5 Unexpected Reasons You’re Tired All the Time

Kaitlin Vogel
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Why am I always tired? If you find yourself tired all the time, constantly hitting the snooze button, and drinking three cups of coffee to make it through the day, you’re not alone.

In today’s fast-paced world, most people are accustomed to being tired all the time. Many of us assume that sleep is the solution, but there are actually many other factors at play.
 
 

Why Am I Always Tired? Here Are 5 Surprising Reasons You Might Be Tired All the Time:

 

1. You’re Deficient in Magnesium

In order to get a good night’s rest, your mind and body need to be in a relaxed state. Magnesium helps by activating the parasympathetic nervous system, which is the system responsible for helping you calm down and unwind.

Also, magnesium regulates the amount of melatonin in your body, which is the hormone that affects your body’s sleep cycle.

The good news is that magnesium is one of the most common minerals and can be found in many foods such as nuts, leafy greens, and avocados.
 

 
 

2. Your Sex Life Is Boring

Ironically, if you’re feeling too tired to have sex, getting physically intimate will actually help you fall asleep. As it turns out intimacy is scientifically proven to promote more restful sleep.

How? During an orgasm, the chemical prolactin is released.

“Prolactin levels are naturally higher during sleep, and animals injected with the chemical become tired immediately,” Live Science reports. “This suggests a strong link between prolactin and sleep, so it’s likely that the hormone’s release during orgasm causes men to feel sleepy.”

Did you know that yoga also helps you in bed? Here are 7 Secret Ways Yoga Improves Your Sex Life
 

3. You Live a Sedentary Lifestyle

Similarly, to the people who say “I’m too tired to have sex,” the people who are inactive and too tired to work out would actually feel more energized if they exercised. Studies show exercise can reduce the effects of fatigue.

The solution is simple: To boost your energy, get moving. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk on your lunch break, and if you’re feeling extra ambitious, you can give yoga a try. (Start with these 10 Most Common Beginner Yoga Poses).

Need some workout motivation? Here’s How to Train Your Brain to Crave the Gym: It’s Simpler Than You Think (And Totally Doable!)
 

 
 

4. You Have Food Intolerances

The real reason you’re tired all the time may be because of what you’re eating. Along with causing digestive issues, food sensitivities can affect energy and overall quality of life.

You may be allergic to gluten, dairy, eggs, and soy – these are among the most common food intolerances. If you think the food you’re eating is the culprit, you may want to see an allergist who can help you uncover the root cause of the problem.
 

5. You Stare at Screens

Like virtually all of us in this day and age, we are constantly staring at screens – our computer, laptop, tablet, smart phone, TV . . . even new cars have screens in them! This screen time is not only straining our eyes and degenerating our posture – it’s also negatively affecting your ability to fall asleep and sleep soundly.

There are two main reasons for this. First, the stimulation of what we’re looking at on these screens keeps our mind racing instead of calm. Second, the blue light these screens emit actually suppresses melatonin production (see #1).
 
 

Stop Being Tired All the Time!

If you’re always tired, there could be quite a few reasons why – many of which may surprise you. Aside from not getting enough sleep, fatigue may be the result of your overall lifestyle. This includes what you eat, your ability to manage stress, and your level of physical activity.

Now that you know the various causes of feeling tired all the time, you can make smarter choices and start taking back control of your health!

All included information is not intended to treat or diagnose. The views expressed are those of the author and should be attributed solely to the author. For medical questions, please consult your healthcare provider.

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Kaitlin Vogel

Kaitlin has worked as a professional writer and editor in New York City for over seven years. Beyond her professional experience in journalism and psychology, it is her keen interest in personal development that has driven every one of her career decisions thus far. She's committed to creating content that matters.

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