Daytime Tiredness: Reasons & Solutions

Daytime tiredness is a condition we have all experienced from time to time. We don’t get enough sleep the night before; we’re particularly bored; it’s the wrong time of the month– these are all common causes for daytime sleepiness. They are not a sign of any underlying problems, provided they continue to remain occasional.


However, if you experience tiredness during the day on a chronic basis — so, three or more times a week — then it might be worth digging a little deeper. Chronic daytime tiredness can seriously impact your quality of life, so if it’s a problem that is afflicting you, it’s important to get to the root of the issue.



Below are three possible reasons you are experiencing daytime tiredness. When you know the cause, you can work on the cure. So let’s jump right in…


Potential Cause: Medication Side Effects

A huge number of medications can cause daytime drowsiness, so if you are taking prescribed medications, this is the first potential cause that you will need to examine.


First, check and see if the medication you are taking is known to cause drowsiness. If you don’t have a medication information sheet handy, then you can consult the relevant entry on If drowsiness is listed as a symptom, talk to your doctor and see if they have any suggestions for how you can ease this.


If drowsiness is not a side effect of your medication, then you need to move on to other potential issues.


Potential Cause: Discomfort

If you’re not comfortable, you’re not going to get a good night’s sleep: that’s just a fact. If it’s been awhile since your bed and mattress were replaced, then it’s worth reading through to get an idea of what might work for you, and then purchasing the relevant bed. Mattresses lose their firmness over time, which will deny you hours of restful sleep. The inevitable consequence of this is daytime tiredness.


If you’ve switched your bed and you are still experiencing problems, then there’s one thing left to consider…


Potential Cause: Underlying Health Conditions

Firstly: don’t panic. The majority of conditions that can cause daytime tiredness are simple to treat and identify, so there’s no need for unnecessary concern.


However, if you have tried the first two options and are still experiencing daytime tiredness, you should make a trip to your doctor to try and find the solution. Sleep apnea, a condition which causes you stop breathing at night, is one of the most common causes of daytime tiredness. You will need to undergo a sleep study but, if you are diagnosed, it’s relatively easy to manage sleep apnea.


Other conditions that you might want to check out are thyroid issues, as well as certain autoimmune conditions, such as lupus. Explain to your doctor what you are experiencing and see if they believe there might be a clinical cause. If there is, you can take action, and finally manage to rid yourself of the issue once and for all.


Remember: you don’t just have to cope with chronic daytime tiredness. Follow the steps above until you have found a resolution, so you can ensure you’re as alert and active as you want to be during the day.


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