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It’s not just lack of sleep — here are some surprising reasons why you’re tired all the time

If you stagger through every day like a zombie, you’re likely not getting enough sleep. But that may not be the only reason why you can’t wake up.

A few simple tweaks to your lifestyle could be all it takes to give you the energy you need.

First, look at your diet. If you’re too reliant on sugar-laden and heavily processed foods, try eliminating some and replacing them with healthier options. Start here, as these foods will give you energy naturally, without caffeine or chemicals.

And don’t forget to drink water! Dehydration can also lead to fatigue. According to CheatSheet, you’ll know you’re taking in enough water when the color of your urine ranges from light yellow to clear.

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But if you’re eating well, drinking lots of water, and exercising (according to the Mayo Clinic, the average adult needs at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day), and you still can’t wake up, there may be a medical issue in play.

Two glands — thyroid and adrenal — can cause fatigue when they don’t function properly. Hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid, is behind a host of other health problems, including constipation, dry skin, excessive sweating, hair loss, weight loss, and memory troubles. If you have several of these symptoms in addition to feeling tired, it may be time to see a doctor.

The adrenal glands, which are located at the top of the kidneys, help the body control blood sugar levels, regulate blood pressure, and burn fat. Certain diseases of the adrenal glands, such as Cushing syndrome, can result in type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, irritability, headaches and, of course, severe fatigue. Again, check with your doctor if you suspect you’re having adrenal troubles.

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Insulin resistance is another possible cause of tiredness, not to mention a precursor to diabetes. When your body is insulin resistant, it stores sugar not in cells, where it can be used for energy, but in fat. A blood test can tell you whether your body is using blood sugar properly.

(H/T: CheatSheet)

Beth Sawicki About the author:
Beth Sawicki is a content editor at Rare. Email her at Beth@Rare.us.
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