A to Z Challenge | T is for Tired 4

Day 20 of my mental health themed A to Z Challenge is T for tired.


I’ve already talked about how your energy can be affected by your mental health in the E post of the challenge. In this post I’m going to talk about how being tired can be a constant presence in our battle for good mental health.

Tired: Not enough sleep

Just lately I haven’t been sleeping well. I’m feeling quite anxious at the moment and this has been affecting my sleeping patterns. I can feel tired all day and then when I get into bed I suddenly feel wide awake. I will lay there for a couple of hours wondering why I don’t feel sleepy and getting frustrated that I’m not asleep.

I’ve also been waking up early. The sun has been streaming through the window and the birds have been singing loudly. It’s hard to feel happy and positive about the seasons moving to spring and summer when you’re tired and grumpy. And once I’m awake, I’m awake (although I don’t get up, I’m just annoyed that I’m awake.)

I’ve always been someone that needs lots of sleep. So even though I’m not awake all night and this has only been going on for a week I really feel exhausted.

Tired: Too much sleep

Depression can make you feel tired too. It drains your energy, hampers your ability to get up in the morning and causes you to sleep a lot. But however much you sleep it never feels enough.

I’m okay, just tired

If someone asks you how you are you might say you’re okay, just tired. And that might be because you haven’t had enough sleep or might be that you’ve slept lots but still feel like you need more. It might also be that you’re tired of battling negative thoughts, tired of battling social anxiety to leave the house or tired because of the side effects of your antidepressants.



I don’t know how true this quote is! Milly is a massive boost to my mental health but she steals the covers! Here’s some other ‘Tired’ tips:

The 4-7-8 breathing technique

Some tips to sleep well with anxiety

15 effective ways to improve your sleep

7 ways to fight morning anxiety (another reason for a morning routine!)


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4 thoughts on “A to Z Challenge | T is for Tired

  • beetleypete

    I’m not convinced that having a dog on the bed is good for sleeping, so I have never done that.
    Sleep patterns vary naturally, and of course depression can make that worse. I find that physical exercise makes it easier to sleep longer, as well as having a very dark room. (No street lights in Beetley, and dark curtains to keep out the early sunlight.)
    There is probably no quick fix to a good sleep though, as it is one of the biggest issues in the whole country.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • LaurenEph Post author

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this Pete. I think last summer I used an eye mask so I need to find another one.

  • lorigg

    I had exercise and routine recommended to help deal with erratic sleep and to help reduce the tired feeling that drags through the day. I can’t try the dog option as DH is allergic.