Can’t you stop catching yourself yawning? We normally blame it on the late night, long working hours, lack of food and sleep or just feeling plain lazy.
The real reason you might be feeling sleepy, however, could include a mix of common habits/lifestyle factors such as the ones mentioned above and/or even underlying conditions that can scientifically put you in a slump during the day.
So what could be the reasons of us being tired
Anaemia, which is a condition signified by an iron deficiency or vitamin deficiency can lead to a lack of red blood cells in your body that are responsible fro transporting oxygen to your tissues and cells. Anaemia can lead to feeling tired all the time, cause fatigue while performing activities for short durations and cause a lack of concentration. Get a physical exam and a complete blood count test to check the levels of your red blood cells.
The thyroid gland is the size of a little know based at the front of the neck, produces hormones that control your metabolism. Too much of it (hyperthyroidism) or too little of it (hypothyroidism) can cause weakness, fatigue, unexplained weight loss and increased levels of thirst. Thyroid disease is treatable and quite manageable, so it’s advisable if you have the symptoms.
Since diabetes is a condition that disallows people from using glucose for energy from the blood to keep their body running smoothly, often tend to feel fatigued, experience hunger pangs, weight loss, irritability, blurred vision, frequent urination and excessive thirst. The sooner you get tested for diabetes, the easier it to cope with it in the longer run.
Sleep apnea could disrupt your sleep by having you waking up feeling tired no matter how much rest you get. Sleep apnea is characterised by interruptions during your sleep because your upper respiratory track collapses for a few seconds, which in turn alerts your brain to wake up and begin the process of breathing again. Test your sleeping patterns at a clinic using a polysomnogram test to check your sleeping patterns.
Some other lifestyle factors include:
Depression doesn’t just impact your mood, but also your sleep
Depression impacts the way your eating patterns, memory and concentration, your emotions and for the sake of this article most importantly your sleeping patterns. It’s best to get diagnosed with depression by a licensed professional to undertake treatments to combat it as early as possible.
Being hooked on caffeine and alcohol
Going through 6-7 cups of coffee a day and looking forward to a night out indulging in alcohol, later on, might be the order of the day, but you may never end up sleeping on time if that’s the case. Bring this down to moderation for starters. Instead, start your day with half a litre of water and have about 6-7 glass through the day, which can go a long way in boosting your energy levels.
Feeling tired is normal but if you are feeling tired continuously then you have to be careful and find out what is the reason and if required consult a doctor