I'm always tired. How do I not be tired?

Sounds stupid, but I'm serious. Every since I can remember my energy level has been low. I can drink a ton of coffee and still feel lethargic. Caffeine will sometimes give me a short burst of energy but never a sustained boost. Even when I get a "normal" night's sleep, I still have trouble making it through the day without dying for a nap. I had blood tests done to check my thyroid, but everything seems normal on that front.

I'm a 22 year old, (seemingly) healthy male.

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You are having some sort of awakening event several times per night. Sleep Medicine is a relatively new field, but there are quite a few options for trying to figure out what is going on. You may be experiencing sleep apnea, or some other sleep issue. My suggestion would be to go to a sleep specialist. They can do a sleep study to try and figure out why you are waking up. That is the best I can offer aside from you trying some over the counter sleep aids, but most of those just help you fall asleep, not help you stay asleep.

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How many hours of sleep do you get per night? Do you sleep with a partner? Do you snore? How much do you weigh?

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Some people do better with two sleeps than one !

Also be careful of light ( white and blue versus red) and the effect on the circadian rhythm !

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Sometimes to go to the bathroom. Sometimes I just wake up and check my phone for no real reason.

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I usually get between 7 and 8 hours per night. I don't sleep with anyone usually, and I don't snore. I weigh about 190, and I'm 5'11".

Also I usually wake up in the middle of night 1-3 times per night.

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Thank you for the advice!

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You can carry sleep 'debt' over from day to day. So if you're missing out on sleep a few days per week that adds up and makes you tired all the time.

The best way to combat this is to consciously try to get 10 hours of sleep a night a few times per week to 'pay down' that sleep debt.

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Waking up 1-3 times per night is probably what is causing you to be tired. Why do you usually wake up?

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