Morning Fatigue: Causes and Remedies

· March 2, 2015

Has this ever happened to you before?  You woke up in the morning and you felt so tired, you were even in a bad mood and didn’t feel like facing the day.  It’s true that resting well throughout the night is absolutely indispensable, but morning fatigue is actually caused by something else. Would you like to know more?

If you’ve slept enough, it’s not normal to wake up tired. According to experts, repeated morning fatigue can be a symptom of certain diseases, and is therefore something that you should mention to your doctor.  We are going to explain what the various causes could be.

Morning fatigue: symptoms

Remnants of tiredness

  • Possible dizzines when getting up from bed.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Vague muscular pain.
  • Gastrointestinal discomfort.
  • Chills.
  • Low blood pressure in the mornings (Hypotension)
  • Dryness in the eyes.
  • Extreme tiredness that improves as the morning goes on

Possible causes of morning fatigue

Prolonged morning fatigue isn’t an illness in itself, but rather a sign that something isn’t working well in the body.  You are incapable of recovering and you don’t have enough energy to live up to your obligations.  We all know that not sleeping enough is generally the most common cause, but we’re going to dive into other aspects that could lead to further health complications. It is also important that, in order to truly relate with the following aspects we are going to talk about, that the morning fatigue be persistent.  This means that it happens for at least 2 consecutive weeks.

1. Cardiac problems

Heart care

Doctors generally say that the first few hours of the morning are the most dangerous. 

They frequently talk about the so-called “syncope” caused by low blood pressure, which occurs due to reduced blood circulation to the brain.  So you need to be aware.  If your morning fatigue continues every day, and you notice that you barely have enough energy or you feel slightly dizzy, see your doctor immediately.

2. Hormonal problems: Hypothyroidism

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Whenever suffering from hypothyroidism, the body has a deficiency of thyroid hormones which changes the body’s functions.  This lack of hormones make the metabolism slower, which lowers one’s performance capabilities.  You will feel tired and apathetic, and it’s common that this feeling of fatigue be more pronounced during the mornings.

3. Emotional problems

Simple depression

Experts frequently say that the way you face your mornings is a reflection of your physical and emotional health.  At that moment, you have in front of you a work day, your work, taking care of the kids, living up to your obligations...if your emotional state isn’t at optimum levels, any sort of effort could become a huge mountain.

Depression is usually marked by muscular pain and extreme fatigue, apathy, and general sadness.  One of the most difficult moments is undoubtedly the morning, when you wake up.

4. Incorrect nutrition, extreme diets

Extreme diets

You need to be careful with diets.  Sometimes people decide to follow very strict dietary plans, which ends up creating a very severe nutritional imbalance.  This could create metabolic imbalances that are so pronounced that they are capable of causing anything from fainting spells, hydroelectrolyte disorders with sodium and potassium, which could end up causing heart problems, arrhythmia, and even heart attacks.  You need to keep this in mind.

Fighting morning fatigue


  • First off, keep track of whether you feel morning fatigue for at least two weeks; if so, contact your doctor.  This could be some sort of previously diagnosed disease: a cardiac problem, hypotension, arrhythmia…
  • Take care of yourself emotionally.  If, when waking up, you don’t feel like facing the day and you’d like to stay in bed all day, ask yourself why.  Face your problems, find emotional support in your family, friends.  Get excited for each new day.  Peace and happiness is the greatest energy in existence for fighting fatigue.
  • Be careful with the diets you follow.  Make sure you don’t lack any nutrients, that you’re eating a varied diet, and that you’re always well hydrated.
  • Never forget breakfast.  This is one of the most important moments of the day, which will provide you with enough energy to fight fatigue.  Include fruit and fiber in your diet.  Don’t drink cow’s milk, and substitute it with plant-based milk.  Eat fiber, like oatmeal, apples with the peel, strawberries or blueberries, and nuts, which also provide energy and improve moods.
  • Get your things ready the night before, so that when you wake up in the morning you have everything ready and all you need to do is peacefully eat breakfast.
  • Drink infusions made from ginseng, ginger, or maca, at least three times a week with breakfast.  They provide vitality, energy, and strengthen the body physically.
  • Follow a schedule in your life.  Always eat at the same time, rest 8 hours a day, take time for yourself, walk for at least half an hour to get some sun...and as previously mentioned, consult your doctor about any abnormal symptom.