7 Reasons You Always Feel Tired
You’re a busy and driven person… and that’s amazing!
But do all busy people feel as exhausted as you do?
Studies show that 1 in 3 adults in the US don’t get enough sleep and 72% of the population spends at least half the week feeling sleepy.
Recently, you’ve thought, “I’m tired of being tired!” But when you consider how to stop feeling tired, the solutions don’t seem realistic. You’re too busy to add extra hours of rest at night, and your caffeine intake is probably more than it should be already. Is being tired just a reality you need to learn to accept?
Absolutely not — but to deal with the problem, you have to identify what’s causing it.
Tiredness and fatigue are not health conditions. They’re symptoms of underlying causes. For some, eliminating exhaustion just requires a simple fix (get more exercise, drink more water!). But others are genetically predisposed to have some difficulty with sleep. For these individuals, the problem can be a little more complicated.
Do Genetics Really Affect How I Sleep?
If you have trouble shutting your brain off at night, your hyper-stimulated nervous system is likely causing a problem with sleep initiation. Being a driven, task-oriented person is admirable, but it’s problematic when you become so hyper-focused that you can’t turn your brain off.
This not only affects how fast you fall asleep, but also lowers your quality of sleep. When your body isn’t able to rest deeply, the effects carry over into the next day, leaving you mentally and physically tired.
Your ability to switch the central nervous system into a more calming, less-stimulated state is affected by your genetic predisposition. Some people genetically struggle to transform glutamate (hyperactive-stimulating neurotransmitter) into GABA (the neurotransmitter that calms the brain).
When this genetic predisposition is then triggered by a lifestyle factor such as stress, building your business, or to-do lists, the neurotransmitter heightens, making it really tough to fall asleep.
How Would I Feel If I Slept Well?
Believe it or not, some people (even busy, successful people) feel rested. In a well-rested state, you should have sustainable physical and mental energy throughout the day to do “all the things”. You shouldn’t experience a mid-day crash or have to drag yourself from one chore to the next. No matter your tasks, you should have enough energy to get them done with clear mental focus.
The goal isn’t euphoria — it’s sustainability.
So why do we feel tired? Why aren’t we all living a life full of sustainable energy?
Typically, there’s something we’re doing with our body, putting into our body, or our environment that’s causing the “I’m tired of being tired” feeling. Additionally, there may be a genetic cofactor that’s making it worse.
Ready to learn how to stop feeling tired? It’s all about figuring out what impacts your energy. Here’s what’s going on:
Output: What Are You Doing With Your Body That Lowers Energy?
1. Lack of Quality Sleep
Inadequate sleep is one of the main reasons people are tired. Most people assume they need more sleep in terms of quantity, but not everyone needs eight hours to feel rested. I feel best after about six hours. Some people do best with five hours, while other need ten. The point is, everyone is different. There’s no magic, one-size-fits-all number.
Adequate sleep is about quality over quantity. The key is resting deeply and resting when you’re tired. If you ignore rest to power through the night and meet a deadline, you make the problem worse. You’re left with an exhaustion hangover and begin a cycle of poor sleep.
The body must have rest time to do certain metabolic processes. When these processes don’t happen, the body functions at a sub-optimal level, leaving you without the energy you need.
Instead of worrying about how many, focus on how deeply and when.
2. Lack of Physical Exercise
Movement is essential. The more you move, the better you sleep. Sometimes that means setting a 6:00 am alarm to get some movement in before the day begins.
There’s a difference in mental and physical exhaustion. Sitting in front of a computer all day will lead to mental exhaustion, but this doesn’t help your body expend enough physical energy to feel tired. This makes it even harder to fall asleep at night. If you then stay up late (and sleep in), you get into a vicious cycle.
Instead, create body rhythms — go to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time. The body likes this predictability and learns to make it sustainable.
Input: What Are You Putting in Your Body That Inhibits Sustainable Energy?
3. Poor Nutrition
Eating too many refined carbs and sugars makes us feel tired, especially if it causes a blood sugar spike. When we eat bad carbs, it increases our glucose. When our blood sugar drops, we feel tired and need to eat it again to regain energy. This takes us on an endless rollercoaster of continually eating bad food to keep our energy up.
If you’re hungry, don’t eat a Snickers! That’s the opposite of what your body needs. Instead, maintain a balanced whole-foods diet throughout the day to sustain your energy. Choose healthy fats, clean proteins, and vegetables. As for fruit, keep it to a minimum. It’s still fructose, and the body doesn’t always differentiate between the natural sweetener and refined sugar.
4. Not Consuming Enough (of the right) Calories
Sometimes people overlook the possibility of missing calories because they’re so focused on not eating too much. This is another quality over quantity issue. We don’t recommend counting calories. However, we do recommend making sure you get enough healthy, clean food.
Strive for a balance in what you eat, making sure proteins, good fats, and healthy carbs far outweigh the sugars and refined carbs.
Food is fuel. We eat because we need energy — what you choose to eat should be a question of “Is this going to fuel me or harm me?”
5. Not Drinking Enough Water
When cells are dehydrated, they don’t perform optimally.
Drinking water hydrates the muscles and keeps your body operating as it should. Cells need water to work effectively and complete their biochemical processes on a daily basis. We recommend drinking half your body weight in ounces on a daily basis.
6. Drinking excessive caffeine
There’s nothing necessarily wrong with caffeine, but you shouldn’t have to rely on it for energy.
When you depend on stimulants to keep yourself mentally and physically focused, it’s an issue. Caffeine triggers the release of glutamate (the hyperactive neurotransmitter) to release in the brain. And if you already genetically struggle to convert glutamate to GABA, it makes falling asleep even more difficult.
Environment: How Do Your Surroundings Affect Energy?
7. High-Stress Environment
These input, output, and environmental factors can combine to be the perfect storm for illness, chronic fatigue, and decreased energy. With enough time, it becomes a lifestyle — and not the lifestyle anyone wants.
Where do you start so that you can actually improve the feeling of persistent fatigue?
Start by becoming aware. A great way to realize how you feel is to journal:
- What time did you wake up?
- What did you eat?
- What time did you go to sleep?
- Was it easy to go to sleep?
As you see patterns emerge, consider what changes might be helpful. Make practical, sustainable changes that fit your lifestyle. What’s feasible for you?
Take it step-by-step, making one realistic change at a time. Crawl before you try to walk. If you try to change too much too fast, it probably won’t last.
While all your sleep problems won’t be solved overnight, you’re not doomed to a life of exhaustion. If you’re in the “I’m tired of being tired” category, don’t lose hope! Sustainable energy isn’t a pipe dream. By knowing your body and integrating new sustainable habits, you can achieve all the sustainable energy you need.
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In good health,
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