February 27, 2019

Why You Always Feel Tired

Sleep

You’re at work, trying to complete the seemingly endless list of tasks you have, and you feel your eyelids get heavier with each minute. You make plans, book a dance or pottery class, or just try to stay up for some quality #Netflix time, but you opt out in favour of your bed. No matter what you do, you just always feel so darn tired.

You’re not alone. According to the CDC, around 11% of men reported feeling tired or very tired most days. For women? That number climbs to 15%.

So what gives? Why are so many of us so exhausted all. the. time? Turns out, there are many factors that can contribute to fatigue.

Illness

Some medical conditions like many autoimmune diseases can leave you feeling perma-exhausted. Even short-term illness like a cold or flu can affect you for quite some time. It’s best to see your doctor if you’re feeling chronic fatigue to rule out any medical issues that require treatment.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes you stop breathing temporarily while you sleep. This prevents you from entering deep sleep, and can also prevent your body from getting enough oxygen. When you’re not getting deep sleep or enough air, you never feel fully rested. Sleep apnea is a serious condition that needs to be diagnosed and treated by your doctor.

Insomnia

We talked about factors that influence sleep in a previous post. If you struggle with falling and staying asleep, it’s worth a read! Things like anxiety and poor sleep hygiene can really affect your sleep, and addressing those issues can make a world of difference.

Parenting

Do you have children? Mystery solved.

Just kidding—well, kind of. Children, especially when they’re really young, can put quite the strain on your slumber. They tend to wake up every few hours which, while perfectly normal for them, feels exhausting for you. Influencing your brain into Delta wave range (using binaural beats) in between kid wake ups may help you to feel more rested.

Too Little Sleep

This may feel obvious, but so many of us simply don’t devote enough time for sleeping. Most adults need 7-9 hours of Zs per night. If you’re not achieving that, you’re likely to feel far more tired during the day. Setting a sleep schedule can be really helpful, as can using binaural beats to help your brain calm down and enter the sleep stages faster.

Not Entering Deep Sleep

Quality sleep requires that you stay in each sleep stage for the right amount of time. Unfortunately, distractions like noise or an uncomfortable bed, conditions like sleep apnea, or frequently waking up can prevent you from entering or staying in deep sleep. Since this is the stage where reparation and refreshment happens, skipping this stage can have consequences on your energy levels.

Zenfully’s binaural beats (can you tell we really like them?) can coax your brain into the Delta wave stage associated with deep sleep, so you can feel refreshed in the morning.

Feeling rested and, in turn, energetic is a life changer. If you’re part of the many who feel chronically tired, it’s worth to investigate what’s causing it. When you know the source, you can take the steps you need to for better energy in your day. Now—go to bed!