Tl;Dr at the bottom.
I’ve seen a lot of people over my time on this forum (and 2020 in general) ask why they’re still tired, or complain about it, and I have some answers for you. They might not be your answers, or issues you feel you’re facing, this is more a generalized thing to look into if you feel it can apply to you.
I’m not here to talk about the physical symptoms of sleep apnea all that much, but rather psychology.
You see. We are, to put it in a tired phrase, in unprecedented times. There’s a global pandemic, there are protests in many countries, unemployment has hit hard in a lot of countries, homelessness, and several frightful elections across the globe.
We are currently going through something called “collective trauma”, a trauma experience experienced by a lot of people, and it’s reshaping a lot of aspects in our daily lives. There are new things we have to think about concerning staying healthy, hygiene, food, etc. We have to think about the routes we take, where will there be fewer people, is it rush hour, when before, we’d just go.
And I think it’s true for many that we’re worrying more than ever about the people we love.
This alone is mentally draining, and can cause a lot of fatigue and exhaustion, and if you’re already prone to depression and/or anxiety, it’s even worse.
Psychological things, whether they’re diagnosed issues, or something like burnout or seasonal and situational depression, can cause fatigue and exhaustion.
It’s difficult for your mind to cope with everything that is happening right now, and everything that has happened. And while we’re now seeing a slight light at the end of the tunnel, we’ve been in a pandemic for a year, and it takes a toll.
Not to mention, some of you may feel sad or disheartened, or depressed, that you have sleep apnea. A potentially life-long condition depending on what can or cannot be done to ease the symptoms.
Especially those of you just starting out with treatment, since you’re sleep deprived.
And sleep deprivation in the first place can cause depression and anxiety, and weight gain and other health issues, and some may be sad over said weight gain and health issues.
So, there is a slew of issues going on, a lot of it affecting our mental health, not just those with sleep apnea, but millions, billions of people.
Anything that negatively (and sometimes positively) affect your mental health has the chance of draining energy, or even making sure you don’t have any energy to begin with, since it’ll follow you to sleep if it’s severe enough.
Things that may cause fatigue:
- Physical issues
- Psychological issues
- A global pandemic
- Societal issues
An incomplete list, but something to take into consideration. There are ways to cope with the psychological aspect of all of this. And some of them are meditation, routine, eliminating stress factors (if you doomscroll or watch the news too much, or engage in discourse. A messy living space can also cause stress, and self care isn’t always fun, sometimes it’s doing the dishes.)
A healthy diet and exercise can also help, though I understand that’s difficult for a lot of people.
Life isn’t easy, and it can wear you down. But a fact of life is that better times are coming. It goes up and down and up and down no matter who or where you are. Better times, maybe not a better mood, but certainly better times (though… when, I cannot say).
I hope this helps someone, and that you can consider what I’ve written and see if you feel it can apply to you and your fatigue.
Best wishes to you all!
You might still be tired because of the general state of the world and other psychological issues both related and separate from Sleep apnea. Take some time to see if you’re in a lowered state of mind and see if there is anything you can do to ease sadness and/or depression.