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Why Am I Just So Tired All the Time?

Rest is so vital to our health physically and emotionally yet many of us don’t sleep well regularly.

Can you say you get the recommended amount of sleep according to these time frames?

Sleep Needs by Age Group:

Adult: 7 – 9 hours

Teenager: 8 – 10 hours

Child 6 – 12 years: 9- 12 hours

Child 3 – 5 years:  10 – 13 hours (including naps)

Child 1 – 2 years: 11 – 14 hours (including naps)

Infants 4 -12 months: 12 – 16 hours (including naps)

The American Sleep Association estimates 50-70 million Americans have some form of a sleep disorder!

With so many of us sleeping poorly is it little wonder we feel tired all the time?

We Live Tired

When we have something we deal with every day, like feeling tired, we eventually just learn to live with it, accepting it as part of who we are instead of realizing it is our body telling us something is wrong. We blame our sleepless nights on age, discomfort, and just restlessness.

There are many reasons we may not be sleeping well but one of the most common reasons is stress. Most of the time, our lack of sleep is due to stress and strain on our adrenal system that leaves us in a constant state of fight or flight. We live in such a fast-paced, high pressure society that it is impossible to unplug and take care of ourselves.

Even when we don’t think we are stressed, it may be because we are so used to feeling that fight or flight way that we don’t realize what it means to not feel stressed and not tired from it.

Here’s a good example. The average American worker today:

  1. Puts in over 52 hours a week at their job