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Reasons you feel tired all the time

As health problems go, it’s one of the most common out there, and one of the hardest to pin down. Feeling tired all the time – which often goes by the acronym TATT – might simply indicate that you’re not getting enough shut-eye. Depending on your particular circumstances, this problem should be easy enough to fix. But if you’re feeling truly exhausted, and can’t pin it on any obvious cause, the situation might require a bit more attention.


As Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chair of the Royal College of GPs, explains: “Feeling tired after a long and busy day can affect all of us from time to time and is a natural response to pushing ourselves hard. This can often be rectified by getting a good night’s sleep, eating well, and keeping hydrated. But it’s important to be aware of the difference between normal tiredness, which is very common, and abnormal fatigue.”

If you have the kind of tiredness that doesn’t go away, even after a good night’s sleep, it may be worth investigating the situation more closely. This is especially the case if you’re experiencing other symptoms, have been tired for more than four weeks, or think you might have an underlying condition.

Read the rest of this article at Patient UK

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