To My College-Aged Friends, It’s Not Normal To Be Tired All The Time

To My College-Aged Friends, It’s Not Normal To Be Tired All The Time

We're busy but it shouldn't get the point of constant exhaustion.

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I found myself recently googling "Why am I tired all the time?" and knew that something was definitely wrong. I'm not even twenty and every time I get up, I'm looking forward to when I'll be able to lay down again. Let me start off by saying that for at least the last month I have been constantly exhausted. This has gotten to the point where even if I sleep a good 8 or 10 hours, I will still wake up feeling like I can sleep for the next two days straight. If this sounds at all like you, then please listen to me -- this is not normal!

I've been making excuses for it recently saying it's just been a busy week or that I've been staying up late but I shouldn't be feeling this way and neither should you. So, I've decided to make a life change and create healthier habits to be able to not be the girl dragging myself around campus like a zombie with a coffee in my hand.

Let's get down to the root of the problem, why am I tired all the time?

According to Your.Md , tiredness can be caused by physical, physiological, or lifestyle related issues.

1) Physical: It's important to make sure that your fatigue isn't due to any health issues that have been left undresses. One of the most common causes of fatigue is anemia. Anemia is when you don't have enough red blood cells which in turn cause you to be tired all the time. Most people with anemia take iron supplements and are advised to eat foods high in iron such as broccoli and spinach. Another common physical cause is thyroid problems. But lesser known causes include sleep apnea in which your breathing pattern throughout the night tends to start and stop. It doesn't allow you to get the quality sleep you need.

I know that as college students we tend to prioritize everything above our health. But we need to take a step back and realize that our health has to come first. So, if you're experiencing constant tiredness go to your general doctor and make sure it's not because of an underlying medical issue.

2) Psychological: Did you know that psychological tiredness is more common than physical tiredness? I feel like before getting to really research this I hadn't even considered that my mental health could be affecting me physically. Anxiety and depression are examples of how your mental health can be having a toll on how you feel. Anxiety can lead to people staying up later unable to shut off their brain and cause something you've probably heard of, insomnia. One of the symptoms of depression is excessive sleeping or tiredness.

Prioritizing your mental health and allowing yourself the time to rest is essential in helping your sleep patterns.

3) Lifestyle: Overworking yourself, drinking too much caffeine, not exercising, and having a bad diet can all lead to sleeping disturbances which in turn make you tired. They are things we are mostly aware of but tend to overlook with our busy day to day lives. I know what you're thinking, "You're asking me to exercise when I can barely keep my eyes open?" Well, yes. I know it sounds contradictory but exercising can also reduce stress and symptoms of anxiety and depression which as a result, help you sleep better and be less tired.

After looking at all of this, I was able to pinpoint somethings that could help me get out of this funk of constant tiredness. A better diet, regular exercise, and reducing stress and anxiety by not overworking myself would be things I have to implement into my daily life. I hope that you've learned a little more about how to improve your sleep and that you realize that feeling tired constantly is not okay and it's something we need to start taking more seriously.

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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Dreading This Day All About Love

Valentines day blues

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I have never enjoyed Valentine's Day.

Even if when I was in a relationship it was just an awkward day of "hey I love you, give me gifts and lets make out." But this year, I am just not feeling this thing at all. Since the relationship ended last June I have just been dreading the time when February came, because you know that on the 14th you are going to see all these love post and all us singles are like "welp this is just not my day.", and honestly you feel defeated. I personally asked other singles friends (like the three I have) if they wanted to come and watch Netflix with me and dread the day, but sadly they either had school or work. So here is my plan of getting though this day of love:

NETFLIX

Yes Netflix how else am I supposed to get through this day? Usually I have Greys Anatomy playing all the time but that has love in it, and I am not in the mood for that. My plan is to watch all the crime shows I can because watching TV crime series or documentary about serial killers just seems perfect for the 14th.

SLEEP

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Yes sleeping. I don't have anywhere I need to be why not catch up on some zzz's

CHOCOLATE

Yes I am going to eat my feelings with chocolate because why not? if I could I would get a giant slice of cake and live off that on the 14th but sadly I am stuck with the normal Heresy's chocolate and Reeses which will do their job.

CATS

me :)

This is my wonderful cat Kimber and she will be my partner in crime on the 14th. She will sleep, snuggle, cuddle, all day with me because I need that moral support of my fluffy cat.

BOOKS

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If I am able to fit reading a book into my schedule of everything listed above then reading will go into that open spot. I always loved reading but with school it is hard to find the time to read for enjoyment. so this day will be the perfect day.


This is my plan for the 14th of February and hopefully this will help me get though this dreadful day. And if you are also single try this out :)

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