5 Reasons You May Be Feeling Tired

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    5 Reasons You May Be Feeling Tired

    Sometimes feeling tired is a natural part of being human.  Whether we’ve been working hard or didn’t sleep enough the night before, feeling fatigued can creep up on us from time to time.  

    However, if you are feeling tired more and more often despite making efforts to get more sleep, there may be another underlying reason for your exhaustion.  Here are some of the most common reasons why you may be lacking energy.

    Vitamin Deficiency

    When your body is lacking in essential nutrients and vitamins, it can start to wear your body thin.  Lacking iron, in particular, can start to make you feel extremely fatigued and out of sorts.

    If you suspect that you are vitamin deficient in one or more areas, you may want to start taking supplements.  Talk to your doctor about which vitamins and supplements they recommend based on your specific symptoms.  This is a great place to start before moving on to more dramatic conclusions. It’s worth a try since putting vitamins into your body is never a bad thing.

    Poor Diet

    Eating a diet which is full of high fat, carbohydrates, and sugars will affect your energy levels.  Since these foods are often lacking in nutritional density and full of empty calories, your body isn’t getting the essential micronutrients it needs.

    When you eat foods which are derived from a natural source you feel energized.  Since these foods are easy for your body to break down, you will feel much less bogged down by a heavy feeling in your stomach.

    Eating foods which are full of chemicals and preservatives exhausts your body as it tried to figure out what to do with these foreign substances.


    Although depression has many symptoms, feeling tired is a big one.  People who suffer from depression have a hard time getting out of bed and don’t feel lively as they go about your day.

    If you have been feeling tired recently and also feel down about life overall, it may be a good time to talk to your doctor about any other symptoms of depression you’re feeling so that they can make a diagnosis.

    Low Blood Sugar

    Not eating properly or enough can affect your insulin levels and cause fatigue.  People who have busy jobs can often forget to eat as they rush through their day, and find themselves exhausted and lacking in energy.

    Making sure that you are feeding yourself at least two big meals a day will keep your blood sugar levels up and ensure that you keep sustained energy.


    Sometimes when stress gets too overwhelming, our bodies start to shut down.  This is a biological response and often makes us feel tired and worn out when we would normally feel fine.

    Since stress can often show up in the middle of the night and keep us awake when we should be sleeping, it’s important to take measures to reduce stress in our daily lives.

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    Written by Jenson Phillips

    Hi, I'm Jenson. Father of two and living with OCD, read my musings on coping with both and maybe pick up some advice for yourself.