Being ‘tired all the time’ isn’t normal, and yet many people dismiss it as being just a case of ‘getting older’. Sometimes there may be an underlying medical problem (such as an under-active thyroid, or diabetes) that’s causing the fatigue, but lifestyle also plays a big role.
Drinking too much alcohol in an evening may make you sufficiently tired that you will fall asleep, but then it may lead to wakefulness later into the night.
On the flip side, too much caffeine can lead to feeling both tired and wired.
Exercise is incredibly important to our wellbeing and our recovery, and it positively impacts how we sleep. Contrary to common expectations, exercise is energising if you’re feeling tired, not energy-draining, so get moving – even if you don’t initially feel like it.
Not getting enough good quality sleep leads to fatigue, and many of us fail to achieve enough regular, good-quality sleep. We know from studies that adults need at least 7 hours good-quality sleep, and there is much we can go to ensure a good night’s rest.