Why am I tired all the time?

This question is most commonly asked by teens and middle aged people. It has motivated people to invent, create, produce, sell and consume on a mass scale many of the common products many of us use frequently. What you say are those? Coke, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, Mountain Dew, Starbucks, Peet's, 5-hour Energy, Rockstar, Red Bull, Chai Tea, the list goes on for dozens of products.

Why ARE you tired every day?

Reason #1: Your batteries aren't charged and you are trying to squeeze every bit of energy from them. My teenage patients often say all their friends live fine on 4 hours of sleep so what can't they? My answer is that every person has a different outlet for the built up steam. Some people are just blessed with rapid charging batteries. Most however, are struggling in one form or another. They may not realize how tired they feel but have physical symptoms including headaches, dizziness, stomach aches, and various other forms of physical symptoms. Some may have behavioral symptoms such as depression, increased anxiety, anger outbursts, trouble paying attention or concentrating on their work.

In fact, Reason #2 and 3 are also the same as above.

All the rest come down later on the list including anemia, high blood pressure, thyroid problems, diabetes, heart or liver problems and many other physical ailments.

So, you say, what do I mean by charging your batteries?

Sleep charges our batteries. Its job is to do the housekeeping work for the body and mind. It processes and organizes memories, manages body functions including blood pressure, blood sugar, fat content, energy and metabolism.

Problems with the duration or restfulness of sleep prevent the batteries from being fully charged. Not enough sleep, sleep apnea, insomnia and many sleep problems are included.

When will we start recognizing this fact as vital to our lives?

I feel we all need gentle reminders. So, be reminded dear reader!