Everyone is very familiar with that feeling of exhaustion. If you’ve had a late night to try and get an essay done, you will know how groggy you can feel the next day. And you will know how it takes at least four proper espressos to make you feel human. Normally, we bounce back in a few days thanks to a few nights of good sleep. Sometimes, you might find yourself feeling that same level of tired all of the time, even when you’re getting ample sleep.
You might blame it on the busy lives we lead today. Our hectic schedules definitely aren’t helping, but there could be more to the story. There could actually be something off with your body that’s making you feel tired. I’m not trying to send you into a panic. I just want you to be aware that sometimes feeling tired all the time doesn’t have to be because of stress or late nights. Here are seven other reasons you feel exhausted AF.
You're AnemicDon't panic, Anemia sounds scarier than it actually is. Anemia can be caused by a variety of things including iron or vitamin deficiency, or blood loss. Some of the serious culprits include internal bleeding and illness. Anemia is common among menstruating women thanks to periods and the blood loss. A blood test will be able to check your levels to find out if you're low in vitamins and/or iron. Image source: Getty
There's Something Off With Your ThyroidThe thyroid is one of those organs that we don't really think about that much so it might take us to realize that it's the source of the problem. There are two types: Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism. According to Prevention, Hypothyroidism causes muscle fatigue, general fatigue, and having difficulty concentrating. So, it could be your underlying issue. Image source: Getty
You Have Coeliac DiseaseAhhh, gluten. I know that you might be rolling your eyes at this one given that gluten has been targeted as the enemy of late. Some of the clean eating peeps have blown it out of proportion but there are a number of people with genuine Coeliac Disease who don't even know it. Eating certain types of gluten-rich foods can actually make them feel tired all of the time, along with other things. If you think you might be one of them, talk to your doctor because he/she can help determine whether you're gluten intolerant for sure. Image source: Getty
You Have AnxietyMost of us would probably admit that we suffer from some form of anxiety, but the NHS cites generalized anxiety disorder as a condition that could make you feel tired all the time. If you find that you're constantly panicking about things, sleep will obviously be very difficult. If you find that your anxiety is chronic and impacting your rest, go visit your doctor. Image source: Getty
You Have Chronic Fatigue SyndromeYes, this is an actual syndrome. If you feel tired all of the time and you're not sure why, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome could be a possibility. Your doctor will also want to ensure that none of the others on the list apply to you. If they've been ruled out, CFS could be a possibility. Wondering what exactly it is? Healthline describes it as, a debilitating disorder characterized by extreme fatigue or tiredness that doesn't go away with rest and can't be explained by an underlying medical condition. Image source: Getty
You Have An InfectionThis might get your alarm bells ringing, but it's true. Reader's Digest reports that those who are constantly feeling tired could have an infection and doctors will likely check them out for Lyme disease or the Epstein-Barr virus, aka mononucleosis. Image source: Getty
You're DepressedDepression affects people in a lot of ways including physically and emotionally. One of the symptoms of depression may be feeling tired all the time or a consistent lack of energy or motivation. If you are feeling this way and exhibiting other symptoms of depression or you're feeling suicidal thoughts, it's important that you speak to someone. There is no shame in getting help. There are people out there who can help you. Image source: Getty
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