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January 04, 2021 5 min read

Feeling tired, rundown, drained or even exhausted from time to time is a conventional part of life. We have busy schedules, tasks to complete, expectations to uphold, kids and pets to take care of and friends and family to stay in communication with. The answer to, ‘why am I so tired and sleepy all the time?’ could be as simple as spending too many hours sitting in front of a screen, and not enough time keeping active. Perhaps your late night ‘one more episode’ Netflix habit could be replaced with a more calming bedtime routine. Maybe your diet could be more influential on your energy levels than you were previously aware of. Or it is possible, you could be suffering from a more serious illness or condition, related to feeling constantly worn out. 

The good news is, if you think your sleepiness could be linked to lifestyle choices, there are plenty of opportunities to make positive changes. Ensuring you are getting enough vitamins and minerals in your diet is intimately linked to your overall feeling of ‘zest’.

The reishi mushroom has been used in Eastern medicine for centuries, and is commonly known in Asia, where it’s grown in warm, moist areas, for its powerful, medicinal porperties, and links to a well-functioning immune system. Reishi contains certain molecules, named ‘polysaccharides’ and ‘peptidoglycans’ which are uncommon, and considered to be the source of its antioxidant, health-benefiting effects.

This article will examine a few possible causes and solutions for constant tiredness.

Why am I so tired and sleepy all the time?: Health Conditions

Before we look into lifestyle choices, you might want to be sure you’re not suffering from one of the following:


Anaemia 

Caused by iron deficiency - anaemia can be an inherited condition, mostly affecting men and women between the ages of 30 and 60. The lack of iron (or sometimes too much iron) in the blood can result in a constant feeling of lethargy.


Sleep Apnoea

You’ve probably heard of sleep apnoea in relation to someone snoring really loudly. Well, it’s a real health condition where your throat shrinks/narrows during sleep, making breathing more difficult.


Thyroid Issues

An underactive thyroid gland can mean having too little thyroxine in your body, which can make you feel exhausted. Dryer skin, hair and nails are also linked to this condition. 


Coeliac Disease 

Coeliac disease is when your body reacts badly to gluten (found in wheat products such as bread and cakes). This affects roughly one in one hundred people, and is linked to general tiredness, bloating and digestive issues. 


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 

You might have heard about someone suffering from ME (medical term: myalgic encephalomyelitis), which is another word for chronic fatigue. This illness can cause prolonged periods of extreme exhaustion, extending to 4 months at a time.


Diabetes

Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are linked to tiredness, aches, pains and excessive thirst. Needing to pee often, especially at night is also linked to diabetes, and is likely something you will notice feeling unusual first.


Depression & Anxiety

Feeling depressed can really take its toll on your energy levels, making you feel drained and exhausted. Sleep patterns are often disrupted too, so the grogginess can also come from late nights or really early mornings. Anxiety is something we all suffer from time to time, but restless worrying in daily life can naturally also be incredibly tiring.


If you’re finding yourself always asking the question, ‘why am I so tired and sleepy all the time?’ and you feel like it could be one of these more serious conditions - always consult your doctor first.


Why am I so tired and sleepy all the time?: Lifestyle

Diet

We already touched on the importance of a nutrient-rich, balanced diet if you’re concerned about your lack of energy. Refined carbohydrates are digested in your body as sugar. Think breads, pastries, cakes, pastas and pizza to name a few. When these processed carbohydrates are consumed, the body needs more insulin to break down the blood sugar levels. This causes a ‘spike’ in energy, and then... An inevitable collapse. Leading to a cycle of craving more and more glucose. Research has shown by opting for healthier (non refined carbohydrate) snacks and meals, you’ll have more energy throughout the day. Try swapping that lunchtime bagel for some whole wheat rice or potatoes, with your choice of protein, vegetables and legumes. 


Movement

Creating space for more movement, fitness and exercise can certainly feel like being stuck in a ‘catch 22’ scenario when you’re feeling flat. However, being too tired to work out - indeed has the opposite effect on our body’s sense of fatigue. The less exercise you do, the weaker your muscles and endurance levels - which of course contributes to your level of enthusiasm about going for that run, or signing up for that class at the gym. The good news here? Plenty of studies out there show that very minimal improvements are needed in this area to start having a positive effect on your sense of vitality. Regular exercise really could be the answer to the, ‘why am I so tired and sleepy all the time?’ question, so if you’re really struggling: start small. A 10 minute jog is better than 0 minutes. A brisk walk is better than nothing. 5 stretches or sit-ups are better than sitting. You get the idea.


Other lifestyle areas to consider? Make sure you are prioritising your sleep, getting 7-8 hours per night, with a solid nightly routine to calm the mind and body before bed. Stay hydrated: drinking enough fluid throughout the day is really important for optimum mind and body processing. Even mild dehydration can be the cause of dips in energy levels, so when in doubt, pour yourself another glass. Lastly, keep your stress levels under control by taking the time to meditate and take part in leisurely, enjoyable activities and self-care routines throughout your busy week.


What is Reishi Mushroom Powder?

Reishi’s positive effects on the immune system, and overall cell functioning are often the most commonly highlighted benefits. However, reishi can also be a powerful antidote for tiredness and fatigue. Reishi mushroom powder is the dried extract form of the reishi mushroom. It is roughly 10 times less potent than to consume the mushroom itself, which means dosage can be easily controlled, and there are few side effects. Reishi Mushroom Powder Mix can be mixed in hot water and added to tea, coffee, even smoothies and soups. This nutrient-rich superfood can help your body adapt to stress, fuel your digestive system with vitamins and minerals, and soothe a restless mind before you go to sleep. All proven to be holistic energy boosters. 


How Much Reishi Should I Take?

As mentioned, Reishi consumed in extract Mix or Elixir Stick form is more easily digestible for the body than eating the mushroom itself. How much you should take will also depend on your personal tolerance to new substances, your weight and your age. Start off with one scoop of mix or one elixir stick per day, or even every other day - see if you notice a difference over a two week period. If your body is sensitive, this might be enough for you to start noticing the benefits. You can always increase to one-two scoops per day over time, to see an intensified result.



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