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You Asked: Why am I So Tired?

Dear Sugar--
I'm beginning to notice that I'm feeling tired all the time. I can never be bothered doing anything. Do I need to eat less or more? Exercise more regularly? I'm not nodding off to sleep like Sleeping Beauty, but I just feel, lazy and lethargic. Thanks for your help! -- Lifeless Leslie

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Dear Lifeless Leslie--

There could be a multitude of reasons why you are feeling lethargic and tired all the time. One main thing that comes to mind is that you are missing something in your diet. You could be deficient in Iron -- one symptom of anemia is weakness and feeling lightheaded. Are you dieting? Eating enough protein? If you aren't giving your body enough fuel to do its job, it's not surprising that you feel so drained of energy.

Are you getting enough sleep at night? If you drink alcohol regularly, you might not be getting as good of a night's sleep as you thought. Alcohol is a major culprit of disrupting sleeping patterns so try to cut it out of your diet for a week and see if that helps. Exercise does rejuvenate you, it gets your blood pumping, so if you're feeling tired, try going for a walk or hitting the gym and see if you get a burst of energy. Are you emotionally struggling right now? Feeling blue can effect your energy level too and make you not want to do much of anything, so talk to a friend, a family member, even a therapist if you have a lot on your mind.

Since I don't know your daily routine or what your eating habits are, it's hard to put my finger on what's causing your exhaustion, so I advise you to see your doctor asap, just to be safe. Good luck!


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Vdogg Vdogg 10 years
iron... i was anemic for a while & was regularly taking iron & now i guess ive grown out of it.. it's a horrible feeling & basically disrupts every aspect of your life eh? you'll feel a lot better once you've gotten used to it. oh & also check for vitamin b-12, injections of that really help as well.
divalicious23 divalicious23 10 years
By the way if you're living on coffee and tea (more than 4 cups a day), your body is depending on them and when the buzz finishes you'll feel tired. Sugar is another one. If you want to treat yourself do it before bed time, not during the day and not the first thing in the morning! AVOID MUFFINS, DONUTS AND ANYTHING LIKE THAT IN THE MORNING.
divalicious23 divalicious23 10 years
bugness you're right babe! That's another important one. This is why I said go and see your doctor.
bugness bugness 10 years
Another BIG BIG possible cause that we're leaving out here is the thyroid. One bloodtest can help your doctor determine if your thyroid is causing you exhaustion. I have hypothyroidism, which is when the thyroid doesn't produce enough of its hormone and causes fatigue, weight gain, cold intolerance, memory loss, and other things. It's quite scary, because it can lead to other troubles in the endocrine system or make conceiving difficult. Check it out:
Saaralynne Saaralynne 10 years
Just to throw this out there, my friend had a similar problem in high school, and it took a long time to diagnose. They did bloodwork and a whole bunch of other stuff, but it turns out she has narcolepsy! They diagnosed it when she was 17. Regardless of popular belief, it doesn't make you randomly fall asleep (that's cataplexy) but makes her super tired all the time.
zc zc 10 years
yup this is me to a tee.... by the afternoon im completely exhausted!
Masqueraded_Angel Masqueraded_Angel 10 years
Wow, I could have written this! I'm also feeling rather lazy most of the time, but sometimes I'll pop up and do a couple of chores and crash again. I had no idea about the alcohol, though. I have about 1-2 glasses of wine every night...maybe that's it? Either way, the iron could also be the reason for your sleepyness. Definitely see your doctor.
rubialala rubialala 10 years
Be careful with iron supplements, they can make you constipated. Also, they can also make it difficult to sleep if you take it at night. I would recommend seeing your doctor before you just start taking supplements. It might be something else, you don't want to just cover it up, make sure you are actually adressing the problem.
Seraphim Seraphim 10 years
wow i thought i wrote this and didnt know i think i'm gonna get an iron supplement today and see what happens!
Feesje Feesje 10 years
Go to your doctor and get your blood analyzed. Maybe you have a lack of iron, and your hemoglobin levels are low. That can be fixed with iron supplements, and eating enough red meat and vegetables.
jhuck jhuck 10 years
This happens to me periodically. Go see your doctor. They can ask you a ton more questions and maybe send you for some tests to find out what the culprit may be if it isn't diet and drinking.
Krima25 Krima25 10 years
I know exactly how you feel! About 2years ago this happened to me, I was always tired, didn't want to do anything and felt like I was falling asleep at work. In my case, I was depressed. I was working at a job that I hated, and I was in a bad relationship. I felt like I was in the middle of a major crises! I winded up quitting my job, and eventully breaking up with my boyfriend, and I honestly felt very energized. Even my friends said that I seemed more full of life. Another situation that I've experienced is that a few weeks ago I was feeling the same way, and to cope with feeling tired I've been eating more! After taking a step back I realized that what I was eating for breakfast was crap, I wasn't drinking enough water, or having enough protein. And I honeslty wasn't getting enough sleep which lead to eating more so I could feel more awake. Not sure your exact situation, I just wanted to share what happened with me.
kalaloughary kalaloughary 10 years
I feel the same way lately and I have talked to a lot of people who are exhausted too. I live in the midwest and I believe the humidity and heat are zapping me. So I have been trying to hydrate more which is of course always important. I hadn't thought about more iron thank you! I can't wait to stop being a zombie!
divalicious23 divalicious23 10 years
You are lacking iron. I think you need to see a doctor, something isn't right with your diet. If you're a veggie then I think you need a lot more iron than you're getting. And if you aren't you're lacking omega 3 maybe? Go and see a doctor.
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