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Old 05-18-11, 01:04 PM   #1
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Why am I so tired

I seem less tired when I bike to work, despite consuming more energy.

Speaking of consuming, I was worn out Thursday, and haven't biked since; a week later, my intake has dropped back to normal levels, and I'm ... tired. Very tired. Leaving work early tired. Tired on the order that it's been a profoundly slow day for everyone else in my building.

Should this happen?

Other oddness includes finding out that running up 4 flights of stairs is far easier than walking up them.
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I would have my blood sugar checked?!!
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Old 05-18-11, 03:29 PM   #3
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I seem less tired when I bike to work, despite consuming more energy.

Speaking of consuming, I was worn out Thursday, and haven't biked since; a week later, my intake has dropped back to normal levels, and I'm ... tired. Very tired. Leaving work early tired. Tired on the order that it's been a profoundly slow day for everyone else in my building.

Should this happen?
If you're riding hard enough to increase fitness you need scheduled rest days, weeks, and months or you'll be both slow and tired.

There are also limits to how much training stress you can rack up relative to your current fitness over short time periods and how fast you can ramp overall training stress. Overdoing either will leave you slow and tired.
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Old 05-18-11, 03:43 PM   #4
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I seem less tired when I bike to work, despite consuming more energy.

Speaking of consuming, I was worn out Thursday, and haven't biked since; a week later, my intake has dropped back to normal levels, and I'm ... tired. Very tired. Leaving work early tired. Tired on the order that it's been a profoundly slow day for everyone else in my building.
Sounds like you need to get on your bicycle and ride more.

Cycling can increase the metabolism and give you energy ... endorphins, etc. It can make you feel less sluggish. But when you feel really tired, it is hard to be motivated to ride, so sometimes you just have to tell yourself to get on that bicycle and go. Most times, you'll be glad you did ... you'll feel better for it.

Try to get a little bit of exercise every day ... go for a walk at lunch, walk around the building at coffee breaks, walk around the block on the weekends ... just to get the blood flowing. Sitting at a computer all day long, or in meetings, makes a person feel sleepy. Getting up and going for a 5-10 minute walk can clear the head and make work more productive.

5-6 days a week, do a bit more exercise like cycling to and from work or going for a longer ride on the weekend.

But listen to your body. If you start a ride and just don't feel like doing it, don't do it. Take a day or two off, and then start again.

Drink lots during the day. Stay well hydrated. Remember those 8 glasses of water we were told to drink ... aim to do that at least, and a little bit more if you're sweating lots during cycling. If you feel sleepy at work, get up and get yourself a glass of water ... and drink it.

And ... get more sleep!
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I would have my blood sugar checked?!!
Yes, get a blood test to look for diabetes or anemia.

Don't mess with this 'cause both if left untreated can be fatal.
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If you're able to run up 4 flights of stairs, you're not dying.
Ride more but don't overdo it. Like Machka said.
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Having a doctor run some tests is the first place to start with this.
There's a number of serious health problems that make you feel tired all the time.
There's also a whole bunch of minor ones, but don't play with the little ones until you eliminate the big ones first.

And don't think that just because you can run up four flights of stairs you must be healthy. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Fixx

Your doctor may opine that you have low risk of a certain condition, but (at least in the USA) if you want a certain medical test anyway, they should arrange it for you.
If they don't--tell them you are going to go find another doctor who will, and then do that instead.
There is nothing wrong with taking an "unnecessary" medical test and having it come back negative; there is a lot wrong with being told that you must wait to take it until they think it will come back positive.

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See your entry on my "Frustrated" post and do the same

Anything set you off recently? Co-worker? Family? Overload on activities? Any kind of stress even in small doses builds up to exhaustion.

Sometimes your body just says, "I've had enough for now" or "I'm bored" and goes on a mini vacation. Rest up. If you aren't feeling better in another week or so and it's unusual for you, see a doc.

Change anything? Medication, foods, diet? If you are into suppliments, make sure everything works together, specially if you take meds. Don't ask how I know.


Let us know how you are doing.
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By all means, consult with a healthcare provider if you feel the need. Never the wrong thing to do.
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Yeah, get a medical check up ....

And then .....

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I seem less tired when I bike to work, despite consuming more energy.
Start biking to work every day.


I doubt the OP is suffering from a medical condition (although it doesn't hurt to check that). I suspect he needs to exercise more, drink more (water), and sleep more.


I know if I get less than about 6.5 hours of sleep a night, I spend my afternoons nodding off in meetings and over my computer.
If I don't drink regularly and lots ... I spend my afternoons nodding off in meetings and over my computer.
And if I don't get up about once an hour and walk around ... sometimes short walks, sometimes longer ... I spend my afternoons nodding off in meetings and over my computer.

Any one of those things can leave me feeling incredibly and almost unbelievably tired by about 2 pm ... a combination of 2 or more, and I'm a zombie for the afternoon.

But as soon as I start feeling that way, I can't very well nap (as much as I'd like to), but I can get up and get a tall glass of water, and I can go for a little walk around the building (inside or, even better, outside) and those things help. Then that night I need to get to bed at a time where I can get more than 6.5 hours of sleep.

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See your doctor and have a physical. If everything is OK, keep riding.
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