Always Tired? Six Common Causes of Fatigue



By Emma Sturgis 



The Center for Disease Control and Prevention asserts that more than 1 million people in the U.S. suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome. Aside from this, there are also millions of Americans who are tired often due to hectic work schedules and family obligations. If you find that you’re tired more often than usual, your fatigue may be due to one or more of the following causes:



Your Morning Coffee (With Sugar)

Drinking caffeine can energize you for a few hours, but once the effect wears off it can cause sluggishness and fatigue. Foods and beverages with high caffeine and sugar content can cause extreme changes in blood sugar, which contributes to fatigue. Blood sugar changes can lead to weight gain, so keeping blood sugar levels stable is highly effective for both managing weight combating fatigue.



Lack of Exercise

Working out gives your body energy and provides the stamina you need to complete important tasks throughout the day. A good exercise program will also release endorphins, which promote a good mood and adequate energy. It’s best to exercise at least three hours before bedtime so your body will have time to relax and adequately prepare for sleep.




Anemia, or iron deficiency, is a very common cause of fatigue among women, particularly those with heavy periods. Anemia can be remedied by eating foods that are rich in iron on a regular basis, such as leafy green vegetables and lean cuts of red meat. Iron supplements are helpful as well.



Thyroid Issues

If your thyroid gland is over or underactive, you will likely feel drowsy and energy-deprived. Your symptoms may include joint pain, sudden weight gain or loss and irregular heartbeat in addition to fatigue. If you think that your thyroid isn’t functioning properly, visit your doctor to get a blood test that will determine if your thyroid levels are within normal range. Changes in your diet, such as eliminating cruciferous vegetables, and taking thyroid medication, may be necessary to help you get your energy back.



Potassium Deficiency

When you’re not getting enough potassium, it can be difficult to stay awake for long periods of time or keep up with an exercise program. A blood test will determine whether your potassium levels are low. Adding foods like bananas, baked potatoes and yogurt to your diet can remedy this issue.



Substance Addiction

If your body has developed a tolerance to or dependency on a substance like drugs or alcohol, withdrawal from the substance could be causing your fatigue. When addiction occurs, the body becomes unable to function properly without the aid of the substance, so you will feel sluggish and slow when you don’t have it in your system. If you are, in fact struggling with addiction, seek out help from an addiction treatment center or specialist. Chronic fatigue and other symptoms of withdrawal should always be taken seriously, especially when you regularly use an addictive substance.


These are just a few of the simple things you can do to gain your energy back. An overall healthy lifestyle, including getting adequate rest every night, is also effective when you need to restore your energy.

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