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Why am I always tired?

Are you 'TATT'?

Feeling tired all the time, or ‘TATT’ as it is commonly known in the medical world, can cause real disruption to your day to day life, and it’s easy to slip into a routine and start to think that feeling constantly tired is normal. But being tired all the time is not normal, and you can do something about it if you’re willing to put a bit of work in.

Before tackling your tiredness, let's consider why you are alway feel tired. Ask yourself:

  • Am I going to bed very late?
  • Do I spend too long at work?
  • Do I have a structured sleeping pattern?
  • Do I drink too much alcohol?
  • Am I exercising too much? Or not enough?
  • Am I consuming too much caffeine throughout the day?

Some of these factors are likely stopping you from getting enough sleep. Some simple changes to our lifestyles can help us to feel more energised. Contact us, we can help encourage you to make some simple lifestyle habits to improve your feeling of tirdness. 

It might be however, that there are physical or psychological reasons for you always feeling tired.

Physical causes of tiredness

If you have looked at your lifestyle choices and can’t find a reason why you are feeling tired all the time, your next point of call is to check whether there are any physical reasons for your tiredness. Perhaps check to see whether you have the symptoms (other than tiredness) of any of the following illnesses:

  • Iron deficiency anaemia – shortness of breath, heart palpitations, paler skin
  • Underactive thyroid – sensitivity to the cold, weight gain, constipation, depression, muscular aches and cramps, dry skin, brittle hair and nails
  • ­­­­Sleep apnoea – shortness of breath which wakes you up

If you feel you have the symptoms of any of these illnesses, seek help from your doctor as soon as possible and they will be able to help you treat the illness. There are many other things that may be going on with your body which can make you feel tired though, including pregnancy, being over or underweight, carbon monoxide poisoning or side effects from any treatment you may be undergoing for an illness.

Psychologyical causes of tiredness

There doesn’t have to be something physically wrong with your body for you to be feeling tired all the time, and psychological problems are the most common cause for feeling tired. There are four main psychological causes of tiredness:

  • Stress – one of the main causes of tiredness is stress, which can appear whether you are overworked or if you are organising a big event. If stress is getting on top of you, seek help from your doctor
  • Emotional shock – have you suffered a bereavement recently? Or had some particularly bad news? It might be that your body is having a bad reaction to the shock and counselling might be the answer. You may have had a change in circumstances such as moving house or starting a new job that could effect your sleep too. 
  • Depression – feeling sad all the time, even if it is for no particular reason, can be very draining on your energy. Again, you can seek help for combatting depression. Your mental health is as important as your physical health, which interact and effect the other. 
  • Anxiety – a constant feeling of anxiety can wreak havoc on your body, so take positive steps to tackle it. Your doctor right recommend medication, counselling or techniques such as meditation

Whatever the reason for your tiredness, you should know that there probably is a solution, so take action and find out what the cause is so you can tackle it head on. If you want help in changing your lifestyle, contact us today for free friendly advice and coaching. We will do everything in our power to assist you in achieving your goals.

We’re here to help! Get in touch with us today and discuss what we can do to support you.

How does this work?

The tailored approach LiveWell Dorset uses to come up with solutions to the things that are stopping us achieving our goals, is based upon work done by University College London developing the COM-B model of behaviour change. In this model, all behaviour is influenced by understanding a person’s capability to change, their opportunity to change and their motivation to change. By understanding which of these is the biggest barrier to change, we can tailor support accordingly. This model of behaviour change is at the centre of the support we offer, online and in person.

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