7 Weird Things That Are Making You Feel So Tired All The Time

If you are anything like most people in America, chances are good that you go trough your day’s feeling just a little bit tired. And, of course, by a “little bit” tired, what I really mean is “extremely and extravagantly fatigued,” because, let’s be real—you probably aren’t getting enough sleep. And, because of this, you’re pretty tired.

Except, sometimes, this might not be the case. Tiredness usually has a direct link to a lack of sleep, but it can also be tied to a few other things. So, check out these weird things that are making you feel so tired all the time:

 


You Have A Lot Of Baggage

Like, literally. It might sound over-simplistic, but part of the reason why you feel so exhausted during the day could be the fact that your backpack has three textbooks, a water bottle, and a change of clothes for soccer practice in it. The good news is that this tires out your body during the day, which could make it easier to fall asleep at night. The bad news is that this can cause back issues and random feelings of fatigue during the day. So, if you can, try to limit the amount of stuff you're carrying with you every day.

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You Aren't Drinking Enough Water

Yeah, yeah--you already know, probably, that you should be staying hydrated. But, just in case you haven't been heeding the advice of literally every health blogger on the planet, please drink water every day. Neglecting to do so can make you become dehydrated, which makes it much harder for your body to function. This, in turn, makes you feel sleepier than you should.

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You're Drinking Too Much Coffee

If you're tired, you should drink coffee to curb the exhaustion, right? Not exactly. Coffee is a diuretic, which means that it helps the body get rid of fluids faster than usual and can make you become dehydrated if you're guzzling coffee without supplementing with water. Plus, ingesting too much caffeine could be making it harder for you to fall asleep at night, which will help push you into a vicious, sleepless cycle. So, try to limit yourself to a cup or two of coffee a day, and try not to drink caffeine past 3 or 4 PM, either.

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You're Super Stressed

Are you stressed about something? Or, perhaps, many things? Join the club! most people are stressed about something. And, unfortunately, this could be a reason why you're feeling so tired all the time--stress can actually wear out the body by making you feel overstimulated. Stress and anxiety can keep you up at night, too, which probably doesn't help with the whole "tired" thing.) If you can, try to manage the stress with exercise and/or therapy. Doing these things won't make the stress go away, but it will give you some new ways to deal with it and make it feel less, well, stressful.

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Your Room Is Messy

Are you surrounded by a lot of clutter? If so, try to clean it up--according to research published in the Journal of Neuroscience, doing so will probably make you feel a lot more energized. This is because the brain gets distracted and overstimulated when it's presented with disorder, which can make you feel tired. So, if you feel exhausted every time you sit down at your paper-covered desk to get some studying done, try to give it a quick tidy. Chances are good that this will pay off, energy-wise.

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You're About To Start Your Period

A lot of women experience feelings of exhaustion and fatigue when they're starting (or about to start) their period. This is because your body goes through some hormone changes when you're on your period, which can make you feel tired and out of sorts. Basically? If you're on your period, or about to start it, take a rest. You deserve it.

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Your Friends Are Feeling Sad

If your best friend is going through a breakup, and you've been helping her deal with it, don't be surprised if you start to feel a little sad and tired, too. According to Cosmopolitan, empathy can be exhausting, since it can involve absorbing someone else's problems on top of your own. This doesn't mean that you should just leave your friends to fend for themselves if they're going through something tough, but don't feel obligated  to solve all of their problems either. Instead, let your friends know that you're there for them, but also let them know if something becomes too much for you to handle--this way, you won't burn out, but you'll still be a good friend.

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