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Is it normal...

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Marshall, Nov 16, 2019.

  1. Marshall

    Marshall Star commenter

    ...to feel abnormally tired so much of the time?

    I go bed really early - 7 to 8pm and then sleep until the same time next morning. The first couple of hours (or so) involve me dozing then its sleep. I don't even read which was my normal routine.

    I may have asked this before so apologies.
  2. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    You have been under a hell of a lot of stress for a long period of time.

    You are now recovering and your body is taking time to adjust

    In time you will resume your normal patterns and you will not feel so tired.

    I haven't been through the trauma you have but I have been through a long period of stress followed by a period of recovery and I seem to remember I slept a lot as well. During the time when I was going through it I suffered terrible insomnia and being able to sleep properly again was a blessing.

    Give it time !
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  3. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    I've felt absolutely knackered for years and years but no physiological reason has been found for it.

    In your case, could this not be a natural result of bereavement? And a reaction to the difficult circumstances you've had to deal with for a long time?
  4. TheOracleAtDelphi

    TheOracleAtDelphi Established commenter

    What peakster said :)

    You have been through an enormously difficult time both professionally and personally and I imagine your batteries have been running on empty for a very long time...think of this as a recharging period...
  5. primarycat

    primarycat Star commenter

    Wot Peakster said!

    I think you've probably functioned without enough sleep for a very long time. And grief is exhausting too. It's bound to hit you.

    And snap @TheOracleAtDelphi!
  6. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    I agree it may be your body's way of adjusting and recovering after the stress of the past year. After all sleep is known to be important in recovery.

    However it may also be symptomatic of an underlying problem., which has been masked by recent circumstances, Most bereaved people find they have problems sleeping / staying asleep, not the other way around. Underactive thyroid for example causes tiredness and a host of other minor things, so it may be worthwhile booking a Drs visit and doing some blood tests to rule anything else out.
  7. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    I sleep a lot. I must be a cat.
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  8. primarycat

    primarycat Star commenter

    Was that a picture of you on the problem page that was so handsome then?
  9. silkywave

    silkywave Lead commenter

    You are probably very,very tired after the time you have had. Or else you are turning into a dormouse! The cold and winter make us sleepy.
    Can’t blame teaching anymore. I used to sleep solidly for the first week of any school holiday.
  10. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter

    Right now? Yes.

    Don't try and 'get back to normal' (whatever that new normal is) too quickly. You need time to grieve, recover, process everything that's happened, and 'be where you are'.

    However, it might be useful to get a blood test done for things like Vit D, Vit B, magnesium, O2 levels etc. I guess you could be pretty run down and might need to boost some of the essentials. Also, if you can, get out once a day for a walk and some daylight.
  11. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    Yes, it’s normal after a tumultuous time. Give yourself time to recover.
  12. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    It may take as long as a year before everything returns to normal.
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  13. Over_the_hill

    Over_the_hill Star commenter

    You have been through so much Marshall. Time to listen to your body and be kind to yourself. Xx
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  14. Doitforfree

    Doitforfree Star commenter

    I could sleep for England. I'm permanently tired. I think it's my age because although I'm tired I can do everything, so it's kind of like I have the energy at the same time as being knackered, if that makes sense. You've had a huge amount of stress for a long time. I'd be supposed if you WEREN'T tired!
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  15. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    Your mind and emotions are exhausted.
    No different from when your body is exhausted: you need rest.
  16. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    yes , normal! look after yourself, healthy food, sensible exercise level. Lot of sleep
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  17. Sundaytrekker

    Sundaytrekker Star commenter

    Agree with all of them. You’re exhausted and learning to cope with a new normal. However, if energy levels don’t begin to pick up over the next few weeks it would be worth getting a check up.
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  18. smurphy6

    smurphy6 Lead commenter

    Your mind is giving you a rest. You are adjusting to your new normal and as others have said it is tiring. I also agree your brain and body are healing from the last few years of continued and sustained stress.

    my very warmest wishes to you, your dear hubby would be proud of you.
  19. lunarita

    lunarita Senior commenter

    In my experience grief can do this.
    I saw it as a kind of respite - while you're sleeping you're not suffering.

    Take it as part of the natural process and if you're otherwise healthy physically, don't worry about it.
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  20. towncryer

    towncryer Lead commenter

    Are you in a position where you can get away for a while.?
    A break away from your normal surroundings...preferab;y in the sun and away from your normal routine might really help.

    Other than that, what everyone else has said.
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