10 Mar 2017

Why am I always tired?

Do you wake up every morning begging, ‘Oh please, just one more hour!’? Hit ‘snooze’ on your alarm repeatedly? Do you find yourself going to bed earlier each night thinking that if you just get an extra hour of sleep, you'll be ready to face the morning? You’re not alone. As many as 30% of Australians feel frequently fatigued1. Why is everyone always so tired?

The truth is, there are countless reasons why you could be tired, and it's completely natural to go through the list trying to figure it out. At first you think that maybe you just stay up too late, and adjust your bedtime. Then someone tells you that electronic screens have a negative affect on sleep, so you stop watching TV and put the phone or iPad away earlier in the hope of clearing your mind before bed.

When that doesn't work, you may examine your lifestyle, exercise and eating habits, the amount of stress at work or at home. In the end, all you have to show for it is more exhaustion. So you begin telling yourself, "That's just what happens when people age," and you may even start taking melatonin or even a prescription sleeping pill in hopes of getting that elusive good night's sleep.

In some cases, the reason is Sleep Apnea. Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder in which you either repeatedly stop and start breathing, or have very shallow breath, while sleeping. This can occur hundreds of times each night (sometimes without you even knowing it) ruining your sleep quality2.

The most common symptoms of sleep apnea are:

  • daytime fatigue
  • heavy snoring
  • poor memory / concentration
  • insomnia
  • morning headaches
  • waking up unrefreshed

Sleep apnea is treatable. It starts with a sleep test that can be completed right in the comfort of your own home. The test will help to identify the reasons for your breathing problems. It will measure things like: level of snoring, oxygen levels, frequency of apneas and sleeping positions. The results of the test are given to a sleep physician who will analyse the results and issue a recommendation for treatment.

Everyone deserves a good night's sleep, so don't give up. There are solutions that can help. Start by downloading our free eBook 8 Ways to Get a Better Night’s Sleep and learn simple tips and techniques that will help you get a better night’s rest.

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References

  1. Centre for Work and Life: Work Hours, Fatigue and Work Life Strain. http://www.unisa.edu.au/Research/Centre-for-Work-Life/Our-research/Completed-research-projects/Work-hours-fatigue-and-work-family-strain/
  2. Sleep Apnea. Mayo Clinic http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sleep-apnea/basics/definition/con-20020286