Tired

Do you ever get tired? I don’t mean because you worked hard in the garden, or didn’t sleep too well last night.

I get tired now. Bone tired, exhausted. Mostly from doing very little. A couple of hours dog-walking. Sorting out the evening meal.

How tiring can that be? Well, quite a lot, apparently.

Age and tiredness seem to go hand-in-hand. Everything I do feels exhausting now.

That might be just cutting the grass, or buying the ‘big shop’ at the local supermarket.

How did this happen? Where did it come from?

Okay, I am 69 years old. Far from ‘ancient’, in the 21st century.

Whatever the reason, I am still tired.

And often completely worn out too.

I have to say that I don’t like it that much, but I will have to learn to live with it.

Undoubtedly.

78 thoughts on “Tired

    1. It’s a strange tiredness. Nothing like being tired after doing physical stuff, or because of not much sleep. It’s a ‘whole-body and mind’ tiredness that seems to be unrelieved by a good night’s sleep. I’m hoping better weather might help, if we ever get any. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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      1. I echo the others who suggest a blood workup, Pete. If that shows up clear.. then don’t hesitate getting a little mental tune up with a professional. We (meaning those our age) have at least six things we are wrestling with emotionally..

        1. The idea we are not going to live forever. Boomers were supposed to last forever.
        2. The loss of relevancy and contributing to society, This is important if there’s been a career of serving others, which you’ve had, and the loss of satisfaction in doing that work; a loss of self-esteem.
        3. Friends, companions, work buddies we once valued have drifted away, succumbed to various medical maladies and are confined, or have passed away… thus added to some measure of feeling alone (differs from loneliness).
        4. Your own physical maladies are now showing up as limitations on enjoying what’s left of life.
        5. Feeling we have an entire life of experiences we want to convey to others, especially the young, but no one listens to old people.
        …and of course….
        6. The damn pandemic itself. The fear of getting it because we fit all the health risks… the complete and udder sadness in seeing friends and family die all alone from this thing… and having to take the precautions as our society closed up around us.

        Now… this isn’t to suggest any of us old farts are suffering from all or any of these to cause us some level of emotional grief, but I just toss it out there (I do feel a few of these things creeping in myself).

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        1. Thanks for your thoughts and ideas, Doug. I could certainly do with getting out of Beetley. It is over 9 months since I went anywhere other than the local town for shopping, and over a year since I saw any family and friends other than Julie.
          And I have lost friends of course, even one who died of Covid in May 2020. It all leaves a lot of brain activity going on, which probably accounts for too many dreams, and some unsettled nights.
          Best wishes, Pete.

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  1. As he said in Raiders of the Lost Ark, “It’s not the age, it’s the mileage.” You might want the doctor to check your levels that I mentioned in my post this morning. Could be the culprit.

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  2. Pete.. FYI… it is 1130hrs here in CA on 5/13. The CDC has just announced that people fully vaccined are NOT required to wear a mask indoor or outdoor.
    While good news, I remain wary. Time will tell.

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  3. Hi Pete, 69 is not old. I had blood tests and am on levothyrine but I still get very tired in the day, but I have an excuse, I’m ten years older than you! I sleep after meals but I’m sure the problem is not having enough to do – nothing to look forward to. no excitement. no dog.
    I think I’m going to find some sort of voluntary work when this pandemic is over. Just shopping and making meals is not stimulating enough.
    The computer is no substitute for human contact.

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    1. I did voluntary work when I first moved here to Norfolk, Julie. I installed smoke alarms for the Fire Brigade, and gave fire safety talks to schools and elderly groups. I also taught Cycling Safety at the local junior school. I gave those up when they kept asking for more and more time, and became a guide at the Dereham Windmill instead. But when I got vertigo, I had to stop doing that. Choose your voluteering carefully, as there are some organisations that really do take undue advantage of a ‘willing horse’.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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        1. Interestingly enough, I volunteered to be a ‘Reading mentor’ at the local library. I got a quite offensive refusal, saying that ‘Older men are not encouraged to be around children aged 8-14. We prefer someone younger, prerferably under 25. Thanks for your interest’. You can imagine how that made me feel. I am sure they will take older women though, Julie.
          Best wishes, Pete.

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  4. Alas, with the MS I fatigue badly….last night slid off a chair and couldnโ€™t get back up, core muscles way too fatigued, fortunately got help from a mate, and after resting for an hour, managed to get moving again. Aaargh…but I have to get used to it. I was wiped out for days after the first, Covid vaccine, but the second was fine. Phew

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    1. Glad to hear you were able to get help, Sue. I am wondering if this recent fatigue of mine might be a reaction to the vaccine injections. I will see if it goes away soon.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  5. My tiredness is from lack of sleep…..pain keeps me up and reading…..I stay pretty busy both mentally and physically…..so I usually know why I am tired….old age does seem to creep up on us chuq

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  6. Hi – don’t forget that one day of week of mini sprinting can maybe help – and it might be a time to supplement with a good b vitamin (like Jarrow’s B Right) and a good coq10.
    But do think about how sometimes the less we do the less our body needs to do (if that makes sense)
    And a while ago I was reading about “Wilson’s syndrome” ((need to find the book that had it)) and some patients needed to move more – do more
    Just my two cents but I also know the body ages and energy might go down (check out marks daily apple blog for more on the sprints)

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    1. Thanks for the tips. I do move around quite a lot, much more than most people I know. Dog-walking makes that compulsory. ๐Ÿ™‚
      I will investigate your recommendations, though I am not sure about the sprinting. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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      1. Hi Pete – well i plan to blog a bit the sprinting later this year –
        Because I might not have explained it very well – and I have only been doing my own since April but my husband has been doing them for a few years and they are easy – take under 20 minutes you can take 10 days review time in between the next session – and just so good for the body
        – also – it can be done at a mild level (like mine was this week) or can have more robust sprints

        Anyhow – i think many of us forget that mike exercise can energize – and like stagnant water can be cesspool of ilk – our blood and oxygen flow need that moving to clear it ((and again I am sure you know all thai$

        Another thing that I highly suggest folks consider is that jarrow b right – or another b complex (or the wonderful NAC) because we eat so much Fran corn fed meat or food that is not grown i good soil – and so the b-vitamins are bite there like they used to be and that helps give us fuel –
        And then the enzymes / like I thought coq10 was a fad – but we stop making it after a certain age and wow – did I notice a difference with taking a good coq10 (and did not know it was anti parasitic –

        Okay enough From me
        Thank for your gra iud reply

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  7. It is the steady regression back to childhood, the ultimate end coming as you have to wear nappies again and everything is done for you!
    But worry not, your tiredness puts you in your teenage years, possibly early 20’s student phase of life, so you have a way to go yet ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Omg same… I am exhausted! But then I look at my kid who can run up and down a giant hill catching a ball no problem! It’s definitely age! Sadly I’m feeling mine ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ˜ณ

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  9. My mom has since passed, but every time I visited her assisted living center, there was such a large percentage of people sleeping. Eating and sleeping were the two predominant activities. (Hopefully, not at the same time.)

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    1. I almost never sleep other than at bedtime, Pete. But one day last week I went to bed in the afternoon and slept for three hours. Might be a reaction to the AZ vaccine.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  10. Hey Pete! Getting short naps–power breaks–helps. It is a side-effect of the COVID vaccine. As your body is practising battle tactics against a new enemy, it is natural to feel worn out. You may be doing nothing, but your body is. Meanwhile, you ARE 69. Get a rosary, I say! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

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  11. Yes, age can be a factor. I do have less stamina the older I get. However, what you are experiencing can be related to things such as diet, or all the sorts of things those recommending blood tests suspect. FRF could be right, it may have to do with seasonal factors. Alas, it could even be psychological. I do recall you had an experience with statins, tThis could be the permanent effects of that. But, check with a physician to see if it can be nailed down. Best of luck. Warnest regard, Theo

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    1. Thanks, Theo. Yes, I am feeling my age, that’s true. The Statins reduced most muscle strength in my upper body, so I no longer even attempt very strenuous things. I have to pay someone to do those. It could be many different things making me feel tired, it might even be the extra ‘screen time’ I have put in since the lockdowns.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. I am out walking for a couple of hours every day, admittedly. But it is all ‘flat walking’ around here, no real effort with hills or even ‘inclines’. Probably just getting old, John. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  12. Iโ€™m the most tired when Iโ€™m in a sour mood but recently I found out Iโ€™m low on vitamin D? So They put me on some supplements and I have more energy not great but better! Get checked! C

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  13. I agree with Robin that you should have some routine lab tests done. Hormonal influxes run monthly and not just for women! You are active and young. Check yourself out. I’m anemic and when it goes into action, I can hardly move.

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  14. I am always tired from 5pm until 9pm, then I get all untired again and can’t sleep until gone midnight even though I don’t nap! Bonkers! Maybe when the weather improves (don’t laugh) and things start being a bit more ‘normal’ you will feel invigorated. It’s been an exhaustiing year mentally.

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    1. I have been going to bed a lot earlier lately, (10:30 pm) and sleeping unti 7 am. But some days I still feel tired, even after that decent sleep. I’m wondering if it is some kind of ‘post-covid’ syndrome, even though I wasn’t aware of having it.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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        1. I went on the website to register. Got halfway, and this came up.

          ‘Are you currently in work?
          This will help us understand how coronavirus is affecting people in different industries.

          This means if you’re in work at the moment, not on a leave of absence (for example, on maternity or paternity leave, sick leave or furlough).

          Yes and I work from home
          Yes and I travel to work
          No
          Warning! If you answer โ€œnoโ€, please do not continue. Only specific groups are currently eligible for antibody test kits and so unfortunately we cannot offer you a test at this time.
          Continue’

          I was unable to continue to register for a kit, as I am not working.
          Thanks anyway. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Don’t be discouraged by my comments…I have a lot of physical issues. Someone suggested you should get a blood test…certainly worth doing as it may be just a matter of upping your iron…I have had experience with that too. I also suffer from depression, and tiredness is part of the package, as I am sure you know. Best wishes. Feel better.

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  15. Yup! I was very tired for about a week after my first Covid vaccination. I believe in cat naps. If I get tired, and I often do, I have a quick nap for 15 to 30 minutes and Iยดm good to go again.

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