"Tired eyes" vs. "yawning tired" vs. "tired after meals" vs. "simply tired" ??

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 14, 2012 at 10:32 PM

This might sound like a really stupid question, but I found myself struggling trying to distinguish "Tired eyes" vs. "yawning tired" vs. "simply tired", and how the 3 might relate to paldo (if at all).

What I mean by that is: let's say you got plenty of sleep, in a dark room: you probably are not "simply tired".

However, if you you are yawning, that might be an indication of overall lack of sleep, although I've always heard yawning described as your brain craving more oxygen.

However, if you eyes are fatigued, or irritated due to seasonal allergies, you might want to close them, but I guess that's not related to your overall level of rest and sleep.

However, if you "get tired" after a meal, then maybe that's more related to insulin and blood sugar control, rather that getting enough sleep. If that's the case, don't fuss with blacking out the alarm clock to achieve 100% dark, but rather look at macro-nutrient ratios, perhaps.

So, I suppose a bit of self awareness is important to hack "tired", to make sure the right type of tired is defined up front.

Having written this out, I'm not exactly sure what I'm asking, but folks here usually have some very interesting commentary so take it where you will.





on May 16, 2012
at 12:31 AM

And of course sleep apnea tired.

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on May 15, 2012
at 05:00 PM

Interestingly enough, I can now distinguish between "tired after meals" and "simply tired". And thank you for posting the question because it made me realize something! I used to be tired most of the time, during the day when I knew that I shouldn't be tired. I thought this was something wrong with me and was asking the doctors about it. They recommended medication (duh). Medication helped a little btw, except now if I don't take it I get Uuber tired... Anyways, when I started Paleo, I immediately felt more energized and no longer felt tired during the day. Because I have been Paleo for so long now, when I do a cheat day and go all out eating whatever I want, I always have the extreme sleepiness feeling right after I finish eating. The feeling like 'everybody leave me alone its sleep time now' even though I had a full nights sleep the night before. So, I now know the tired after meals feeling, and that it isn't normal. As for tired eyes and yawning, I don't know why that happens but I have that in the morning sometimes even if I have had a good nights sleep and eat Paleo, but I am not as familiar with those tired feelings.



on May 16, 2012
at 03:40 AM

I occasionally get "not enough food" tired when I try to go for too big a calorie deficit on my off days. When I get up at noon, I end up eating "breakfast" around 1 in the afternoon and getting jittery and not wanting to do anything. I occasionally get "post-meal" tiredness, but that's more rare and usually overlaps normal tired anyway.

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