Feeling exhausted all the time is basically a rite of passage for adulthood, and it's no wonder why: between waking up early, working all day, attempting to be active, maybe trying to keep your home clean, and trying to have some sort of social life, it feels like there's barely any time left over for sleep. Everyone is tired all the time, and everyone likes to complain about it. So if that's the case, then how are you supposed to know when your exhaustion is actually a sign of something more serious? Feeling sleepy no matter what isn't always just the mark of too many responsibilities — sometimes there are actually signs your tiredness may be caused by an underlying medical condition that is worth looking into.
Fatigue is a symptom of basically every illness out there, from the common cold to something life-threatening. Figuring out whether your inability to keep your eyes open is grounds for a doctor visit or not can be confusing, which is why you should know the other things you should be looking out for. Of course, feeling extra sleepy doesn't always mean there's something wrong with your health, but if this is a feeling that won't go away no matter what, there could be something more pressing going on with your body. Below are a few signs that your tiredness could actually be part of an underlying medical condition you never even knew you had. These are worth looking into if you notice the other symptoms — but if you don't, don't panic. Maybe you actually do just need some extra rest. Let's find out: