One in eight of us is ‘tired all the time’

Do you wake up feeling like you’ve barely had a minute’s sleep, and fuel your days with coffee? Has the last time you felt fully rested faded out of memory? If so, you’re not alone.

According to the NHS, feeling exhausted is so common that it has its own acronym, ‘TATT’, or ‘tired all the time’, and a new YouGov survey reveals that 13% of Britons exist in a state of constant exhaustion.

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Another quarter (25%) report feeling weary ‘most of the time’, while a further third (33%) feel knackered ‘about half of the time’. While it might sound all too believable, this is alarming news, given that sleep deprivation can have profound impacts on your health,

According to the NHS, regular poor sleep puts you at risk of serious medical conditions, including obesitycoronary heart disease and diabetes – and it shortens your life expectancy.

Unsurprisingly, parents of younger children are more likely to say they often feel tired. Around a fifth (22%) of parents of at least one child under 18 say they feel tired all the time, compared with 8% of parents of children over 18, and 13% of Britons who are not parents.

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Mothers are also more likely to feel exhausted than fathers – 26% of mums of a child under 18 say they feel tired all the time, compared with 18% of fathers.

In fact, it seems women as a whole are more tired than men, with three in five women saying they feel tired when they wake up, even when they get a lot of sleep, while around half of men who say the same.

If you are feeling tired all the time, then read this comprehensive guide to improving your sleep and boosting energy levels, put together by Michael Breus, aka The Sleep Doctor, and fitness expert Stacey Griffith. We’ve also spoken to a sleep expert, Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, who gave us tips on the best ways to beat common sleep problems. And of course, if you have an unexplained loss of energy, it’s never a bad idea to visit your GP.