Do you constantly find yourself asking, "why am I so tired all the time?" You're not alone.
Four out of five people say that they suffer from sleep problems and wake up feeling exhausted.
Sleep is crucial to our overall health, and without it, we can experience serious side effects such as:
- Weight gain
- Mood swings
- Hormonal Imbalances
- Trouble focusing
- Weakened immunity
- Higher risk of diabetes
- High blood pressure
- Memory issues
The National Sleep Foundation announced that adults should be getting around 7–9 hours of sleep each night to feel rested and reap the benefits of a good night's rest. Meeting this average is important as a number of sleep studies found that people who sleep seven hours a night are healthier and live longer.
While a lack of sleep is typically the most common reason for being tired all the time, there are also a number of other factors that play a huge role in your level of tiredness and your ability to get a good night's rest.
Why Am I So Tired All The Time?
From nutrient deficiencies to poor sleep hygiene, there are several factors that can cause chronic tiredness, even after a full night's sleep.
1. Vitamin D Deficiency
More often than not, the winter months see a lack of sunshine and you're probably not spending as much time outside as you might have in the warmer months. This can lead to a drop in vitamin D levels, which have been linked to feelings of tiredness and fatigue.
Along with feelings of fatigue, vitamin D deficiencies can lead to other issues like depression, hair loss, and poor immunity.
2. Poor Sleep Hygiene
Sleep disorders are estimated to affect 50 to 70 million Americans.
The good news is there are a number of tiny changes you can make to your sleep hygiene to mitigate your chances of low-quality sleep. Poor sleep hygiene can stem from one or more of the following:
- Staring at the blue light on your phone or computer for too long
- Consuming more than one cup of coffee a day (especially after 2 pm)
- An inconsistent sleep routine
- Not getting