Are You Tired?

These past few months have been brutal for me. Typically, my schedule is disciplined, I eat on time and sleep on time, and this leaves me rested. Instead, I have been sleeping at 2 am, waking up at 5 am and catching a flight almost every day. The quality of what I eat has similarly suffered. It was inevitable that it would catch up, and therefore as I write this, I am exhausted. My curious mind asked – what is the biological reason I feel tired? Fatigue is a symptom that something ails you. In my case, it was just the lack of discipline. However, there could be many other reasons. The most interesting to me was a sedentary lifestyle. Yes, sitting on your haunches is tiring and can lead to soreness, pain in the neck and even headaches. Gosh, did I just kill your justification that you are resting because you are tired?

Feeling low or depressed can also make you feel tired. Your mind has to cope with the emotions, and this leaves your physical body exhausted. As happened to me, lack of adequate quantity and quality of sleep can result in fatigue. If you combine this with late night drinking or eating, it just makes it worse. Anaemia, caused by a lack of oxygen resulting in low Red Blood Cells can also create a general feeling of tiredness. Next, you might develop a leaky gut. A leaky gut occurs when the lining of your gut develops small holes and particles that generally would not seep into your bloodstream begin to do so. A leaky gut results in malabsorption of nutrients which can lead to fatigue. Naturally, being dehydrated can also cause imbalances in the most vital nutrient – water. So if you find yourself feeling fatigued all the time and you haven’t been living an insane life, get yourself to a good doctor to diagnose and treat yourself.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.