Fatigue is a very common complaint among adults. That concern is understandable, as not having energy or stamina robs us of a lot of joy in life and limits our daily productivity.

Here are some reasons (some not so obvious) why we struggle through the day:

  • Lack of high-quality, restful sleep (not just hours in bed). This includes interrupted or fitful sleep, or could be due to inadequate blood oxygen during sleep, most commonly from sleep apnea, often associated with snoring
  • A diet that is not energizing, perhaps too high in carbs, fat, or alcohol
  • Lack of regular physical activity, which could be exercise, but can include other forms of activity
  • Side effects of medications, prescription or non-prescription
  • Caffeine withdrawal, if you are accustomed to caffeine
  • Anemia, not always due to iron deficiency
  • Hypothyroid (underactive thyroid)
  • Various heart and lung conditions (a reduction of oxygen in the blood causes fatigue)
  • Depression
  • Chronic stress or anxiety
  • Excess body weight
  • Undiagnosed pain or chronic medical conditions
  • Overcommitting to work or activities

Some believe vitamins can make up for lost sleep or lack of exercise; however, they cannot. Whatever is missing needs to be addressed head-on. Sometimes we tend to put up with feeling tired, but it usually does not have to be that way.

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