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Why do I feel so exhausted even though I am getting enough sleep?

Why do I feel so exhausted even though I am getting enough sleep?

Many possibilities: Many things can cause fatigue other than not getting enough sleep. Thyroid problems, metabolic problems (diabetes, potassium problems, etc), and even depression. Sleep apnea is also very common. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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What can I do for fatigue? I'm 18yo, in college, diagnosed w/ anxiety disorder 2yrs ago. Even when i get adequate sleep/proper diet I have zero energy

What can I do for fatigue? I'm 18yo, in college, diagnosed w/ anxiety disorder 2yrs ago. Even when i get adequate sleep/proper diet I have zero energy

see sleep specialist: I would recommend that see a sleep specialist to rule out sleep apnea that can leave you feeling tired all day. There are other sleep-elated conditions that can cause this as well a many other medical conditions. Your sleep doc will recommend an appropriate work-up.10% of children have sleep apnea. The data in adults are not yet known. ...Read more

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What to do if I am not getting enough sleep and am exhausted and struggling to concentrate.?

What to do if I am not getting enough sleep and am exhausted and struggling to concentrate.?

Aim for enough hours: ; use good sleep hygiene. Retire ; rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark ; cool ; use only for sex ; sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs ; no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized ; finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading or warm bath. ...Read more

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Extreme fatigue despite blood tests coming in normal and getting adequate sleep at night. What to do?!

Extreme fatigue despite blood tests coming in normal and getting adequate sleep at night. What to do?!

Fatigue: Fatigue can be due to many reasons and is often multifactorial. Things to consider are anemia (low iron), thyroid abnormalities, and any other chronic medical conditions. However, many people have fatigue due to poor sleep caused by sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea or restless legs syndrome. Lastly, it is important to take a look at stress levels as this can contribute to poor sleep as well. ...Read more

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Why am i exhausted even though i get sleep? How do I treat this?

Why am i exhausted even though i get sleep? How do I treat this?

Many considerations: Including a nocturnal sleep disorder such as sleep apnea, but maybe a fatigue state, or thyroid or anemia issues. Depression and medication issues may be playing a role, and alcohol and recreational drugs can also come into play. ...Read more

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Is it normal to get a full 8 hrs of sleep at night and still be tired all day? Even after taking a couple few hour naps? I feel so exhausted lately.

Is it normal to get a full 8 hrs of sleep at night and still be tired all day? Even after taking a couple few hour naps? I feel so exhausted lately.

Probably not: It sounds like you may not be getting the quality of sleep that is needed. I would suggest seeing a physician trained in sleep to help you figure out what is wrong and then can offer some help. ...Read more

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I sleep all night, but when I get up in the morning, I feel so exhausted that I am back in bed by 1 pm. I feel so tired that I can't keep my eyes open. My doctor prescribed Adderall several months ago, but there has been no change. What should I do?

I sleep all night, but when I get up in the morning, I feel so exhausted that I am back in bed by 1 pm. I feel so tired that I can't keep my eyes open. My doctor prescribed Adderall several months ago, but there has been no change. What should I do?

Exhausted: First recommendation - have a formal evaluation about your sleep. You might be exhausted because it is not restorative. This can also be a manifestation of depression and a stimulant is not always helpful in that setting. If evaluation leads to repeated recommendation for stimulant, then evaluate if dose and type best for you. ...Read more

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How can I get to sleep fast and easy? Been having a real hard to falling asleep even though i'm exhausted.

How can I get to sleep fast and easy? Been having a real hard to falling asleep even though i'm exhausted.

Insomnia: Depends if its acute or chronic for less than 3 months, read aboiut sleep hygiene, try Ambien (zolpidem) like meds, cbti for longer than 6 months cbti has been proven better than meds in most studies. ...Read more

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I'm exhausted. I can't get to sleep. How do I get rest?

I'm exhausted. I can't get to sleep. How do I get rest?

Several things: Dont read in bed. Dont' use the computer in bed. Don;'t watch tv in bed. Don't exercise late at night. Don't drink alcohol within 4 hours of bed. If none of this applies, then you can try 3-5 mg of melatonin that you can purchase almost anywhere. If that does not work then you need to talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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How much sleep should I get? 19 and exhausted from studying :)

How much sleep should I get? 19 and exhausted from studying :)

8 hr is best: 8 hours is what is best for a 19 year old but i know that is really hard. If you are exhausted, sleep as much as you can to catch up on what you have missed. Let your body be your guide. Sleep deprivation over a period of time can do a lot of damage, even at a young age. ...Read more

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I get 8 hours of sleep a night, but still feel exhausted in the morning, how can I solve this?

I get 8 hours of sleep a night, but still feel exhausted in the morning, how can I solve this?

See your doctor.: You may have a sleep disorder, ranging from disordered sleep cycles to obstructive sleep apnea. You need to see your doctor for an exam to see if there is any anatomic cause; you may also need a sleep study, which your doctor can order if indicated. ...Read more

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What to do if I am feeling tired at 6 pm like exhausted every night now when i get more than 8 hrs of sleep?

Fatigue: Inadequate information to answer your question. However exhaustion at 6 pm may result from extreme physical activity, poor dietary habits, extreme stress and use of sedating or mild altering drugs in addition to inadequate rest or sleep ...Read more

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Ughh. Why am I so exhausted and tried all the time if I get enough sleep? Even small activities make me tired.

Ughh. Why am I so exhausted and tried all the time if I get enough sleep? Even small activities make me tired.

Many many causes: Possibilities include poor nutrition, sleep apnea, various medical disorders such as anemia, diabetes, or thyroid disorders, psychological factors such as stress and/or depression, and many others. It could even be from overwork or overexercising. While it's easy to provide a list of possibilities, your question can't be answered without more info. See a doctor for a personalized assessment. ...Read more

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Exhausted. Please tell me how to get to sleep for kids are returning soon from their dads?

Exhausted. Please tell me how to get to sleep for kids are returning soon from their dads?

Need workup: You need a workup to discover what's interfering with your sleep. Many problems can present with sleep disturbance -- depression, anxiety, sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, alcohol or drug abuse, side effects from ongoing medications, etc to name only a few. Treatments differ depending on what the problem is. Please see your physician to get started working towards a solution. Good luck! ...Read more

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Exhausted so how to get a newborn to sleep?

Exhausted so how to get a newborn to sleep?

These things...: Swaddling, rocking, soft sounds such as humming or singing, sucking , make sure they are clean and well fed. ...Read more

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I eat very health and definetly eat enough food a day, but even when i get 8 hours of sleep a night, i'm very weak and always exhausted, why?

Get checkup: Could be an endocrine (thyroid/diabetic/etc.) issue; could be work/stress/anxiety; could be many things. Should have thorough history & physical done by dr +/- blood & urine testing. ...Read more

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What are some possible conditions for someone who is always exhausted no matter how much sleep they get? also falls asleep anytime and everywhere thxs

What are some possible conditions for someone who is always exhausted no matter how much sleep they get? also falls asleep anytime and everywhere thxs

Sleep apnea.: My main thought would be sleep apnea, which disrupts nighttime sleep quality leading to daytime exhaustion and a tendency to fall asleep during the day. ...Read more