should consult a physician. In case it is a medical complication then you should undergo the relevant treatment. Otherwise, following the aforementioned remedies should help you lead a healthy life and do all work without feeling tired.
Disclaimer: This is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.