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Why Am I Always Tired and Have No Energy

Why am I always tired and have no energy? Lady stretches and yawns showing signs of fatigue.

In our nonstop world, feeling tired and lacking energy has become a common complaint among adults. Despite getting a full night’s sleep, many wake up feeling just as exhausted as when they went to bed.

If you find yourself asking, ‘Why am I always tired and have no energy?’ you are not alone. Studies show that approximately 1 in 3 adults report feeling persistently fatigued. This article delves into the reasons behind fatigue and provides actionable solutions.

Understanding Fatigue

Fatigue is more than just feeling sleepy. It is a pervasive sense of tiredness that can affect your physical and mental capacity. Unlike the occasional tiredness we all experience, chronic fatigue lasts longer and is more intense. It also significantly impacts on daily life.

Common Causes of Fatigue

Poor Sleep Quality & Sleep Disorders

Although you might think you are getting enough hours of sleep, poor sleep quality or underlying sleep disorders (like insomnia or sleep apnoea) can leave you feeling always tired and with no energy. In fact, one in five Australians have a sleep disorder.

Nutritional Deficiencies

Nutritional deficiencies are a major culprit behind feeling tired and lacking energy. Iron deficiency anaemia, low levels of vitamin D, and insufficient B vitamins can all contribute to fatigue. Surprisingly, up to 10% of women suffer from iron deficiency anaemia, a leading cause of fatigue.

Stress & Mental Health

Stress, anxiety, and depression are significant contributors to chronic fatigue. The American Psychological Association highlights that chronic stress can lead to high levels of fatigue and decreased energy.

Physical Health Conditions

Various health conditions, including thyroid issues, diabetes, and heart disease, can manifest as fatigue. Regular health screenings are vital, as statistics show that over 1 million Australians are living with undiagnosed hypothyroidism.

Lifestyle Factors

A sedentary lifestyle, excessive screen time, and poor diet can lead to feeling always tired. The Australian Government recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week, yet only 1 in 5 adults meet this guideline.

Strategies for Boosting Energy Levels

  • Improve Sleep Habits: Creating a bedtime routine, limiting screen time before bed, and ensuring your bedroom is conducive to sleep can improve your sleep quality.
  • Nutrition & Hydration: A balanced diet rich in iron, B vitamins, and vitamin D can combat nutritional deficiencies. Staying hydrated is also key to avoiding fatigue, with most adults encouraged to drink 2.5L or more of water per day.
  • Regular Exercise: Regular Exercise can boost energy levels. A study published in the Journal of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics found that sedentary people who began a regular exercise program reported improved fatigue compared to those who did not.
  • Mindfulness and Stress Reduction: Mindfulness practices, yoga, and meditation can reduce stress and improve energy levels. Research indicates that these practices can lower cortisol levels, enhance feelings of well-being, and reduce fatigue.

When To Seek Professional Help

If your fatigue is persistent and significantly impacts your quality of life, it may be time to seek professional help. Conditions like chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and other medical issues can only be diagnosed by healthcare professionals.

Conclusion

Understanding the multifaceted causes of always feeling tired and having no energy is the first step toward reclaiming your vitality. By addressing sleep quality, nutrition, stress, and lifestyle factors – all factors we consider within our program – you can begin to feel more energized and capable of tackling your daily activities.

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