It doesn’t matter if I get “enough” sleep. I’m still tired during the day. Why?
- Allergies make me tired.
- Anxiety makes me tired.
- Borderline anaemia makes me tired.
- Chronic sinus infections make me tired.
- Hypothyroidism makes me tired
- Rheumatoid arthritis makes me tired.
Even some of the medications treating these various ailments make me tired.
I strictly don’t drink any caffeine after 5PM, and I only have 1-3 cups of tea a day anyway. I can’t drink coffee because it makes me sick to my stomach. Sodas are too sugary for me (and too chemical-y). I take a complex B vitamin daily anyway because of my mostly-vegetarian diet. I’m not a fan of naps because they tend to just make me really groggy. Taking a walk outside helps only so long that I’m outside (and away from pollinating plants).
Yes, I know: I work a lot. Being a PhD student and having a part time job is exhausting. Maybe if I worked less I’d be less tired… that’s the Holy Grail for once I submit my thesis, anyway!
I think I’ve been complaining of chronic tiredness since I was age 13. This is just another round to that age-old complaint. Now back to your regularly scheduled programming. 🙂