I spent years being utterly exhausted, surviving on caffeine and catnaps. I made a lot of assumptions about why I was tired:
- I was stressed. Running my own business, going through a divorce, and having medically complex children equals stress. No wonder I’m tired!
- I was fat. I”m not quite sure why I thought this was a cause for exhaustion, but being overweight seems often to be the stated cause of any health problem.
- I take an SSRI for depression, which can cause tiredness.
So, I just powered through. No point in complaining about what can’t be fixed, right?
Finally, on a routine physical exam, I told my doctor how tired I was. While he agreed that my stress level was high, he wanted to check it out more thoroughly and sent me to a sleep clinic.
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