BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – If you find yourself yawning a lot throughout the day, you’re not alone.
According to a 2021 statistic cited in The Center Square, “In Louisiana, about 1,354,900 adults — or 38.0% of the 20 and older population — do not get enough sleep, compared to 35.2% of adults nationwide. The share of adults reporting insufficient sleep in Louisiana is the 14th highest among the 50 states.”
But some people who get the recommended seven hours of sleep each night still suffer from fatigue throughout the day, and they may wonder why they’re so tired.
Five possible reason for fatigue are listed below.
1/ Sleep Apnea
Even if a person is in bed for seven hours a night, if they have sleep apnea, their sleep may be getting interrupted. How so?
Well, according to the Mayo Clinic, sleep apnea briefly stops a person’s breathing multiple times throughout the night.
Every time this happens, the person wakes up for a brief period of time. Experts say they may not even realize how often the condition is pulling them from sleep.
The Mayo Clinic warns, “If you snore loudly and feel tired even after a full night’s sleep, you might have sleep apnea.”
A number of clinics in the Baton Rouge area specialize in diagnosing and treating sleep disorders like sleep apnea. Some of these clinics are listed below.
Our Lady of the Lake Sleep Center
5000 Hennessy Blvd.
Baton Rouge, La. 70808
Baton Rouge General- Louisiana Sleep Foundation
4660 Bluebonnet Blvd.
Baton Rouge, La. 70809
Baton Rouge Oral and Facial Surgery & Dental Implant Center
5227 Flanders Drive
2/ Lack of nutrition due to poor diet
Experts say a lack of healthy carbohydrates, protein, and other essential vitamins can leave a person feeling sluggish. This can happen when we skip too many meals or consistently rely on junk food to satisfy hunger cravings.
To avoid falling into this trap, it might be helpful to make a habit of eating a breakfast and ensuring that every meal you consume includes protein and healthy carbohydrates (like fiber-rich breads, legumes, or vegetables).
According to WebMD, “Anemia is one of the leading causes of fatigue in women. Menstrual blood loss can cause an iron deficiency, putting women at risk. Red blood cells (shown here) are needed because they carry oxygen to your tissues and organs.”
If you think you might have anemia, you can schedule an appointment with your doctor and request a blood test. If the test reveals that you have anemia, your doctor might suggest regularly consuming foods that are rich in iron like dark green leafy vegetables, beans, peas, and dried fruits.
4/ Thyroid disorder
Extreme exhaustion might be a symptom of an undiagnosed or insufficiently treated thyroid disorder.
A Very Well Health article on the subject points out that an underactive thyroid (known as ‘hypothyroidism’) can cause “bone-numbing fatigue… leaving you barely able to lift your head off the pillow in the morning.”
The article adds that on the other end of the spectrum, an overactive thyroid (referred to as ‘hyperthyroidism’) can result in insomnia and disrupted sleep patterns.
If you’ve been diagnosed with a thyroid disorder and find yourself battling extreme fatigue, it may be time to talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need to adjust your medication.
That said, Very Well Health warns not to take matters into your own hands and try to make those changes without the advice of a physician.
5/ A hidden urinary tract infection (UTI)
According to WebMD, “If you’ve ever had a urinary tract infection (UTI), you’re probably familiar with the burning pain and sense of urgency. But the infection does not always announce itself with such obvious symptoms. In some cases, fatigue may be the only sign. A urine test can quickly confirm a UTI.”
After consulting with a physician about your symptoms and the results of a urine test, the doctor might prescribe an antibiotic, which will help to clear up the infection. Experts say that with medication, the fatigue is likely to vanish within a week.
In addition to the five possible reasons for fatigue listed above, dehydration or chronic illness can also trigger exhaustion.
Click here for more information on fatigue from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).