5 Reasons Why You’re Always Tired (& How To Overcome Them)

Everyone feels overtired from time to time, and occasionally feeling like you need more sleep is nothing to worry about. However, regularly feeling exhausted can be quite disruptive to your life. In some cases, it may even be a sign of poor health. Therefore, understanding the reasons for your regular tiredness is essential. 

Here are five possible reasons for your tiredness, along with what you can do about them.

Poor Sleep Health 

Firstly, sleep deprivation will leave you feeling physically and mentally fatigued. It’s not just a case of getting 7-9 hours of rest each night. You must also ensure that you reach the REM and deep sleep phases. Calculating your sleep debt could be an eye-opening experience that kicks you into action. This could include getting a new mattress, avoiding screens before bed, or going to sleep at the same time each night.

Improved sleep health should allow you to wake up feeling fresh. Even if further steps are needed. 

Underlying Health Issues

Continued tiredness could be due to one of many underlying health issues. Diabetes, thyroid conditions, and viruses can all cause this problem. Meanwhile, the hearing loss and fatigue link has been statistically shown. When you are continually working harder than the average person to follow a conversation, it makes sense that you’ll feel tired sooner. Meanwhile, managing the discomfort of chronic conditions can cause exhaustion.

If you are worried that a health condition from hearing loss to diabetes is causing tiredness, speak to an expert.


Stress can impact overall wellness in many ways. Burnout is one of the most well-known side effects, and this will leave you feeling exhausted. Worse still, it will often stop individuals from getting a good night’s sleep. Learning how to cope with workplace stress and financial worries could be the key to success. While it doesn’t suddenly wave a magic wand to make fatigue disappear, you can start to see the benefits within days.

Aside from fighting tiredness, reduced stress levels will aid many aspects of your physical and mental wellness.

Diet And Exercise

Physical exercise does leave the body feeling tired in the short-term. In the long haul, though, it is one of the best ways to beat tiredness. It increases your energy levels, improves your heart health and blood pressure, and promotes healthy sleep. Meanwhile, nutritional issues like iron deficiencies can have a similarly damaging impact. Consciously following a healthy diet and regular exercise is essential for getting life back on track.

Crucially, you must stay hydrated at all times. Otherwise, you will feel less alert and subsequently tired. 

Your Surroundings

We are all influenced by our surroundings in many ways, not least when it comes to tiredness. For starters, you need to consider climate control. While being too cold is never good, trying to work or stay alert is tough when you’re in a toasty room. Furthermore, everything from clutter in the home to candle scents could impact your tiredness levels. Sometimes it’s physical. In other moments, it’s psychological. 

It may take some trial and error, but updating your changes to boost energy in the day and aid sleep at night can work wonders.

Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an the author of "Getting Laid" and "Getting Baked". A sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky, when she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s making tea and writing about country living and artisan culture.
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