Reasons for being tired

“I am so tired”. How often do you hear it from your partner, child, work colleague or friends? Fatigue and tiredness are a common problem and there are many possible causes for it. When you analyse the reasons, firstly it is important to rule out medical conditions, as fatigue often accompanies illness. Fatigue can be physiological and occur after non-restorative sleep, unusual effort, or due to lack of exercise, seasonal change, or inadequate diet. Fatigue can also be mental and manifest as anxiety, stress and demotivation.

Let’s look at some most common types of fatigue and its symptoms.

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Fatigue at work

You may often feel tired and it might be work-related. Even though you enjoy your job, sometimes you cannot break free from it. Taking work home, problems with managing pressure, drinking too much coffee or having a rushed lunch - all of these can be the cause of your tiredness. The symptoms of work-related fatigue include: trouble with focusing, being absent-minded, drop in efficiency, being irritable and antisocial.

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Fatigue after sports.

Being physically active is good for your health. However, when you exercise your body nutritional needs grow. If you don’t provide your body with enough nutrients, this might lead to imbalance which can be a cause for the fatigue and extreme tiredness. For example, magnesium and iron are two essential minerals which are responsible for energy production.  Other reasons might be: lack of hydration before, during and after sports, unsuitable hours of training or overtraining. The symptoms of fatigue after sports can show themselves as: muscular asthenia, cramps or difficulty to recover.

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Seasonal fatigue.

This is often experienced in autumn and winter. You can blame the lack of vitamin D for your exhaustion. You don’t spend enough time outdoors so your skin doesn’t get a chance to absorb enough sunlight enabling the body to produce vitamin D. Also, during winter months your habits change, your pace of life slows down, you might not get enough fresh fruits and vegetables to boost your body with vitamins and minerals. This is all normal. However, if you experience symptoms like: unusual lack of enthusiasm for recreational activities, avoiding social outings, lack of energy or falling ill as soon as it starts getting cold, you might be suffering from seasonal fatigue.

The reasons for fatigue and tiredness described above are linked either to your lifestyle, seasonal conditions or specific circumstances, and can be influenced through some changes and adjustments. However, there is also a condition called chronic fatigue syndrome, which can lasts years and can make you tired permanently. Those who suffer from it feel overwhelmingly exhausted and while the disease lasts, it deprives you of vitality, strength and energy. The person is too tired to carry out their normal activities and is easily exhausted for no apparent reason. The other symptoms are:

  • general pain, muscle and joint pain,
  • mental fatigue, anxiety and depression,
  • frequent infections,
  • dizziness and
  • decrease in libido.

There is no single cause of this disease and the number of factors involved can be multiple. It can be triggered by a viral illness such as cold or flu or a stressful event. This disease can be accompanied by a flu-like illness which causes sleep dysfunction. Lack of sleep doesn’t allow the body to recover which in turn can lead to a decrease in the absorption of nutrients.

There are some simple solutions for fighting common tiredness.

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Following a regular bedtime routine and sleeping minimum of 7-9 hours can help your body recharge and wake up full of energy every day.

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Healthy diet.

If you want to fight off this constant tiredness, you’d better enrich your diet in lots of fruits and vegetables which contain necessary vitamins and minerals. In winter choose foods rich in vitamin D. People who exercise a lot, should boost their body with minerals like magnesium and iron. If you need more energy, look for B vitamins sources. However, even if you think you are eating healthily, you still might be lacking some vitamins and minerals. Some fruits and vegetables are only seasonal and they contain different levels of nutrients. In that case Supradyn Energy multivitamin might be a perfect solution for you. It has been designed to beat fatigue and tackle nutritional gaps so you can feel strong and healthy everyday. It works from the first intake* and can be taken daily, before or after breakfast. Supradyn Energy multivitamin tablets is a complete high dose formula with clinically proven results.

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People often say that they are too tired to exercise. However, it’s been proven that being active can help you release more energy. If you don’t fancy long runs or exhausting gym sessions, even a 15-minute walk can help you in fighting fatigue.

Supradyn multivitamin supplement can help recharge energy levels and together with medical treatment, supportive therapies and lifestyle changes can play an important role in helping to relieve fatigue. 

If you are still feeling tired and you think nothing is helping you, maybe you should consult the doctor and check if there is an underlying medical condition. 

* Kennedy DO, Stevenson EJ, Jackson PA, et al. Multivitamins and minerals modulate whole-body energy metabolism and cerebral blood-flow during cognitive task performance: A double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial. Nutr Metab (Lond). 2016;13:11.