Is Being Tired in the Daytime Normal?

To answer the question in a word, “No.” There’s something amiss with your sleep routine, whether by choice or by physical or mental condition that needs correcting, if you’re constantly tired in the daytime.

If you’re not deliberately burning your candles at both ends, robbing you of precious sleep, and you experience any of the difficulties listed in the following bullet points, you should seek professional help:

  • Feeling sleeping and/or irritable in the daytime
  • Having difficulty staying awake while sitting and reading or watching television
  • Feeling tired or actually drifting off while driving
  • Facing trouble concentrating
  • Hearing comments from others about how tired you look
  • Finding your reactions slowed down
  • Taking a nap daily or nearly daily
  • Loading up on caffeine in the day to keep going

If you find yourself with any of these symptoms, you should first examine your sleep hygiene (we’ve published quite a few posts here on good sleep habits) and then seek professional advice from a sleep clinic or doctor.

Insomnia is the most common sleep problem in the U.S., but your sleep can also be interrupted by allergies, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), restless leg syndrome (RLS) and narcolepsy. None of these problems is something you should put up with, and all will rob you of the rejuvenation your body and mind need at night.

Don’t be your own doctor, but seek help today.

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