When you visit your doctor and complain of feeling tired all the time, the first things they’ll often check is whether you are anaemic or have a thyroid disorder. However, other than just these two, there might be other medical reasons as to why you are tired all the time. One reason is that you could have pre-diabetes or diabetes.
Depression too causes one to feel low and unwell. If you feel like you’re tired all the time, don’t want to get out of bed in the morning and/or have trouble sleeping, you could be suffering from depression. It could also be because of food sensitivity. “If you’re eating poorly, especially a lot of processed foods, the gut cells can become a looser, net-like structure instead of a tight structure and proteins that aren’t supposed to be in our bloodstream leak into our bloodstream, which creates an inflammatory response,” said Dr Shah, MD. The inflammatory response can manifest as bloating, fatigue, moodiness, headaches, or weight gain. If you have food sensitivities (to foods like wheat and dairy) you can feel fatigued, get rashes, and experience bloating or brain fog too!
Also, “Adrenal fatigue isn’t a Western medicine term, it’s a functional medicine term, and a lot of Western doctors don’t recognize it as a medical (issue),” said Dr Shah. Circumstances can push your stress hormones high and then eventually leave you exhausted and depleted, like a bank account that you’re overdrawing on and not putting money back into. Doctors will often check for chronic infection as a cause of fatigue can be due to infections too. You might also have sleep apnea. If you have sleep apnea, your throat starts to close when you’re asleep, which is why people with the condition tend to snore. At the worst, heart failure too can cause being tired all the time. Your body will start to bring blood away from body tissues so it can keep vital organs fully supplied. With less blood in your leg muscles, even everyday activities can feel exhausting.
If you feel any of the above, we suggest that you visit a doctor as soon as possible.