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No matter how much sleep I get, I still feel tired all the time?

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    (Original post by buildalegohouse)
    Thanks everyone for your replies...

    Okay so someone asked about my diet-
    Usually I have some toast and tea for breakfast,
    Fruit to snack on, Usually a sandwich or something for lunch, and a baked potato or homecooked meals for dinner.


    I do usually use an alarm, but I'm always asleep when it goes off.

    And exercise really isn't my thing. Don't do much except going for walks...nothing strenuous.
    Perhaps I should try the exercise?
    The exercise could work, my bro had this exact same problem, he was feeling tired despite having sufficient sleep and a decent diet. His doctor recommended that he tried exercising more, as that was something that he didn't do very often. From what he tells me, it worked for him.

    This may not be your problem, but I suppose it's worth a shot
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    herp derp people negging me because they realise that they know nothing about sleep

    (Original post by buildalegohouse)
    Thanks everyone for your replies...

    Okay so someone asked about my diet-
    Usually I have some toast and tea for breakfast,
    Fruit to snack on, Usually a sandwich or something for lunch, and a baked potato or homecooked meals for dinner.


    I do usually use an alarm, but I'm always asleep when it goes off.

    And exercise really isn't my thing. Don't do much except going for walks...nothing strenuous.
    Perhaps I should try the exercise?
    I forgot to ask, any medication?

    do this: kill your alarm if you can (well you say that you sleep through it anyway, so it shouldn't make any difference turning it off?) and if possible, go to bed when you are tired (such that you will fall asleep within 20 minutes) and wake up whenever (and again if possible, don't put any clocks near your bed that you will see upon wakening)

    if after a week you are still tired during the day, you have eliminated sleep deprivation being the problem, at which point you should follow others advice here or go see a doctor (or a sleep specialist, or many doctors, since GPs don't really know much about sleep)
    (Original post by shezshez)
    8 hours routinely won't make you more tired, you'll actually be more refreshed.
    More sleep does not mean you will feel better.
    well no, it depends on how much sleep you need, not everyone needs 8 hours and some people need more, and teenagers need even more.

    sleeping at the same time/waking up at the same time is obviously best as you say, but you still need to get enough, 8 hours comes from the fact that if adults are left to free run their sleep, usually they will end up sleeping around 7~9 hours a night.
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    (Original post by buildalegohouse)
    I've always been one of these people that needs loads of sleep, and usually, I get it. On a good day, I can manage 8 hours, or if I'm staying up revising, it's usually around 7-6 hours.

    But even at the weekends, when I get more sleep, I still feel lethargic and tired, like I can't motivate myself to do anything, and it lasts pretty much all day. It's bad enough walking to school, never mind finding the energy to concentrate on schoolwork or revision.

    I've tried coffee and energy drinks and they don't help, and my diet is pretty healthy.
    I'm starting to think it's all the pressure and stress of exams...
    Any suggestions/advice?
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    Ok I don't know how old you are but eight hours is not 'loads' of sleep. I have a problems with my sleep and my consultant at UCLH said that under the age of 18 you should be aiming for ten hours. A lot of school aged kids also take a short nap after school and this is perfectly normal. It could be that you are just deprived during the week and your body is paying the sleep debt off at the weekend. If you find it harder to get to sleep earlier, first of all make sure you have good sleep hygiene i.e definietly do not do schoolwork in your bed and try not to in your room if at all possible and get into a routine before you go to bed, maybe something like taking a relaxing bath, your body then will associate this with 'oh it's bed time now.' If this doesn't work you can buy melatonin online, it's safe and generally effective short term.

    What concerns me though is that your finding it hard to walk to school, is this because you feel physically tired? Or because you're mentally tired and nearly forget to check it's safe before crossing a road?

    However I would still say, get more sleep during the week and see if you feel better before worrying that there is something wrong. Unless...I'm wondering why you posted this on the mental health forums?
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    Go for a blood check up. You might be having iron deficiency. People tend to get lethargic when they have iron deficiency. Some, even faint. So, best is to go to the doctor for a thorough check up.

    Also, exercise to keep yourself fit. Swimming, yoga and aerobics are great. Since you are a student, I would suggest some stretching exercise at home that can do wonders before you start studying.

    Hope that helps !
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    Obviously exercising will help your energy levels.
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    CFS ? Is my reasoning after months of begging to find me a answer! Hope you get yours soon?!
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    Hi there, i would just like to share my experiences with you. I used to suffer from weight gain and poor quality sleep. My exercise regimes would only last max of 2weeks and my body would crave energy, so it meant i was over eating and it wasnt working. It was a perpetual cycle of putting on body fat, being more tired and more depressed. I got my vitamin d levels checked out when they were free under the NHS and i was severely deficient. My levels are now on 33ng/ml (my target is 50)... my levels were below 15 when i was getting ill. Ever since i started to supplement 12,000iu of Vitamin D3, after a few months my sleeping problems went away and so did my depression. I have been weight training for 2 months now +- cardio and have lost 11lbs...

    It might not be the only contributing factor to poor sleep but its definitely worth checking out. Hope you get better.

    superGood

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