Tired of being tired

I’m so tired all the time. I’ve a sneaking suspicion this has to do with the weather, as pollen has permeated every breath I take for a couple of months now. When I’m not in the Georgia air, I am traveling–and traveling makes me tired, too.

When I first started taking Petadolex and rid myself of Zonegran, I was happily shocked at the energy boost I felt. “Wow,” thought I, “turns out it’s not normal to want to take a nap ALL THE TIME.” I wanted to do things; I cleaned the house without complaint while blasting music or This American Life (my life’s blood).

But recently I’ve become tired again. In the last week, I’ve attempted to go to bed at the same time each night and rise at the same time each morning. Maybe I’m getting too much sleep at once? (In a week I’ve not yet avoided my obnoxious pattern of waking up in the 3-5 AM range–grr.) I get up and at ’em and have even been getting exercise recently. Seems like the new me would be ready and rarin’ to go.

But no. I just want to close my eyes. Is it working on the computer? Maybe, but not being on the computer doesn’t guarantee wakefulness. Instead of my long walks resulting in an energy boost, I want to curl my sweaty self up on the couch and doze off for awhile. Driving makes me tired. Reading makes me tired. Walking makes me tired. Immobility makes me tired.

What to do?

Oh! One more thing. Maybe this nugget is my savior, the piece of the puzzle that will soon right itself and make it so I can live energetically again. I cut out caffeine completely about two weeks ago. I had cut down a lot and was only having caffeinated coffee when headachey or (in one case) slightly hungover. But after one cup I’d switch to decaf (a la my parents).

Now I’m clean, kids. I’M CLEAN! But I’m tired. The boost that caffeine provides is brief, I know, so having a cup of joe is not the solution.

I ingest six BILLION* pills of riboflavin (B2) each day and take my multivitamin in the morning. I have been eating breakfast, including delicious fruit smoothies and chock-full-o-goodness juices and snacks.

What gives? Does anyone see something obvious happening that would explain my sleepiness, my laziness? Am I missing the obvious or am I doomed to a sleepy existence forever!?

* or so it seems

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