Tired all the time? This might be why

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Constantly exhausted? Look out for these telltale signs that something serious is amiss.
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From Netdoctor

Dog-tired all the time and don't know what to do about it? If you find yourself pressing the snooze button every morning and battling the post-lunch slump every afternoon, you're not alone. But while it's normal to feel a bit sleepy every now and then, if you're constantly fighting the urge to drop into a deep and dreamless slumber, then something with your health could be amiss.

We spoke to Dr Kat Lederle, Head of Sleep Health at Somnia, about battling exhaustion and what constant tiredness really says about your health:

Why are you tired all the time?

Frequently feeling tired for long periods of time takes its toll, and can affect your mental health, your physical health and your quality of life. But for most of us, a good night's sleep is all it takes for our energy levels to be restored. However, if rest and a holiday don't fix it, something could be up with your health. If you're not sure, it's important that you seek help sooner rather than later.

Here are 13 key reasons why you might feel tired all the time and when to seek help:

1. Burn-out

If you feel like you're permanently running on empty, you could be suffering from burn-out. The World Health Organisation (WHO) now recognises burn-out as a medical condition, defining it as a syndrome resulting from chronic workplace stress.

'Sleep is a basic human health behaviour that everybody needs in order to perform during the waking hours,' says Dr Lederle. 'All animals show a rest-activity rhythm. Without downtime, the body is unable to repair and restore its functions. What follows are physical and mental illnesses and health problems.'

To sidestep burn-out include more downtime in your daily routine and set aside some time for rest and relaxation.

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2. Poor diet

The old adage "you are what you eat" rings true, as both being overweight and also not eating enough calories can contribute to flagging…
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