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Why Am I So Tired? Anxiety and Fatigue

Bone-weary, bushed, all in, dazed, dopey, depleted, drugged. Washed-up, worn-out, dozy, dreamy. Soporific, sluggish, torpid, tuckered, done.

One of the hardest parts of living with anxiety is how tired you get. Anxiety can cause extreme fatigue. In fact, lack of energy is often the first tip that something’s really not ‘OK’.

You hear a lot of people today, worrying about lack of sleep. Quite rightly: More stress, longer hours, most spent under fluorescent lights that induce derealization, confusing our body clocks.

Night and day, day and night, how do I know? The body usually ‘gets it’ from the amount of ambient light. Usually. If you’re dealing with the symptoms of anxiety as well, it’s harder. anxiety_fatigue_kwhite3

When the body doesn’t know if it’s time to stop or go  (anxiety is big on mixed signals) then fatigue and insomnia may just settle in with a long-term lease.

That being said, people tend to overestimate the time they spend trying to get some rest, and underestimate the total amount they sleep. Yes, that’s from a study. No, I can’t cite it. I read about it a few years ago whilst nursing some lovely ladies with dementia, depression and such.

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So, I sleep a bit more than I think I do but what with the PTSD that still isn’t very much. Which is how it goes for a lot of anxiety sufferers.

How much do you really rest? The amount, the numbers aren’t even close to the whole story. If I measured my life experience in hours I spent doing this or that, it wouldn’t add up.

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Quality counts. What are you doing to treat anxiety?  If you don’t wake up feeling better for having slept, it’s just an escape clause: It won’t help you get out of jail free.

Breaking free from anxiety is about somewhat nebulous things: mindfulness, depth, the absence or presence of joy, or peace, support, and those anxiety coping skills I’m always on about.

Anxiety disorders, depression, etc, they wreak merry mayhem with your ability to recover from things like a poor night’s sleep. Maybe you don’t necessarily need more sleep. Maybe it takes a broader approach to control anxiety.

None of us have unlimited resources, though a lot of anxiety, depression and bipolar sufferers have a surprising amount of energy. Anxiety is energy, for that matter. It’s just not that useful when it comes in the form of panic attacks, or sits at the bottom of a hole.

Rest is one of the best natural remedies for anxiety

Let’s face it, nobody lives without anxiety. Even Mother Theresa had moments of uncertainty and doubt. It really is OK to take a break, to try to find that space to let go and relax.

Trust your body. That’s about as natural as it gets.

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Think of a cup. That cup contains what I’ll go ahead and call my daily allowance of useful energy. In liquid form. Handy that way

Is there enough to get me through the day?

How will I use it, and how strict do I need to be? You don’t want a dried -out cup by midday. I like leftovers, because I’m not that sure tomorrow won’t be harder, that I won’t stumble, or have a panic attack.

Just as we underestimate how much we sleep, I know I underestimate how much I have to do in a day, week, year. I also underestimate how much anxiety affects me, and how much effort all that takes.

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18 thoughts on “Why Am I So Tired? Anxiety and Fatigue”

  1. Hello everyone, reading these comments are very comforting knowing that you and I are not alone, but I am sadden to see we all suffer through chronic fatigued, it is so disabling and causes depression.

    I have had pretty severe anxiety for a year and 6 months, I am a constant worry wart and I don’t know how to overcome worries… when I see threads saying “postpone you’re worries” when I see stuff like that I get so angry and I cry so much because I mentally cannot or don’t know how to.

    Over the last 7 months my anxiety has got far worse and when I say this I mean I am constantly thinking everyday about whether or not I will sleep at night.

    I can handle worrying about worse things than worrying about sleep, because sleep is so important and is one of the key factors for a healthy lifestyle these thoughts have robbed me from life…

    But even if do get 7-8 hours sleep most days I wake up feeling so foggy… within an hour or 2 hours the feeling slowly fades but it doesn’t go away entirely..

    Somedays I am so tired, I have brain fogged, I can’t concentrate and I have no energy.

    I also don’t see my friends anymore and I don’t work which kills me 🙁

    Because I feel this way almost everyday the first thing I think about when I wake up is how horrible the day will be simply because know I will feel the same as everyday.

    I will do almost ANYTHING to overcome this and live a happy life.. but its not so easy..

    I had an acupuncture session 2 weeks ago and within the next 2 weeks will be seeing a kinesiologist… I don’t know if this will help but I am trying…

    If someone out there can please help me or give me some guidance I will so appreciative

    I will mention my diet has been bad and I don’t exercise simply but lay in bed most 70% of the day because of the chronic sleepiness and fatigue feeling i have..

    Thank you so much.

  2. I, too, am suffering from anxiety, insomnia, lack of energy, and feeling like a panic attack is coming. I can’t perform my job anymore and have used all of my sick time.

    My girl friend of over three years left me because it was like dating an eighty year old. In addition, I’ve gained about twenty pounds from trying to keep my blood sugar up.

    I can’t sleep for more than three hours at a time, if that. I’m depressed, scared, and angry. I want my life back!!! I can’t keep my eyes open during the day and can’t close them at night.

    Its comforting to see others have the same problem. I want to exorcise, but I’m scared of losing the low amount off of energy I have.

    My doctors been no help. I may ask him about that one med the other guy suggested, I’ll Google it first. I may do exercise directly after eating dinner but just for ten minutes to start.

    Thanks for everyone’s comments.

  3. Start praying this one word out of the book of Timothy. Say this over and over and over and boer Out loud, so you can hear it, Gods word is medicine to all your flesh, and by saying this one simple scripture over and over,you will see amazing results. What have you got to lose. Btw there are no side effects either.. Say For God has not given me a spirit of fear,but if power and of love and a SOUND MIND! You are the healed! Thank Jesus that you are. God bless.

  4. I feel this way every day. It pretty much runs my life I feel so much anxiety and weakness to the point of thinking I’m going to pass out. I have dealt with this for almost a year and haven’t been able to work. I’m not giving up though it’s the hardest thing in the world but I clench my fists and I tell my anxiety your not going to win anymore. Then I make myself go to the gym and say if u pass out oh well but haven’t passed out yet and after my workout I usually feel at least 50 percent better.

  5. Stacey- I hear you, and I think everyone posting here hears you. Sounds like people need help on this forum, but there’s no one here to help :/ I suffer from depression and anxiety as well… It is good to hear I’m not alone from the comments made here…and some people have some words of advice to share, but some people are looking for real help… Maybe another forum would be better? It would be tragic for anyone to get in a really bad place and something bad happen because they tried to reach out for help, and got none….

  6. I need a doctor in the Concord,N.C.28025 area who will give me the right medicine for my ANXIETY,SOCIAL ANXIETY,INSOMNIA,AND DEPRESSION. I am a mother of two and a 35yr. old wife of 15yrs.,together 20 but, I need a doctor who will not judge or assume and truly help me,does any of them actually care what your going through daily its like being a prisoner within yourself. I have good insurance,I need a good recommendation or referral please if anyone hears me…….

  7. People posting here are not alone.

    I am 45 and suffer from a blood disorder that gives me very low iron. Iron supplements are necessary but don’t seem to help much. The last time I had my iron checked it was actually in the normal range!

    I can’t focus on anything. I procrastinate on almost everything because only with a surge of adrenaline can I get things done. Then I do sloppy, hurried work. I feel tired ALL day every day from the moment I wake up (no matter how much I have slept) to the moment I got to sleep.

    I managed to hold on to a high paying job for many years but I got laid off last year. Now I’m stuck and facing financial problems. I don’t know where I’ll be able to live or how I can live. I now also have severe anxiety and can barely sleep. I tried looking for jobs for quite some time now but no one wants to hire me.

    I visited doctors years ago (I’ve had this problem since getting mono my 20s) but they could find nothing wrong. My only symptom is extreme tiredness, I don’t have any of the other Chronic Fatigue symptoms. Yet my life is turning into a living hell just the same.

  8. I suffer with severe anxiety/depression and panic attacks.For the last 5 years I am barely functioning I have no energy and have isolated myself and it is affecting my family.I am lost as what to do.

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