Why Does Anxiety Disorder Make You So Tired?

February 18, 2015 Greg Weber

Anxiety disorder is a complex beast that affects more than just your emotions. It's seen primarily as an mood disorder, and while that is certainly true, anxiety has a strong mental and physiological component as well. This week, we'll explore one of the questions everyone with anxiety has asked themselves at some point: why does anxiety disorder make you so tired?

The Main Reasons Anxiety Disorder Makes You Tired

Anxiety disorder makes you feel tired for a variety of reasons. There are four main reasons why anxiety makes you tired. Which ones affect you? Take a look.Obviously, there's no single, clear-cut answer to why anxiety makes us feel tired, and anxiety affects different peoples' energy levels differently. But, there are common themes of exhaustion that many people with anxiety tend to share, including:

  • Sleep disorders -- Problems with sleep are one of the most common side-effects of anxiety disorder, which very quickly makes you tired.
  • High tension levels -- Anxious people tend to have a hard time relaxing, which leads to tiredness. Most people with anxiety benefit greatly from some sort of regular relaxation therapy.
  • Worry / mental exhaustion -- Whirling, anxious thoughts are typical with anxiety, but these thoughts are often not trustworthy.
  • Depression -- There's a strong relationship between depression and anxiety, and depression is notorious for sapping your mental and physical reserves.

Top 4 Reasons Why Anxiety Makes You Tired

In this video, I talk more about my own experiences with why anxiety makes you so tired:

Next week, we'll explore some solutions for managing the tiredness that often goes hand in hand with anxiety disorder.

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APA Reference
Weber, G. (2015, February 18). Why Does Anxiety Disorder Make You So Tired?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 21 from

Author: Greg Weber

April, 8 2019 at 2:25 pm

Thanks for the posting, I just wish there was a written transcript for those who are hard of hearing or simply have a desire to read the information rather than listen to it. I know you have valuable insights.

November, 27 2018 at 9:08 pm

My mom is 78 she has anxiety she got real sick a month ago hospital for a week, then rehab for 2 weeks. Since she has been home all’s she does is sleep

Ady corpe
September, 4 2018 at 9:52 am

Can anxiety make u feel like you have not loved

Be Lou
September, 14 2017 at 5:25 am

Hi to all of you.
Thanks for the video Greg! Anxiety & Friends definitely drain energy on a daily basis. I'm at a point where I always feel tired.
I'm also "sick and tired, of being sick and tired!"
Thankfully, helpful resources are readily available here, and other places. I know this video/article post is a couple years old, but I wanted to start interacting, and I so happened to be on this page. Hope things are getting better in some regard, Crissy, Sammy, Carol, and all others.
Take just one step, even if you're tired. That is what you have control over.
Be (Brandon)

March, 1 2015 at 8:53 am

Should be "Al-Anon"!

March, 1 2015 at 8:52 am

I grew up in an alcoholic family situation. Going to Al-Sadr has helped tremendously where medication did nothing but make me feel worse. I got a handle on my whirling thoughts and started really living (and enjoying!) My life. It takes time and hard work, but it's so worth the effort!

sammy knott
February, 28 2015 at 12:01 pm

Very interesting a good insight for how I feel what I feel thank you

Crissy Londick
February, 28 2015 at 11:14 am

I can tell you why anxiety makes you tired. Because you mind never shuts off. You body never stops moving. You think and think and re-think what you have already thank (don't know if that is a word). Anxiety meds don't work for me. Big waist of time. Then anxiety turns in to OCD, checking kids over and over again, checking doors, fire alarms, stove, oven you name it. Sleep never comes, It's a viscious (spelling) circle. Been suffering for 13 years. Big dx list. Sleep about 2-3 hours in a 24hr period. Rapid cycle Bipolar with depressive state. In Manic state right now for probably 7 months now. Lost 80 lbs since last may. Husband controls all money and credit cards. Have psychogenic seizures, can't drive. I'm the youngest child in the family. It's "crazy". I feel for anybody with just anxiety. Because that is where all mine stated. Love, hope and prayers for all suffers

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Rondel King
May, 22 2018 at 10:25 pm

reading this gives me hope knowing am not not alone fighting this mental cancer....Been suffering from severe anxiety for over 20 years and am only 28 ....It's debilitating but I won't give up

August, 16 2018 at 3:09 am

I too have had anxiety for 20 years, its a terrible thing, some days I am not to bad but most days jittery, headaches, feeling of dread which scares me, which makes me feel worse, mentally exhausting, wish I could chill but find my thoughts get the better of me, feel so sorry for people experiencing for the first time, my message is to say your NOT on your own, like me we have to try and fight it, hope your feeling better soon, stay positive ?

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August, 29 2018 at 11:13 pm

I hear you! It’s exhausting both mentally and physically. It’s a constant battle, a battle that feels like it will never end ?.

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