Tired all the time?
These non-sleep related conditions may be the cause of your fatigue.
Also known as having a low red blood cell count, anemia can cause fatigue, shortness of breath, and headaches. Anemia can be mild or severe, but both should be treated. A blood test can reveal if you are anemic. Common causes are deficiencies in iron, folate or vitamin B12.
The foods you choose
Not eating enough, and eating the wrong foods (highly processed and sugary foods such as donuts) won’t provide the nutritional fuel you need to power through the day, which can lead to feeling tired.
The thyroid gland makes a hormone that affects metabolism and is involved with how the body converts energy from food. Hypothyroidism is the medical term for an underactive thyroid. When food metabolizes too slowly, the result can be fatigue.
It’s commonly thought of as a mental and emotional disorder, but
depression also has physical symptoms, including headache, loss of appetite and fatigue. Depression is one of the most common disorders and can happen at any age. In older adults, depression can occur in tandem with other serious chronic conditions.
Urinary tract infections
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are among the most common infections. Women are more likely to get them, but men, especially as they get older, are more prone to UTIs. While burning and itching upon urination are the most typical symptoms, older adults are more likely to feel tired, shaky, weak, and have muscle aches.
Not getting enough fluids can lead to fatigue. While the general rule of thumb has been eight-ounce glasses of water per day, it may be different for you. If you sweat a lot, you will need more. There are many other medical conditions such as heart and lung diseases, diabetes, and fibromyalgia, as well as medications that can cause fatigue.