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Why am I so permanently tired? Is this normal?

(25 Posts)
gibbberish Sat 04-Jul-09 17:49:50

I am just so exhausted all the time. Sleeping for about 11 hours a night but still can hardly keep my eyes open during the day. Sleep most afternoons for an hour or so.

Can't read a book because my eyes are so tired then fall asleep.

Yawning constantly, so much so that my chest hurts. When not yawning I keep trying to take deep breaths. It's like I can't get enough oxygen.

Is this normal? If not, what could be causing it? Checked inside my eyelids and they are pinkish so don't think I am anemic. Help! It's driving me daft!

gibbberish Sat 04-Jul-09 17:53:17

Argh anaemic! See? Am so knackered my spelling is going to pot!

CheeseCheese Sat 04-Jul-09 17:56:47

kids age>?

CheeseCheese Sat 04-Jul-09 17:57:07

ooh you arent HOT at night are you ( i mean more htan normal - sweaty at all)

CheeseCheese Sat 04-Jul-09 17:57:25

oh no kids not tiny

hercules1 Sat 04-Jul-09 17:59:06

Eyelids are not an accurate way to tell if anaemic. Get a blood test for full blood count and iron storage levels.

gibbberish Sat 04-Jul-09 18:01:04

No tiny kids. 4 dds - 15, 14, 9 and 8.

Don't think I am more hot than usual cheese, well except for the last few nights because of this humid weather.

Hercules, didn't know that. Will go for blood test.

amisuchabadmummy Sat 04-Jul-09 18:02:08


CheeseCheese Sat 04-Jul-09 18:02:22

I recky gladnular fever...

<evil cackle>

dontlikeitatall Sat 04-Jul-09 18:02:22

Get your thyroid tested too.

jetcat32 Sat 04-Jul-09 18:03:47

do you snore? I used to sleep all night, and then fall asleep during the day as well - I was so tired i went to my GP and was eventually diagnosed with sleep apnea, so wasnt actually getting good night's sleep!

Think blood test is good idea, as could be thyroid related <i have that as well blush

Hope you feel better soon

gibbberish Sat 04-Jul-09 18:04:57

lol definitely NOT pregnant!

cheesy don't think it is 'gladnular fever' <chortles>

Did wonder about underactive thyroid. That would be great - would perhaps explain my 'few' extra pounds!

gibbberish Sat 04-Jul-09 18:06:06

OFCOURSE I don't snore <indignant>

Well, dh insists I do but I've never heard myself so don't believe it for a minute wink

Thanks for all your replies btw.

dontlikeitatall Sat 04-Jul-09 18:08:00

Also if you are sleeping 11 hours a night, that could be the course, try cutting it down to 9 hours and see if you feel any better after a week or so.

hercules1 Sat 04-Jul-09 18:08:38

I really do think you sound anaemic.

gibbberish Sat 04-Jul-09 18:11:11

Will try that dont. It's certainly not helping me feel more awake!

Herc, I do think that that could be the cause. Just glad that you think there might be something behind it and I am not just lazy slob!

AbricotsSecs Sat 04-Jul-09 18:12:15

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gibbberish Sat 04-Jul-09 18:13:00

That's interesting Hoochie. Will bear that in mind.

jetcat32 Sat 04-Jul-09 19:18:57

didnt mean to offend gibberish smile

lisad123 Sun 05-Jul-09 00:26:32

please go and see GP, might be something, might be nothing.

PurpleOne Sun 05-Jul-09 04:34:03

do you wee a lot in the night? feeling thirsty?

make sure you get a diabetes check.

gibbberish Sun 05-Jul-09 09:38:10

You didn't offend atall jet grin

Will do lisa. Making an appt for this week.

Purple I'm up about two or three times through the night. So will mention that too. My mum has diabetes.

Thanks for all your replies - really helpful.

shinyshoes Sun 05-Jul-09 09:45:33

I felt just like you are descibing. I ended up having an under active thyroid gland.

Kayzr Sun 05-Jul-09 09:49:03

I have the same symptoms as you. GP reckons it is normal family tiredness. He did the eyelid check and said I am not anaemic. But I pestered him and I am having a fasting blood test for diabetes and blood tests for anaemia and thyroid problems.

gibbberish Sun 05-Jul-09 13:13:32

Seems like an underactive thyroid is quite common!

kayzr, that's good that you are getting tests done.

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