How to stop being tired all the time

Some people I know are tired all the time. It really gets to them. They are cranky and unproductive. However it could be something more serious. If you are tired all the time check out these tips.

Why am I tired?

The first thing you need to do is establish exactly why you are tired. Although this sounds simple on paper, it is often the hardest part of the journey.

There are so many reason why you might be tired and, of course, you should see your doctor if it lasts for a long time. However, here are some of the main reasons why you might be tired all the time:

1 – You don’t sleep enough

This is the obvious one. If you are out partying and working late then you probably aren’t getting enough sleep.

2 – Not enough quality sleep

The word quality here is the key. You might get nine hours of sleep but that sleep might be interrupted, restless and so on. More on this later.

3 – You are stressed

Sometimes the very act of being stressed makes you tired even if you are getting enough sleep. Stress affects the body in many more ways then people care to admit so it is important to check yourself and see how stressed you are.

4 – You are overdoing it

Many people these days over do it with work and social lives and so on. See if that is you.

5 – Your sleep is not consistent

I work early mornings on a few days a week and I find this really gets to me as it is not a consistent daily wake up time. Experts agree that one of the best ways to avoid being tired is to wake up at the same time everyday, even on weekends.

How much sleep should I get?

This is the magic question that is really NOT THAT IMPORTANT. For years people have been spouting the ‘you need 8 hours a day’ speech but it is completely not true.

The fact of the matter is, everyone needs different amounts of sleep. I can happily get up and do a full day on 6 hours sleep while my partner cannot function without 9 hours. We are just different.

The key is to make sure you know how much sleep you need. Don’t worry about what others tell you, look at your own experience and go with it.

The most important things you can do to stop being tired

The amount of sleep isn’t as important as the following key tips that you need to implement if you want to be less tired.

It is usually what you do when you are awake that dictates how well you sleep.

1 – What do you do before bed?

If you have trouble sleeping then check what you are doing before you go to sleep. Is it study or sex? Meditation or party?

2 – Cut out all coffee, chocolate and alcohol before bed

My doctor once told me that these three foods are the worst thing you can have if you have troubles with sleeping. The coffee especially upsets your stomach and it creates a very active environment in your body and mind.

This is one of the most important tips because it can dictate the quality of your sleep. Cut out these foods after lunch for a week and I bet you start feeling more awake.

3 – Exercise everyday

If you exercise you tire yourself out and this helps you get to sleep.

Exercise will also release a lot of chemicals into your blood that are relaxing and create many good feelings – all of which help with sleep.

4 – Lose weight

If you are overweight then you can bet your house on the fact that it is that which is causing you to be tired. Fat puts an amazing amount of stress on your body and it really can affect how well you sleep.

I have an overweight friend who was recently diagnosed with sleep apnea and told that 10% of his brain had been damaged through a lack of oxygen when he sleeps. This was all because he was fat. In high school he was always sleeping in class, tired during sport and so on. If you are overweight and tried then go see your doctor. You might need to lose a bit of weight to improve your sleep. You might need to lose a bit of weight to save your life!

5 – Stop worrying

My dad owns a big company and I remember him coming home from work and sitting down and doing more work at dinner. Then he would do some more work, watch the news, and then try and go to sleep. I’d get up during the night to go to the toilet and he would be on the couch watching late night commercials because he couldn’t sleep. I wonder why!

If you are a hard worker during the day then you will be a hard worker during the night. You need to find a way to slow down and relax your mind once work has finished. Leave it at the office.

6 – Power nap Da Vinci style

Leo Da Vinci was said to have slept for no more than 20 minutes at a time a few times a day. He said it was this that allowed him to work on all his genius ideas. I have tired it and it seems as though 20 minutes after work is worth a whole lot at night.

How to know if your sleep patterns are dangerous

A good way to test and see whether your tiredness could be dangerous to others is if you are tired and unable to focus when you should be. For example, if you are in a business meeting where you need to pay close attention and all of a sudden you realize you haven’t been listening for the last few minutes then you should do something about it.


A lack of sleep can be annoying or really dangerous. Make sure you talk to your doctor if your sleep patterns are really getting to you. Remember though, you can change it.

About Katie

Katie has transformed her body from a flabby 186lbs, to a fit & toned 124 pounds through healthy diet and exercise. Katie joined the Lean Curves team in 2007 and has posted hundreds of articles on fitness, fat loss and healthy eating.


  1. weight loss says:

    Sleeping has been one of the biggest problem I have had this last year and had no idea what was wrong. Thank you for these tips as I might be able to get some sleep now.

  2. RT says:

    I know what you mean. I’m glad these tips helped.

  3. Shirley Wescott says:

    My 44yr.old daughter sleeps well at night ,but when she sit down with in 5 min. she is a sleep for hours .she works and says she feels fine when working .but when she get home all she want to do is sleep ,no children at home no housework, she has asked her dr. and like most dr. no answer for her i`am hoping you can help . do you think vitamanb12 would help her ? she needs someones help!

  4. emmy says:

    i felt like that for 3years than i was ok for 2 years and then had a operation and felt ill again for 2 years i was coming home from work and straight to bed and when i woke in the morning i was still tired it turned out i had M.E chronic fatigue syndrome it took the doctor 6 years to diagnose and this is only because i change doctor other signs are muscle and joint pain, but with no swelling
    fatigue that lasts more than 24 hours after exercise or exertion at a level that you usually used to be able to manage without feeling tired
    forgetfulness, memory loss, confusion, or difficulty concentrating
    sleep disturbances – waking up feeling tired or unrested or having trouble getting to sleep
    flu-like symptoms
    Other symptoms that are sometimes present in CFS/ME include:

    feeling faint or problems with balance
    painful glands in your neck or armpits
    a sore throat
    feeling sick
    mood swings
    hope this help

  5. Niamh says:

    I get 8 hours sleep or more a night. Sometimes I can sleep solid for 12 hours. The problem is that when i wake up I still feel tired and groggy. It takes me about an hour or two each morning to wake up. Could it be that I am over-sleeping.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    I was very tired as soon as I would hit the bed I would be out like a lite,then I would wake up in the morning just as tired as I was when I went to sleep, I had seen a doctor and had a blood test done, It turned out that I was b12 anemia and had the shots and since then I feel fine

  7. amuse says:

    How do you get a Doctor to take chronic fatigue syndrome

  8. maryam says:

    i’ve been sooo sleepy all the time, when i open my books to study im out in a minute and i get headaches from being so tired and im very crancky. It really has made my life really dull, but i think its due to stress because i stress ALOT! im a ball of stress and anxiety and my doctor said that it is partially because of my low blood sugar, so that can also be the reason for tiredness, the best way to fix low blood sugar is to distribute small meals throughout the whole day rather than have 3 big meals

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  10. June Sky says:

    I have battled with feeling tired all of the time to the point of not being able to do certain tasks. I was getting plenty of exercise, I ate right, and got 8 plus hours of sleep a night. When I finally went to my doc she found that I had severly low Vitamin D levels which can result in the fatique. After a few intense weeks of bulking up on vitamin D, I now take a daily supplement that helps.

  11. virginia says:

    i feel tired immediately when i sit infront of the computer at work

  12. Cindy says:

    I have been having troble sleeping i wake up in the morning and i feel so tired dosent matter how long i sleep for by lunch time i feel energetic again, by 3-4 a clock i feel tired again and then by about 8- midnight i feel energetic. i carnt fall asleep i lay in bed for hours. and then the same process, i constanatly yawning all day but for some reason i dont fell tired people say ah are you tired i say ” no i just yawn all the time” I work in aged care and people think i should be in dementa because i forget everything even at home i feel so confused or even sometimes stupid for it. I read all of the information i do exercise and eat good. I go to the doctor and they dont care they just want you to hurry out the door because they have another patient waiting what should i do please help????

  13. Jane says:

    I can relate to a lot of the comments listed. For years I have suffered with been tired and sleeping all the time it has to stop it is really pathetic such a waste of life. I sleep well at night, at work I am tired but dont fall asleep come home sit down and away we go. I can sleep well at night get up yawn for England and nod off all day if not working. When I finish work I can sleep for a good two hours then I have to make an effort (which it is) to make tea for my family.

  14. brendan murphy says:

    I work as a diviner and I test houses for Geopathic Stress, this is a type of radiation that effects sleep. During sleep your body has different tasks it needs to complete one of them is cell mitosis, this is the first stage of sleep. What Geopathic Stress does is it slows down or sometimes completely stops this work from happening, which means that you do not get enough REM sleep and it is this part of sleep that you reach your deep sleep. After this your pineal gland secretes your hormones and then finally you reach your dream sleep then you wake up.
    If you are sleeping over Geopathic Stress your body does not reach the REM sleep because the GS blocks the electric impulses that the brain transmits to the cells which tell them to divide therefore when you wake you still feel tired, this is only the first symtom because if your body does not regenerate then the part of the body that is exposed to the GS will be weak and prone to injury and disease.
    A simple test is sleep in a different room or even better if you can stay in a friends house for a few nights and see if you feel better in the morning when you wake, also did your problems start shortly after your moved into your home approximately two years as it will take this long to break down your immune system.
    I hope this helps some of your readers.

  15. Fatimah Nachiar says:

    I am 51yrs old and already menopause 10yrs ago…not natural menopause.but operation and had remove my womb…now days i sweat alot and hardly sleep at body heaty..and sweat always roll down from my head…i don not know why.

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