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Reasons Why You're So Tired But Can't Sleep

By Genevieve Cunningham

Every adult in America (and probably the world!) understands the feeling of fatigue. It seems that the older we get, the more tired we become. It never seems to end. For most of us, dealing with exhaustion is just part of experiencing life. We drink some coffee, rub the sleep from our eyes, and get on with the day. But what if we didn't have to feel this way every day? What if we could change our habits to get more sleep and feel better? If you're tired but can't sleep, take a look at these possible causes and some solutions to try today.

You're Too Busy

Being busy is good. It means you're participating in life, and that can be good for both mental and physical health. But being too busy can actually be detrimental to health. It makes us stressed and overwhelmed and exhausted. If you've been too busy lately, then you may have developed trouble sleeping. If you're exhausted but can't seem to sleep, take a look at your schedule first.

You're Stressed

Everyone is stressed. It just so happens that some are much more stressed than others. And stress is draining. Stress can make you fatigued, but because your mind is constantly moving with worry, it's hard to fall asleep. Stress is tough on health and sleep, so if you're having trouble with sleep, notice how much stress you're under so that you can make a plan.

You're Not Active

Activity is crucial for multiple functions of our body. It helps with body weight, metabolism, digestion, concentration  and of course, sleep! If you're not getting any sleep, it's possible that you're not active enough. You need regular exercise, but you also need general activity throughout the day. If you're not getting enough movement, it's almost guaranteed that your sleeping habits -- and life in general -- are going to suffer.

Tips for Getting Sleep

  • Set a bedtime - Your body needs a schedule, and a bedtime will give it one

  • Lower stress at night - Take a hot shower, exercise, or read a book. Do whatever you need to in order to lower stress

  • Get exercise - You have to get up and move. Pick an activity that you enjoy, and do it every day

  • Ask for help - If you can't improve your sleep on your own, don't be afraid to ask your doctor for advice

If you're not getting enough sleep, you should make changes in your life and routine to help you. It's not OK to be constantly fatigued. Use these tips to get some rest, and you may notice your health, mood, and life improve in no time at all.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Thornton, Colo.

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