Fatigue every afternoon - How can I get more energy?

Posted by jmorris58 @jmorris58, Dec 18, 2022

I am 75 and am very tired every afternoon. I need a two hour nap. My blood work is good. Any comments that can help me get more energy?

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Hello @jmorris58, Welcome to Connect. I had some similar symptoms of being tired later in the day a few years ago and during a doctor's appointment for another problem, the doctor asked me if I snored a lot.🙂 I answered yes and the doctor setup an appointment for a sleep test which determined I had sleep apnea. It took me over a year of using a CPAP before I started noticing I had more energy during the day which I'm sure was due to sleeping better. Here is an article on the topic you might find helpful for suggestions:

— Self-help tips to fight tiredness:
https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/sleep-and-tiredness/self-help-tips-to-fight-fatigue/

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@johnbishop

Hello @jmorris58, Welcome to Connect. I had some similar symptoms of being tired later in the day a few years ago and during a doctor's appointment for another problem, the doctor asked me if I snored a lot.🙂 I answered yes and the doctor setup an appointment for a sleep test which determined I had sleep apnea. It took me over a year of using a CPAP before I started noticing I had more energy during the day which I'm sure was due to sleeping better. Here is an article on the topic you might find helpful for suggestions:

— Self-help tips to fight tiredness:
https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/sleep-and-tiredness/self-help-tips-to-fight-fatigue/

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thank you so much. I will follow up with my doctor.

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I'm 71 and am done by 3 pm…think it's just age…good luck !

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Hi jmorris58!
I'm so sorry to hear about your problems with fatigue! I'm 76 and have fatigue problems if I don't take my iron tablets twice a day and drink Gatorade. It's good for balancing your electrolytes which we all need at any age. I also eat a lot of foods with iron in them: spinach, good quality red meat such as Allen Brothers, beans, eggs, and yogurt. Getting a good night's rest also helps in a comfortable bed. It is important to make a doctor's appointment just to be sure everything is working properly. If something is wrong with your body, no matter how insignificant, that can make you tired also. I hope things work out for you. I'll say a prayer for you.
Good luck and Merry Christmas!
PML

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@casey1329

I'm 71 and am done by 3 pm…think it's just age…good luck !

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@casey1329
I am 78 and agree that age is the most significant factor. We are living longer, less active, retiring sooner and think we're 50. I have a lights-out switch on my butt. If I sit and relax I will nod off.

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I’m 67 & if I don’t recharge with a short nap or rest: I’m a wreck!

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@mazeppabob

@casey1329
I am 78 and agree that age is the most significant factor. We are living longer, less active, retiring sooner and think we're 50. I have a lights-out switch on my butt. If I sit and relax I will nod off.

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Oh Bob, Thanks for the laugh when you said "I have a lights-out switch on my butt. If I sit and relax I will nod off."
I know a lot of folks like that, just not me. Instead I have a "paralysis switch" on my recliner sofa – once I sit down there (usually to watch the local news) my active day is over! I even covered the spot with a pillow, but it didn't help. I'm thinking of rearranging the furniture to get that out of the room, but I hate sitting on the cold, hard floor.
Sue

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@mazeppabob

@casey1329
I am 78 and agree that age is the most significant factor. We are living longer, less active, retiring sooner and think we're 50. I have a lights-out switch on my butt. If I sit and relax I will nod off.

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Join the crowd of " lights out" somewhat elderly people.. I'm approaching 85 and this year it hit me . I must be getting old ? HOWEVER IF I HAVE MY garage projects going ( woodworking) then I'm wide awake and just charge on; wide awake.. —KEEP MOVING!! John in Palm Springs

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I am 87 and I have to have a rest/sleep every afternoon

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I’m 77 and after lunch I really get sleepy but I have insomnia so I don’t dare take naps. Like “approaching 86” said, keep moving, be engaged in something so dog walks, puzzle, word games or Bible study with a friend gets me through that period of time.

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