If you’re experiencing tiredness, it may be because of your busy lifestyle or your tendency to burn the candle at both ends. You may need to work on your schedule to allow for more rest, or you may need to go to bed a little earlier in the evening.
However, there could be a health issue at the root of your tiredness, so it’s worth seeking medical attention if so. We have listed some examples below but continue your research to learn about other health-related problems that could be causing your tiredness and fatigue.
#1: An underactive thyroid
An underactive thyroid means you have too little thyroid hormone in your body. This can cause you to feel tired. Other signs of an underactive thyroid include weight gain, muscle aches, dry skin, and sensitivity to cold. If not treated, it could lead to other health complications, including heart disease and the life-threatening (but rare) condition known as myxoedema coma. Your GP can diagnose an underactive thyroid via a blood test so make an appointment as soon as you can if you have any concerns.
Tiredness is a major symptom of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Other symptoms include unexplained weight loss, increased thirst, extreme hunger, frequent urination, slow-healing sores, and blurred vision. If you are showing any of these signs, you should visit your doctor. Diabetes can lead to excess sugar in your blood levels and this can lead to other health problems, so early treatment is a must. You can get diabetes supplies delivered to your home if you do have the condition and your doctor will advise you on ways to control your blood sugar.
#3: Clinical depression
We all get depressed from time to time but clinical depression goes beyond the low moods we get when life gets on top of us. If you have been feeling depressed and have no idea why your moods are low, you may be experiencing clinical depression. As well as low moods, other signs of the condition include tiredness, insomnia, irritability, feelings of guilt and worthlessness, suicidal thoughts, and even digestive problems. If you are experiencing these symptoms, a doctor or mental health counselor can suggest treatment to you, so don’t suffer alone if your moods are constantly low.
#4: Sleep apnea
Sleep apnea is when your breathing stops and starts while you’re asleep and is caused by your throat narrowing and closing. People with this condition often wake up gasping for air and when this happens throughout the night, they wake up the next day feeling exhausted. Certain things can make the condition worse. People who drink and smoke a lot can experience sleep apnea and those who are overweight can be prone to the condition. If left untreated, it can lead to other health conditions, including diabetes and high blood pressure, so you should visit your doctor if you think you have this problem.
These are just a few of the health conditions that could be causing you to feel tired. There could be other medical reasons, however, so even if our suggestions don’t apply to you, it is still important to visit your healthcare provider. At the very least, you will get peace of mind if nothing is wrong, but if you do have a health issue, early intervention should help to treat it.