You’re tired because…you have hemochromatosis
Nearly 10 percent of the Caucasian population carries a genetic marker for this condition, which causes the body to store too much iron. In addition to fatigue and weakness, hemochromatosis can also cause joint pain, stomach upset, depression, liver disease, heart trouble, and diabetes, according to hemochromatosis.org, a patient advocacy and information site. While people are born with the condition, symptoms often don’t become obvious until people reach their 50s and 60s. Doctors can test for the condition using various blood screens; if you have any combination of these signs, talk to your primary care physician about being tested. Hemochromatosis happens to be one of the 11 diseases doctors are most likely to miss.
How much sleep do you need?
You feel like you’re always going to bed early, but when your alarm goes off, it’s hard to open your eyes and you’re in a fog all day. You may feel like no matter how much sleep you’re getting, you’re still tired. But how do you know how much sleep you need?
How much sleep you need varies by age. While newborns under three-months-old may need up to 19 hours of sleep and adults over 65 may need as little as five hours, most adults need about seven to nine hours of sleep a night, according to the National Sleep Foundation. While not getting enough sleep can hurt your health in these sneaky ways, oversleeping and constantly being tired can be a sign of a problem.
What’s best, according to Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, an internist who specializes in sleep, fibromyalgia, and pain, is to sleep the amount of time that leaves you feeling the best. “If you are needing more than 10 hours of sleep to feel restored, however, then that suggests that your sleep quality is poor and needs to be addressed,” he says.
If you’re getting enough sleep on a good schedule or are even oversleeping and still feel tired, it could be a sign of health problems.