You wake up from a deep sleep, have a cup of coffee, and still catch yourself yawning. Then you ask yourself, “Why am I always tired?” You feel unnaturally tired, and you’re not working any harder than usual. What is causing this constant lack of energy? Well, you are not alone. Feelings of constant tiredness or fatigue are more common among men than you might think. It goes by many names — tiredness, exhaustion, lethargy, listlessness. But these are all just different words to describe that feeling of having less energy than you used to.
Why Am I Always Tired?
A number of different factors can cause a man’s energy levels to drop and have him wondering “Why am I always tired?”. Two of the main factors to monitor are diet and sleep. In fact, inadequate sleep and a poor diet affect your energy levels throughout the day. Other causes of fatigue include:
Any of the above conditions drain your natural energy.
What Else Could It Be?
If none of the causes above apply to you, you may suffer from a hormonal imbalance. Besides feeling tired all the time, other signs of hormonal imbalances can include:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Hair loss
- Low libido
- Night sweats or hot flashes
- Memory loss
- Mood swings or irritability
- Heart palpitations
Consequently, one of the most common causes of a hormonal imbalance in men is hypothyroidism.
What Is Hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism is a condition involving an underactive thyroid gland. Because the hormones that the thyroid gland produces affect almost every bodily function, a problem with the thyroid leads to various symptoms. For example, the thyroid gland regulates your heart rate, body temperature, metabolism, energy levels, and more. Some symptoms of hypothyroidism include:
- Muscle and joint pain
- Unusual weight gain or loss
- Vision problems
- Changes in body temperature
- Changes in appetite
Causes of Hypothyroidism
Four main causes contribute to the development of a thyroid disorder:
- Hormonal imbalances from stress and/or diet
- Food intolerances to things like gluten or dairy
- Radiation and toxicity exposure
- Iodine or selenium deficiency
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, more than 20 million Americans suffer from hypothyroidism. About 60% of those people are unaware they even have it. In order to diagnose hypothyroidism, your doctor runs T3 and T4 blood tests to determine the level of thyroid hormones in your bloodstream. Although the effects of hypothyroidism can become serious if left unchecked, the good news is that treatment is simple and painless. In fact, there is a natural treatment option — desiccated thyroid hormone. Desiccated thyroid hormone is bioidentical to the thyroid hormones your body makes. As a result, it can help your body correct the hormonal imbalance and get you feeling well again. If you’re concerned about your health or the possibility of hypothyroidism, we’re here to help. You can get more information on how to diagnose and treat hypothyroidism at Hotze Health and Wellness Center. Feel free to browse our online articles, or call to speak with a medical professional. Above all, we’re here to help you reach your healthy living goals.