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Common causes for fatigue

Why we are sleep deprived

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Although there are many reasons for fatigue this article will concentrate on sleep and sleep disorders.

We will start with the most obvious which is lack of sleep. Many people do not get enough sleep. Instead of sleeping they are on the Internet all night long, watching TV and playing games. They feel tired but they just can’t get away from their source of entertainment and pleasure.

Adults should be getting between seven to eight hours of sleep each night. Lack of sleep can lead to health problems and lack of concentration during the day.

How to fix the problem

Turn off all the laptop, TV, and everything else that distracts you from getting to sleep. Set a routine for having the same bedtime each night.

Sleep Apnea

You may be getting in your eight hours of sleep and yet you are still tired. This could be because you have sleep apnea which is a condition where you lose sleep at night because you stop breathing. You may not be aware that you stop breathing for a few seconds throughout the night; or, sleep apnea may even wake you up several times throughout the night.

Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder which occurs over and over again all night long.

How to avoid sleep apnea

You can lose weight as sleep apnea is known to happen when people are overweight, stop smoking, and if necessary get yourself a CPAP which is an apparatus used to supply much needed oxygen that occurs when you stop breathing due to sleep apnea.

Not enough energy

Your body needs the right kinds of food to keep you healthy. If you don’t eat enough chances are you will feel tired but if you are eating the wrong foods the same thing can happen. Your blood sugar may drop because of poor diet and that in turn may be causing the fatigue.


Eat a good breakfast every day with protein and carbohydrates such as eggs and whole wheat toast. Eat your regular there square meals and some snacks in between which are healthy for you like fruits and veggies. Smaller portion sizes spread out throughout the day often helps.


Anemia is the number one cause of fatigue in women. Your body needs red blood cells for oxygenation. Anemia occurs when the red blood cell count is low. Your monthly period may be taking away the iron in your blood and causing the anemia.

How to fix it anemia

Make sure you get enough iron in your diet. Eat iron enriched foods such as beans, enriched cereals, lean meat, and shellfish.


Depression is a psychological condition affecting our emotions but it can also affect our physical health as well. Depression can also cause loss of appetite, fatigue, and headaches.

The fix for Depression

Some counselling may help you with your depression. Talking about it to someone such as a counsellor or friend helps. If the depression is severe medications may be warranted.


The thyroid gland is found at the base of the neck. It is responsible for keeping your metabolism normal. If the thyroid is underactive it will affect your system in many ways such as making you feel sluggish and tired all the time.

How to fix hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is determined by blood tests. If the tests confirm you have hypothyroidism you will be treated with medication to stimulate the thyroid gland.


Most of us know already that caffeine is a stimulant and perks us up. Too much caffeine can elevate your blood pressure, heart rate, and have the counter effect of making you tired.

How to reduce caffeine

You would need to cut down on soft drinks, tea, coffee, sugar, and anything containing caffeine so that it does not make you sluggish and sleepy and interfere with your sleep.

Urinary tract infections

The most obvious signs of a urinary tract infection is the burning and pain associated with the sense of urgency. However, you may still have a urinary tract infection and only feel tired and sluggish.

The solution for urinary tract infection

A urine test can determine if you have a urinary tract infection. If that is the case you will be treated with antibiotics.


What happens with diabetes is that there is a very high content of sugar in the blood. This sugar remains in the blood and does not enter the cells to be converted into energy.

Fixing diabetes

Diabetics need to controll their blood sugar and chance their lifestyle. These changes include diet and exercise, medication, and or insulin.


If you are thirsty you are already dehydrated. Whether you are doing an intense workout or sitting down at the computer you still need to drink enough water.

The fix for dehydration

The fix for dehydration is simple. Drink lots of water. Drink at least two cups of water every hour before a workout. Drink eight glasses of water a day. Drink so that your urine is a light color. Dark urine means you are not getting in enough water.

Heart Disease

If you are getting tired from normal everyday tasks. Or you notice that you are you are unable to complete tasks like you did before, this could be a sign of heart disease. Your heart may no longer be functioning the way that it should.

How to help control heart disease

Controlling heart disease would include changing your lifestyle by going to the doctor for tests, exercising and proper diet, therapy and medication.

Shift Work

Shift work and irregular working hours interferes with your body routine and your internal clock, and the sleep system called the circadian rhythm. You may not be able to sleep in the daytime if you work the graveyard shift at night and that may make you feel tired during the day.

Remedy for shift work tiredness

Avoid as much sunlight as possible. When you sleep close the curtains and make the room as dark as you can. Your doctor may also prescribe some vitamin supplements and or medication.

Food allergies

If you feel tired after eating you may have some food allergies which are causing the problem.

How to know if you have food allergies

You would need to eliminate a food you eat one at a time to help distinguish if you are tired after eating that particular food. Your doctor or dietician can help guide you through this process.

Chronic fatigue syndrome and Fibromyalgia

Both chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia can be the reason for your fatigue especially if it lasts for more than six months and you just are too tired to do just about anything.

How to relieve chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia tiredness

Unfortunately, there isn’t a cure to relieve the tiredness but lifestyle changes such a eating better, sleeping better, and exercising can help.

Finally if you have mild fatigue and no underlying medical condition is found, simply exercising can bring back your energy.

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