Tiredness and Fatigue
Feeling exhausted is so common that it has its own acronym, TATT, which stands for “tired all the time”.
We all feel tired from time to time. The reasons are usually obvious and include:
- too many late nights
- long hours spent at work
- a baby keeping you up at night
But tiredness or exhaustion that goes on for a long time is not normal and can affect your ability to get on and enjoy your life.
Unexplained tiredness is one of the most common reasons for people to see their GP.
Some reasons you could be feeling tired might be:
- Not getting enough exercise.
Sitting in one position for long periods of time can sap your energy, even if you’re watching the TV or using the computer. Your body equates the stillness with going to sleep.
- Poor posture
A lot of your energy goes on keeping you upright. Your spine can be put out of alignment by bad posture, such as:
-lumping in your seat
-cradling your phone
The more out of balance your spine is, the more your muscles have to work to compensate.
- Constant Worrying
If you’re fretting about something all day long, your heart rate and blood pressure rise, and your muscles tighten, leading to fatigue and aches.
Try: setting aside some time to concentrate on your worries. Try to think of positive solutions, then put the worries out of your mind.
- Exercising too much
Regular exercise is good for you, but working out intensively every day may not be good for your energy levels, especially if you’re a beginner or trying to get back in shape.
Try: taking a day off between strenuous bouts of exercise. However, don’t leave more than 2 or 3 days between sessions, or you might fall out of the regular exercise habit.