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I'm so tired... All of the time...

Why am I tired all the time? We all feel tired from time to time. The reasons are usually obvious and can include:

  • too many late nights

  • long hours spent at work

  • a baby keeping you up at night

But tiredness that goes on for a long time is not normal. It can affect your ability to get on and enjoy your life. Unexplained tiredness is one of the most common reasons for people to see a medical professional, it could be something simple like a vitamin or nutritional deficiency but it could also be something more serious so it’s best to get checked.

Before you see a MP, you might want to work out how you became tired in the first place, I know it sounds silly but really try and think about it!

It can be helpful to think about:

  • parts of your life, such as work and family, that might be particularly tiring

  • any events that may have triggered your tiredness, such as bereavement or a relationship break-up

  • how your lifestyle may be making you tired

Where as an MP will then usually look at:

  • psychological causes

  • physical causes / lifestyle causes

Psychological causes of tiredness are much more common than physical causes. Most causes lead to poor sleep which causes daytime tiredness.

Psychological causes can include:

Stress - The strains of daily life. It's worth remembering that even positive events, such as moving house or getting married, can cause stress.

Emotional shock - A bereavement, redundancy or a relationship break-up.

Mental Illness - If you feel sad, low and lacking in energy, or if you have constant uncontrollable feelings of anxiety, and you wake up tired, you may be struggling with a mental illness.

Physical causes of tiredness can include:

  • iron deficiency

  • underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism)

  • sleep apnoea

Tiredness can also be the result of:

  • pregnancy – particularly in the first 12 weeks

  • being overweight or obese – your body has to work harder to do everyday activities

  • being underweight – poor muscle strength can make you tire more easily

  • side effects of medicines and some herbal remedies *Always consult a doctor!


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