Why Am I So Tired All The Time Even When I Get Enough Sleep?

Why Am I So Tired All The Time Even When I Get Enough Sleep?


You sleep like a baby, and it’s not as if your job is putting you through miles of cardio every day…

But still you feel tired!

Why am I so tired all the time even when I get enough sleep?

Here are the several things that could explain your sluggishness…

Fatigue Caused by Anemia

The exhaustion brought on by anemia is the result of a lack of red blood cells. These cells are responsible for transporting oxygen out of your lungs, and into the body’s important tissues and cells.

So how does anemia come about? Why is it affecting you all of a sudden?

Well, slow but steady iron or vitamin deficiency can be behind this medical condition – are you eating the right foods?

Injuries that could lead to blood loss or internal bleeding, also bring on anemia.

More serious medical issues like rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, or kidney failure can also be behind a bout of anemia.

So how do you know if you’ve got anemia, what are the symptoms to look out for?

Well first off the bat – you’ll be pretty tired (go figure!).

Other symptoms include extreme weakness, difficulty sleeping, lack of concentration, rapid heartbeat, chest pains, and headache.

Most types of simple exercise will absolutely exhaust you: walking down the street, even taking the stairs (both will result in a loss of breath).

Fatigue Caused by Anemia


Dehydration – Are You Drinking Enough Water?

This one actually caught my father (who’s 72) out!

We were worried about the state of his heart due to his extreme bouts of fatigue…but it turns out that a diet of mostly coffee, and red wine at night…is NOT good enough for the human body.

Let’s be honest – he’s old enough to know better! 🙂

Anyway, dehydration is no small matter; it can cause fatigue, lower back pain, bags under the eyes and anxiety, to name just a few symptoms.

He (my dad) made a few lifestyle changes – mainly by buying a mountain bike and drinking pints of water throughout the day…and it worked like a charm.

Experts say that even mild dehydration, brought on by simple daily activities, can alter a person’s mood, energy levels and memory function.

Are you drinking enough (plain) water every day?

Dehydration - Are You Drinking Enough Water?


Thyroid Disease

The Thyroid gland is often referred to as the ‘master gland’ because the hormones it secretes impact almost every bodily function.

The regulation of body temperature, your heart rate, how much protein you produce, metabolic rate and overall energy levels – are controlled by this ‘master gland’.

Thyroid disease may be the main cause behind your feelings of sluggishness, here are some of the more common symptoms:

  • fatigue
  • moodiness
  • muscle and joint pain
  • weight gain or loss
  • vision problems
  • poor work performance
  • changes in body temperature
  • changes in appetite

There are a handful of remedies linked to Thyroid disease, but we would obviously recommend a visit to your GP/doctor to find out which is the most suitable course of action for you!

Tiredness Due to Thyroid Disease


Weariness Caused By Emotional Stress

We all get a little stressed out from time to time – but did you know that this kind of emotional turmoil could be the key to why you are feeling so tired all of the time?

Emotional stress can play havoc with your energy levels, especially when/if this stress reaches point of an anxiety disorder or effects your sleeping patterns.

Emotional stress can be linked to your genetics, your diet, your lifestyle choices, poor gut health and individual brain chemistry.

Stress and anxiety are not to be treated lightly, they are currently the most common mental illnesses in the U.S.

Weariness Caused By Emotional Stress


Poor Choice of Diet

At this point in the article, you might have noticed that your choice of food has a say in how your energy levels balance out.

Your diet effects your hormone levels (causing imbalances), the quality of your sleep, your overall mood and current outlook on life, and your body’s neurotransmitter function (depression and anxiety).

Over the last couple of decades, the word ‘carboholic’ has started to pop up here and there, and is often linked to overall tiredness in health.

What is a carboholic?

Well, simply put – it’s someone that consumes way too many carbohydrates in their diet. Carboholic’s tend to feel tired more often than people who stick to a healthy, balanced diet.

You often find that individuals that overeat grains, refined carbs and sugary foods, tend to lack healthy fats, proteins and vegetables in their diet (all of which support ongoing energy).

Poor Choice of Diet Leading to Tiredness


Why Am I So Tired All The Time?

If you have any questions, thoughts or opinions on the subjects we have covered above, please feel free to use the comment section below.



Disclaimer: The writers on this site ARE NOT medical professionals. We simply research trustworthy sources and put together our own articles on subjects.

The articles sources we used for this post include 7 Reasons You’re Tired All The Time6 Medical Reasons Why You Might be Feeling Tired all the Time and Reasons You’re Always Tired.

20 thoughts on “Why Am I So Tired All The Time Even When I Get Enough Sleep?

  1. I am very much aware of anemia. It’s a condition I experience frequently. I really dread those periods. It feels like I’m always tired, rapid heartbeats like you mentioned, without doing anything really strenuous, sometimes I experience dizziness if I move too abruptly. Usually I have to take medications to help boost my blood level. Fruits help me too those times. But I wonder if anemia can be totally cured

    1. Hi Drian, 

      Not really too sure about a cure as such – have you visited a GP or doctor about your condition (as I am neither!). When I start suffering from unnatural tiredness I take a few supplements – usually Vit B complex and magnesium. 

  2. To be honest I really do feel quite tired a lot of the time, then when I am feeling good, i do the work I would normally fit in in two weeks, in just one day!   Thank you for your comments, I will definately watch what I am drinking and I will monitor what I eat.  In fact just today, I had some (dont shout) (chicken gougons) from the freezer and I felt awful afterwards.  

  3. I’m glad I ran into your article today. Although I haven’t been sleeping the best lately, I am too familiar with those days that I’m well rested but just feel tired all the time. you hit it right on the money with vitamin d and iron deficiency. About 3 months ago, I was wondering why i was feeling tired and fatigued for days on end. Come to see my doctor it was low iron and vitamin d from not enough sun light(living in Washington) can do that. Onto emotional stress, that has played a factor and I could see why it would cause me to feel the way I do some days. I had a poor diet the beginning of this year, and it releases havoc on my moods, and just change of behavior. I will no longer go back to that. I really learned a lot and gained more knowledge on what I knew. Thank you.

    1. Oh that’s great to hear Michael – I’m really glad the article resonated with you and was able to teach you a few things along the way! 

  4. What an excellent website!  I think you have listed almost every ailment I have, from the fatigue to the restless nights.  I never realized that these issues were so common, and could be treated naturally!   My son never drinks enough water, and he has headaches almost every night… Do you think dehydration could be causing his headaches?  

    Everyone needs to be aware of these common issues in most of our lives, and the natural ways to solve them.  Thank you, Chris, for sheading the light on so many problems.  I will bookmark this page for my boys!    Clay

    1. Hi Clay,

      Well your son sounds exactly the same as my dad – he only ever drinks coffee or red wine…then complains about headaches (god knows what it’s doing to his liver!). 

      Yes, I believe that your son will get rid of the headaches if he drinks more water.

  5. This is very often happens to me but I think that it is because I don’t like to drink a lot of water throughout the day. I even heard that we need to drink up to 2 liters per day. Is that rally true? I often drink 2 cups a day and other drinks that I consume are in most cases juices.

  6. I remember having anemia as a teenager. It wasn’t fun, especially when you had to concentrate on exams at school.  Luckily I grew out of that.

    Nowadays if I am tired I know exactly why. It is from stress when I get too busy, then my mind works overtime at night and I can’t sleep.

    I feel very sorry for chronically tired people, who are tired all the time and can’t get cured. I know a lot of them, and reading your article, it could maybe be a combination of a couple of the things that you mentioned.

    What is the most common cause? Maybe Anemia, as you put that one first?

    1. The most common cause is a really hard question to answer Michel, but if I had to put my own opinion out there…I would say it’s lack of exercise!

      I know it sounds stupid, but introducing exercise into your life will give you more oomph in the long run, and help you fall asleep more naturally. 

      Just my 10 cents! 🙂

  7. At least in this post you can have a wide list of what are the causes of fatigue, it´s good that through these websites people tried to help others understand possibly some symptoms you have and then already confirm with your personal doctor.

    My wife had a tiredness every day and she got sick continuously, at the end after some studies it turns that she didn´t have any vitamin C in her body and that was the main cause of tiredness and continuous illnesses.

    So thanks for sharing this information.

  8. I can really relate to the hydration factor as we had the same problem with my 84 year old grandfather !

    He is so stubborn he wasn’t drinking any water through the summer and was drinking Tea and the  odd whiskey.

    He’s sulking now because he has been told he had to change his eating habits as well! 

    With regards to anemia I personally suffer from adrenal fatigue and I appreciate it’s not the same condition the symptoms are extremely similiar. 

    I found by eating healthily and getting the proper rest along with plenty of water it’s gelped a great deal. Many health problems can be prevented if people are healthily and exercised I feel. What is to your opinion? 

    1. 100% agree with you there Darren, especially with the exercise side of things. I try and run every day, even when I have a hangover (like I have this morning!!!!)  🙂

  9. This is such an interesting post and something I’m a bit familiar with. I work in a diagnostic centre and your first point ‘anemia’ struck me. We have a high number of candidates, especially women and young girls, who suffer from anemia. Either they have a severe Vitamin B12 or Vitamin D deficiency. Further, in my place, the women folk are more predisposed to suffering from hemoglobin E Trait disease. My wife suffers from this Hb E Trait ailment and her hemoglobin levels are mostly on the lower side. Your mention of the thyroid problem is also commendable. But of all the causes, I particularly find the fatigue caused by emotional stress the most interesting. It’s such a real problem and something that mostly go unnoticed. I really love the charts you have used in your post. They are very useful and especially the natural treatment part. Thanks for a wonderful article.

  10. I remember that there were some moments when I asked myself: “why do I feel so tired. It’s not normal”. I’ve just realized that I still don’t drink enough water. Maybe that was the reason. My dad warned me about the danger of being dehydrated (especially for the kidneys). I wonder if being dehydrated can cause problem to sleep too…

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