How many times have you realised that you are constantly tired? Do you find yourself waking up only wanting to go back to sleep as soon as you are done with mundane tasks like getting dressed? “I am constantly tired,” is something that I hear from so many of my near and dear ones so often. In fact, I have found myself feeling the very same way for days and even weeks at an end.
Feeling constantly tired could be a result of a whole lot of factors. Apart from medical reasons, you may also be feeling overwhelmed in life. The pace we tend to keep nowadays has pretty much robbed us of peaceful moments to stop and smell those literary roses. We seem to be in a constant hurry to catch that imaginary train to make it past all our economic, social and personal goals – as if the Universe has limited seating being allotted on first come, first serve basis.
Yet, if the feeling of being constantly tired has been plaguing you for a while, you may have to make a trip to your doctor to find out what your body is trying to say to you. So if you have been feeling this way for a long time, go through this list of surprising culprits that may be the reason.
- Stress and Depression: Clinical depression is one of the reasons you may be feeling constantly tired. The feeling of constant hopelessness that arises from an imbalance of your hormones and other personal factors, can cause a lack of energy. This can leave you feeling constantly tired and in a state of gloom. Also, a particularly stressful situation in life like a sudden loss or strife in a relationship or at work, may pose this kind of a feeling. Here, one should remember that stress alone cannot be called clinical depression.
- Diabetes: If you are also feeling more thirsty than usual at all times, while you remain constantly tired, you may want to check your blood sugar levels. The symptoms of diabetes may be small niggling ones in the beginning, and easy to ignore. So it would be a good idea to have them checked before the condition gets out of hand!
- Grandular Fever: Being constantly tired and having fever with a sore throat may point at grandular fever. This is a viral infection that takes place in the glands and is usually known to make the patient feel constantly tired for weeks and months at an end. Swollen glands, which is one of the main symptoms of this condition is most commonly seen in teenagers.
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: This is a term that is not very commonly known. So if you have been feeling constantly tired for a period of six months or more, you may want to check for related symptoms like headaches, pain in the joints and bones, as well as a sore throat. A doctor should be consulted so as to conduct a proper diagnosis and treatment.
- Underactive Thyroid: Thyroxine is the hormone that regulates the health of the thyroid gland. While most of us think that hyper or hypo thyroid alone can cause symptoms like being constantly tired, we do not realise that even borderline cases pointing to an underactive thyroid gland can cause such a symptom, among many others. Aching muscles and weight loss or weight gain are other symptoms that come with an underactive thyroid gland. You would do well to have your thyroxine levels checked immediately if you are facing such symptoms.