SELF – 10 Health Issues That Can Make You So Damn Tired All the Time

There are a variety of common health issues that can make you tired, and fatigue can be debilitating, silently draining the precious energy you need to engage in life meaningfully. And getting enough sleep doesn’t always solve it.

If you are struggling with fatigue, and are getting enough rest, you may want to check with your doctor to get tested for common medical culprits. I was pleased to weigh in on this health round-up of the most common causes for fatigue.

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4. You might be depressed.

A huge part of depression is feeling helpless and hopeless, and that can drain your energy, licensed clinical psychologist Alicia H. Clark, Psy.D., tells SELF. Depression is often associated with changes to your sleep patterns, including sleeping more or experiencing insomnia (which can also make you tired). “If you aren’t sleeping well then you may be more tired, and in turn have more trouble sleeping,” Clark says. “Insomnia and mental health challenges are closely related and can exacerbate each other.” If you’re feeling fatigue alone, don’t assume it’s depression, but if you’re also having persistent feelings of sadness, low self-esteem, changes in appetite, and difficulty concentrating, talk to your doctor.

7. You could be suffering from anxiety.

Sure, everyone experiences some degree of anxiety on a regular basis, but clinical anxiety is persistent. And, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, it can leave you exhausted and plagued with sleep disturbances. “Anxiety in particular can be draining,” Clark says. If you suspect that you’re suffering from anxiety, it’s a good idea to reach out to a mental health professional for help.

Alicia H. Clark, PsyD