The Real Reason You’re Tired All the Time!

While you’re at work, do you find yourself constantly yawning, dozing off in front of your computer screen or fighting the urge to crawl under your desk for a nap? If you do, join the club because many of us have a problem it through the day!

But feeling tired may not always be due to our lack of sleep. There are several other factors which play a part in our daily energy levels.

Getting the right amount of exercise and eating healthy foods plays a major part in our health and if we lack in those areas, it might be why we feel sluggish most of the time. A link was found between chronic drowsiness and body mass index by researchers at Penn State College of Medicine, which was published in the journal Sleep. They found “gaining weight and being obese were linked with excessive daytime sleepiness” or “the inability to stay alert during the day.” Based on the study, it didn’t matter how much sleep the subjects had.

If you find yourself constantly having to make tough decisions, this could impact your fatigue as well and throwing off your concentration. The Scientific American says, “The brain works like a muscle, when it’s depleted, it becomes less effective.” Making tough decisions require “conscious effort” and they tire the brain.

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We all know if you stay up too late, you’ll be more tired in the morning. Based on research by Jessica Rosenberg and colleagues at RWTH Aachen University in Germany, people who stay up too late and tired during the day are more prone to depression and can suffer from “permanent jet-lag.” Because the average amount of sleep a person needs is between 7 ½ to 8 hours, board-certified sleep specialist, Michael Breus, says the best time to go to sleep is different for everyone, but it’s best to work backwards from your wake-up time to determine when to go to sleep.

Finances are another issue that can have an affect on us being tired. We all have bills from credit card debts, mortgages and student loans. A new study shows 62 percent of Americans are losing sleep because of financial concerns. With millennial student loan debt at $1.4 trillion, this isn’t hard to believe.

Before we go to sleep at night, many of us peruse social media constantly refreshing our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook feeds, but this could be affecting our sleep. Research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, found reading from an e-reader, laptop, iPad, smartphone and even some TVs before bed impacts our alertness the next day. Their two-week study found that the participants who read from an iPad before bed, took longer to fall asleep and were “more tired than book readers the following day, even if both got a full eight hours of sleep.” It’s best to just read from an old-fashion book.

Coffee is how many people stay alert throughout the day, but too much can hurt our sleep that night. Pharmacologist Avram Goldstein did a survey where he found “when people stop using coffee, morning sleepiness doesn’t get worse, it goes away.” Too much coffee during the day “can push the biochemical balance so far to one side that any interruption in the caffeine supply can have severe and debilitating side effects: violent headaches, incombatable drowsiness, and frequent depression.” Drinking green tea might be a better option on some days.

Most of us are either night owls or morning larks but there are other categories we are just now hearing about. A study conducted by Arcady Putilov and his colleagues at the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, discovered a “high energetic group” category who feel energetic in the morning and night and a “lethargic” group who feel sluggish in the morning and evening. Even though they were healthy, those who fell into the “lethargic” category were still tired. This could be the case for many more people.

As women, we should get used to being tired and needing more sleep than men. Professor Jim Horne, director of the Sleep Research Centre at Loughborough University, England, found women need 20 minutes more shut-eye because of the “female multi-tasking brain.”

“Women tend to multi-task—they do lots at once and are flexible—and so they use more of their actual brain than men do. Because of that, their sleep need is greater,” he said.

Due to lack of sleep, our health is comprised more than men’s and we have a higher risk of heart disease, depression and psychological problems.


Brittney Fennell

Brittney Fennell

Brittney is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and a writer who has goals to disrupt culture in ways unseen.