No matter how much sleep you get, when you are finally able to drag yourself out of bed in the morning you just cannot get going. You rely on caffeine to keep you energized but even that doesn’t seem to help. By the time you get home from work, you are irritable and all you can think about is getting into bed. If this sounds like your life, there could be many different reasons for why you are chronically tired.
The first thing that you need to do is to go see your doctor. A blood test is necessary to check for medical reasons for your chronic tiredness. Your thyroid levels could be off and that is a reason why you just cannot seem to get enough sleep. If you do have low thyroid hormone levels or hypothyroidism, it can easily be fixed by adjusting your thyroid hormone levels with medication. There are other medical conditions that can make you feel chronically tired also, if your thyroid is not to blame. Make sure to tell your doctor all your symptoms and any medications that you may be taking.
If your blood work is fine, another cause of chronic tiredness can be stress. Stress is a part of life, and although it would be nice to live a stress-free life, it isn’t always practical. What you can do is control how to react to stressful situations and incorporate techniques into your life to help you cope. Taking a yoga class can teach you how to reduce the stress in your life by practicing deep breathing. Meditation, music, aromatherapy and massage are all great for helping to reduce stress. Stress can cause more than chronic tiredness, it can make you sick. Getting a handle on your stress can change your health.
Chronic tiredness can also be due to being overweight and out of shape. Even though it will be hard at first, start an exercise routine. Gradually build up from 30 minutes three times a week to a daily workout. Start out with walking, maybe taking half of your lunch hour and then some time after dinner. You will have to push yourself at first but after about a week, you will notice that you will start to have more energy. That will make it easier to add more time and maybe even more challenging workouts.
Your diet is also something that you should look at if you are having problems with chronic tiredness. Keep a food log for a few days and notice what kind of foods you are eating. Skipping breakfast is a bad idea and could be the reason why you feel sluggish. Try to add some healthier foods to your diet and cut back on the extra sugar and junk food. Eating healthier can help you to feel better.
Chronic tiredness is usually a sign that your body is not getting something that it needs. Whether it is hormonal or due to stress, bad eating habits or lack of exercise, once you figure out the source of the problem you can start feeling better by fixing what is wrong.