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Also called Fatigue, Weakness, Low on energy, Sleepy


A feeling of tiredness can be described as feeling sleepy, weak, low on energy and lacking the motivation to perform daily activities. It can occur due to poor lifestyle habits, psychological factors or some underlying health conditions. Generally, it has been found that women report tiredness more often than men.

Tiredness can be acute and may be relieved with a good night’s sleep. However, when tiredness lasts for several weeks, it can lead to chronic fatigue. It is essential to seek medical care when tiredness starts interfering with day-to-day activities, as it may be a symptom of some underlying health condition. 

Along with medications to treat the underlying cause, alternative therapies play an important role in overcoming tiredness. These include meditation techniques, massage, yoga, ayurvedic and some home remedies.

Key Facts

Usually seen in
  • Adults above 65 years of age
Gender affected
  • Both men & women
Body part(s) involved
  • Whole body
Mimicking Conditions
  • Sleep apnea syndrome

  • Fibromyalgia

Specialists to consult
  • General physician

  • Urologist 

  • Diabetologist

  • Endocrinologist

  • Oncologist

  • Hematologist

  • Cardiologist

Symptoms Of Tiredness

Tiredness can happen to anyone. Tiredness in itself is a symptom best described as -

  • Feeling sleepy all the time.

  • Not having enough energy to perform routine activities.

  • Not feeling refreshed even after taking ample rest.

  • A lack of motivation or enthusiasm for day-to-day activities.

  • Feeling drained out or low on energy after performing simple tasks.

Tiredness may also be associated with other symptoms such as -

  • Headaches

  • Dizziness

  • Confusion

  • Mood-swings and irritability

  • Breathlessness

  • Muscle weakness and muscle aches

Causes Of Tiredness

There could be a number of causes which can cause tiredness. These are broadly classified as follows -

Lifestyle factors

  • Being jet-lagged

  • Alcoholism and chronic smoking

  • Drug abuse

  • Excess caffeine consumption

  • Increased workload

  • Heavy exercise

  • Poor diet and malnutrition

  • Dehydration

  • Rotating work shifts

  • Obesity

Psychological factors

  • Anxiety disorder or stress

  • Chronic depression

  • Eating disorders like anorexia nervosa

  • Increased stress due to circumstances like the loss of a loved one, unemployment, etc.

Health conditions

  • Anemia

  • Pregnancy

  • Vitamin D deficiency

  • Hypothyroidism

  • Diabetes Mellitus

  • Cancer and chemotherapy

  • Fever and infections

  • Sleep apnea syndrome

  • Heart diseases like ischemic heart disease, heart failure

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)

  • Arthritis

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Certain medications

Did you know chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) can decrease your daily activity levels by 40%.
Tired all the time? Do you feel tired even after getting a good night’s sleep? Well, this could be chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Your doctor will figure out which symptom is most problematic for you, try to treat that first. Also, you will need new ways to manage your daily activities. Make sure that you do not “push and crash”.
Did you know chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) can decrease your daily activity levels by 40%.

Risk Factors For Tiredness

You may be at risk for tiredness if you:

  • Have a poor lifestyle

  • Suffer from health disorders such as anemia

  • Are a woman

  • Are above 60 years of age

Furthermore, the National Institute on Aging lists the following lifestyle habits that can lead to tiredness and fatigue:

  • Staying up too late

  • Having too much caffeine

  • Drinking too much alcohol

  • Eating junk food

Diagnosis Of Tiredness

When tiredness becomes chronic and starts interfering with day-to-day activities significantly, it is essential to establish a cause for chronic tiredness or fatigue so that it may be appropriately treated. The doctor may ask detailed questions about your lifestyle, history of sleep and try to identify whether tiredness is due to lifestyle or psychological factors.

Along with a detailed history and physical examination, the following tests may be essential to determine if the tiredness is due to any underlying physical disorder:

Further testing or imaging studies may be essential if a diagnosis cannot be made on these preliminary tests.

Celebs affected

Varun Dhawan
Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan reportedly fainted on the sets of the Bollywood movie Super Dancer 3D due to fatigue and low blood pressure.
Meghan Markle
The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle had skipped a two-day royal tour of Zambia as she was suffering from fatigue during her pregnancy.

Prevention Of Tiredness

Most of the time, tiredness can be prevented by making changes in lifestyle and habits. While it is not possible to completely prevent tiredness arising out of health conditions, lifestyle changes may help in reducing the intensity of the symptoms.

Following lifestyle modifications can help prevent tiredness -

  • Take a wholesome diet rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals. Cut back on processed foods.

  • Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day, especially during the summer season.

  • Establish a sound sleep schedule. Do not sleep during the day.

  • Cut down on caffeinated beverages and alcoholic beverages.

  • Quit smoking.

  • Exercise daily, but do not over-exercise. Meditation or yoga can also help.

Specialist To Visit

When tiredness becomes chronic and interferes with basic day-to-day activities in a major way, it is essential to seek medical care. You may first consult with your family physician and in case of underlying health conditions, you may be referred to specialists such as -

  • Urologist

  • Endocrinologist

  • Oncologist

  • Hematologist 

  • Cardiologist 

Excessive tiredness can indicate a lot of health problems which can range from anemia and vitamin deficiencies to diabetes. Here's a detailed explanation on the common health problems that could lead to excessive tiredness and may require you to book an appointment at your doctor’s clinic.

Treatment Of Tiredness

In most cases, the treatment of tiredness is aimed at improving the diet and lifestyle of the patient. This includes eating a diet rich in nutrients, ensuring 8 hours of sleep, exercising to stay active and maintaining overall physical and mental well being. In some cases, psychological therapy is required to improve the symptoms if there is some underlying mental health issue. After evaluation, the doctor may recommend weekly or fortnightly charts to assess improvement in symptoms and change in treatment plan if required.


If these interventions fail to improve the condition, then a combination of lifestyle changes, diet modifications along with the use of medicines is recommended. Medications are usually required to treat the health condition that may be causing the symptoms of tiredness.

Home Care For Tiredness

If you are constantly tired, it is important to identify what is causing tiredness so that the cause may be addressed and treated accordingly. There are certain things you can do at home that may help combat tiredness -

1. Consume a wholesome and balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals.

2. Drink plenty of water, fluids like coconut water, buttermilk etc. throughout the day.

3. Do not engage in strenuous activities that may worsen your fatigue, especially if you have health conditions that are causing it.

4. Avoid daytime naps. It is better to get 8 hours of sound sleep at night instead of catching up on sleep in bits and parts.

5. Reduce excessive consumption of caffeinated drinks (especially in the evening) and alcohol. 

6. Quit smoking and recreational drugs.

Complications Of Tiredness

Tiredness may worsen and become so severe that it becomes difficult for the person to even get up from the bed to perform activities like grooming or visiting the bathroom. The person may become bedridden and completely dependent on caregivers.

Chronic Fatigue ≠ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
It is a complicated disorder that causes extreme and long-term fatigue, persisting for at least 6 months or more. It does not go away even after getting prolonged rest and sleep. This does not occur due to any underlying medical condition and is often considered to be imaginary.

Alternative Therapies Of Tiredness

Along with medical treatment for underlying health conditions, some alternative therapies can also help in overcoming the feeling of tiredness:

Diet and energy drinks: Consuming a balanced diet rich in essential nutrients and maintaining good hydration are excellent ways of providing energy to your body. Although coffee or other caffeinated drinks may boost energy levels in the morning, they must be consumed in moderation and not later in the day as they may interfere with the sleep schedule.

Meditation: Meditation can help channel and conserve the body’s energy. It may also help overcome fatigue and boost energy levels.

Massage: Gentle body massage has been known to promote relaxation and improve blood flow to various parts of the body. This may help rejuvenate the body and boost energy levels.

Psychotherapy: Counseling and psychotherapy can help when the feelings of tiredness arise from psychological conditions rather than physical disorders. Overcoming anxiety and depression may be the key to resolving the symptoms of tiredness and fatigue.

Exercise and yoga: Light exercises and yoga help boost the body's energy levels and are a great way of combating tiredness. However, care must be taken not to overdo the physical activities as it may lead to overexertion.

Yoga has been practiced since ages now. It offers several benefits to the body other than improving flexibility and posture. Here are a few yoga asanas that will help you fight fatigue and keep you refreshed.

Ayurveda: Certain ayurvedic herbs like Ginseng, Ashwagandha, Shatavari, Licorice, etc., may be useful in overcoming tiredness. 

Homeopathy: Homeopathic preparations like Cadmium Sulphuricum, Phosphorus, Lycopodium Clavatum, Nux Vomica, Calcarea Phosphorica, etc., have been found to be useful in combating fatigue due to cancer.

Living With Tiredness

Living with chronic tiredness and fatigue can be challenging and can hamper the quality of life of the patient. Simple day-to-day activities, like grocery shopping or going to work, or simple household tasks, like cooking and cleaning, may drain the energy of the patient and leave them exhausted. 


A tired individual may not get a sound sleep at night as they may be taking frequent naps throughout the day. A lack of a good night’s sleep may cause weariness, forcing one to nap again during the day. This leads to a vicious cycle and leaves the person even more fatigued. Certain health conditions that cause tiredness may also have other problematic symptoms that may lead to a poor quality of life.


Owing to our fast paced lifestyles and hectic schedules, we often find ourselves excessively tired throughout the day. Most of the time, excessive fatigue is a result of lack of exercise, inadequate diet, nutritional deficiencies, and lack of sleep. Here are some simple and effective ways to fight fatigue.

Frequently Asked Questions


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