10 Reasons You Feel Tired All The Time & How To Fix It

10 Reasons You Feel Tired All The Time & How To Fix It

There’s nothing worse than trying to stay awake at your desk, especially every single day. From too much caffeine to underlying health conditions, dozens of factors contribute to sleep quality, so let’s dive into some common reasons you’re always sleepy…and what you can do other than count sheep. 

1. You Don’t Sleep Enough

This sounds like a no-brainer, but people often gloss over just how easy it is to lose sleep. From staying up to watch a show or reading another chapter, examine your bedtime habits to see if they actually impede your sleep.

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2. You Sleep Too Much 

On the flip side, too much sleep can also cause fatigue by disrupting your sleep patterns. Our body’s internal clock tells us when it’s time to wake up and hit the hay, and sleeping too much throws off that clock to the point we fall asleep at our desks.

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3. Poor Diet

A healthy diet includes more than breakfast—major culprits like refined carbs or excessive sugar destroy energy levels throughout the day. They’re also loaded with calories and serve to harm our bodies, so cutting back on both can help keep you awake. 

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4. Stress

It’s not always easy to sidestep stress, but its maintenance is important for overall health. In addition to exhaustion, high stress levels cause headaches, digestive issues, and potential mental illness risks like depression or anxiety. It’s also a leading cause of insomnia, which disrupts sleep even more.

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5. Health Conditions

All kinds of health conditions—from diabetes to thyroid problems—can impact your sleep. Don’t ignore symptoms, no matter how inconsequential, because additional conditions like anemia, kidney disease, and even chronic fatigue syndrome could also be at play.

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6. Mental Health

Depression and anxiety are prime suspects in sleep issues, so it’s important to keep an eye on your mental health. Both conditions not only affect your ability to sleep but can also impede work-life balance and may require medication for proper management. 

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7. Exercise Irregularities

You may have heard that too little exercise can affect sleep patterns, but too much of it also throws a wrench in your schedule. Pushing yourself too hard can result in injuries and doesn’t give your body the recovery time it needs, leading to fatigue. 

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8. Sleep Apnea

Don’t ignore snoring! Sleep apnea is a very common ailment that not only affects your ability to sleep but can also prevent you from breathing. If you wake up with a sore throat or constantly feel exhausted, it could be a sign you struggle to stay asleep. 

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9. Too Much Caffeine

With the up comes the down and nothing illustrates that better than coffee (maybe sugar). Poor sleep leads to too much caffeine, which seriously harms your sleep schedule—and the cycle continues. Even outside of coffee, energy drinks and certain teas have enough caffeine to contribute to the problem, so it may be worth cutting back. 

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10. Dehydration

Water keeps skin glowing, your mind sharp, and most importantly maintains a healthy sleep schedule. You’ve heard it from doctors and social media influencers alike: stay hydrated. Without enough water, your body gets far more tired far quicker. 

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Despite these common disturbances, there’s still a lot you can do to improve sleep quality and stop those yawns before they happen.


1. Get the Right Sleep

You’ll never get anywhere without a proper night’s sleep, so it’s worth figuring out a schedule. Whether that means heading to bed early or waking up on time, do what’s best for those extra Zs.

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2. Eat a Balanced Diet

A diet filled with lean meats, plenty of water, and fresh fruits and veggies is the perfect start to better sleep. It also does wonders for your overall health, concentration, and energy levels! Try and stick with protein so you can make it to the end of the day without hassle. 

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3. Manage Stress

Breathing techniques and relaxing activities significantly reduce stress, which is important for a good night’s sleep. High stress levels often cause insomnia, so keeping yours down can bring a peaceful night’s rest without worrying about what comes next.

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4. Visit the Doctor

Annual check-ups give you and your physician a better understanding of your health. Underlying conditions like early onset diabetes or anemia can trigger sleep trouble, so visiting your doctor not only gives you a head start diagnosis but also allows you to get to the root of your problems.

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5. Work Out Appropriately

It’s important to get some kind of physical activity in, but it’s just as important to not overdo it. You can always speak with your physician about which exercises make the most sense—however, walking is a simple way to get your steps in without being too strenuous. 

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6. Consider a Sleep Clinic

Sleep apnea is no joke and if your snoring impacts your sleep pattern, it may be time for a clinic. The good news is that some offices allow you to bring home a CPAP machine so you can report your findings rather than try with hundreds of wires attached to you. 

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7. Balance Your Coffee Intake

It’s not really a good idea to have coffee anytime after noon, so try and cut back for your sleep’s sake. Remember that the more you have, the worse you can feel the next day, which starts a gnarly cycle. One morning cup ought to be enough to last you. 

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8. Drink Enough Water

Water, on the other hand, is something you should strive to drink more of. Odds are you aren’t drinking as much as your body needs, and upping your intake maintains healthy energy levels throughout the day. The right amount of water also wards off headaches and dizziness, two symptoms easily exacerbated by fatigue. 

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9. Focus on Hobbies

A good work-life balance is one of the best ways to manage stress! Focusing on hobbies allows you a chance to relax and work your brain, which also helps you hit the hay in peace.

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10. Sleep Hygiene

Despite its name, sleep hygiene probably isn’t what you think. The practice has been around for decades and refers to factors that help you sleep—everything from your environment to the size of your meals can determine how well you sleep, so paying attention to your lifestyle makes a bigger impact than you think!

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