The Most Likely Reasons Why You’re Always So Tired—and What You Can Do About It

By Elizabeth Yuko, July 12, 2021

When describing feelings of tiredness, we tend to use the terms “sleepiness” and “fatigue” interchangeably, but Alex Dimitriu, M.D., double board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine and the founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine, stresses that these are actually two different things. “Definitions are important, and splitting the hair between ‘fatigue’ and ‘sleepiness’ is essential, and something I do every day in my work as a psychiatrist and sleep specialist,” he says. Sleepiness, Dr. Dimitriu explains, “is the easy one,” noting that “people who are sleepy would often say they could fall asleep or take a nap at some time during the day.” Problems with both the quality and quantity of a person’s sleep lead to sleepiness. 

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