Five causes of tiredness and how to overcome them
Many of us find ourselves getting used to the feeling of being tired. We chalk it up to modern living and come to expect it. The truth is however, that feeling exhausted all the time isn’t normal or acceptable.
Understanding what’s causing your tiredness is the first step – then you can find a way to overcome it. Take a look below for some common causes of tiredness and how to remedy them:
1. Erratic sleeping patterns
If your body isn’t get the amount of sleep it needs, you are bound to feel tired. Try to set yourself a sleep schedule so you get the same amount of sleep every night, including weekends.
2. You’re not moving enough
Staying in the same position for a long period of time can make you tired. This is because your breathing, heart rate and circulation slows down while your muscles work harder to keep you in the same position. Remedy this by getting up and moving around every half an hour.
3. You’re carrying tension
Holding on to tension, both in body and mind, can become exhausting. You may get caught up in catastrophic thinking and suffer from tension headaches or back ache. Make time for relaxation – learn breathing techniques or try hypnotherapy for stress.
4. You’re overscheduled
If you find your to-do list overwhelming, it is easy for tiredness to seep in. Similarly feeling as if you are constantly on-call and as if you have to answer every phone call and email is going to be exhausting. Take regular breaks and ‘unplug’ when you can.
5. You have a medical condition
In some cases fatigue is caused by a medical condition. These can range from mental health concerns like depression to thyroid problems and autoimmune diseases. Visit your doctor to rule out any underlying medical causes.
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