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Why Am I Always Tired? 5 Tips for Energy (+ Best Mushrooms for Sleeping)

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Why am I always tired?” This question runs through many exhausted minds every day. According to a survey conducted by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, it was found that 30% of Dutch adults experienced symptoms of fatigue in 2022.

It could be a result of the pandemic, insufficient sleep, or perhaps just a high level of stress. Whatever the cause may be, this article will focus on how to boost our energy and how mushrooms in particular can assist in achieving that.

Also read: Buying Functional Mushrooms: Find Your Match

Why am I always tired?

why am I always tired, this girl asks herself daily

To reduce energy guzzlers in your life, it’s good to first understand the source of your fatigue. Scroll down to get straight to the tips.

Possible causes of fatigue:

  • Short nights: Humans need an average of eight hours of sleep per night. If you sleep less than that or wake up often, it can lead to daytime fatigue.
  • Excessive stress: Chronic stress takes a toll on both the body and the mind, leading to deteriorated sleep quality and, consequently, exhaustion.
  • Excessive screen time: Consider how often and how long you spend looking at your laptop, TV, or phone each day. Prolonged screen time can tire your eyes, brain, and body.
  • Inadequate physical activity: Prolonged periods of inactivity can impede the proper flow of energy, resulting in energy blockages.
  • Nutrient deficiency: While occasional tiredness is normal, persistent physical fatigue may indicate a nutrient deficiency.
  • Physical illnesses: You might be physically ill even without realizing it. It could be a post-covid, flu, or cold condition. If you have concerns or doubts, contact your doctor.
  • Psychological fatigue: Mental fatigue can encompass a broad range of experiences, including burnout, which manifests as the sensation of being or becoming completely burnt out and often involves hormone imbalances.
  • Unprocessed emotions: Trauma and unprocessed emotions can affect both the body and the mind, potentially leading to physical fatigue.
  • Dehydration: If you consume less than eight glasses or two liters of water a day, it could be a cause of your fatigue.
  • Inadequate fresh air: Optimal performance and energy flow require fresh air. In winter, especially, keeping windows closed may limit your access to fresh air.
  • Improper breathing: Often associated with chronic stress, shallow and rapid breathing can activate your sympathetic nervous system, putting you in “fight-or-flight” mode. This can hinder your body’s natural ability to recover, potentially leading to long-term exhaustion and chronic fatigue.
  • Loneliness and isolation: Humans are social animals, and social connections are vital for our well-being. Despite feeling low on energy, connecting with others can actually boost your energy levels.

Functional mushrooms for increasing your energy

cordyceps to increase energy

Fortunately, there are many healthy ways to regain your energy. Instead of doubling your daily coffee intake (which isn’t exactly healthy), take a look at what the mushrooms below can do for you.

These aren’t your typical white mushrooms; they’re functional mushrooms. That means they can offer specific health benefits in addition to their nutritional value. They have been used for centuries in traditional medicine, particularly in Asian cultures.

Nowadays, they are conveniently available in the form of capsules, so you don’t have to spend hours brewing (smelly) tea. MushPeak sells these mushroom supplements in our shop.

Cordyceps for more energy

Are you regularly asking yourself: Why am I always tired? If so, try our organic Cordyceps capsules. Cordyceps, or Cordyceps militaris, is one of the most well-known functional mushrooms for increasing energy.

One study demonstrated that the oxygen consumption of the 28 participants significantly improved after three weeks of taking Cordyceps militaris supplements. Additionally, the study indicated that the time to exhaustion could be extended.

The researchers are optimistic that stronger effects may become apparent with longer-term use (1).

“Although minimal benefits were observed with acute supplementation of a mushroom mixture containing Cordyceps militaris, consistent supplementation […] may be beneficial for tolerance during intense exercise, potentially yielding performance gains through increases in exercise intensity and postponement of fatigue.”

Lion’s Mane for reducing mental stress

Lion’s Mane is considered a natural nootropic; according to research, this mushroom stimulates the production of Nerve Growth Factor, or NGF (2).

Nerve growth factors are crucial for the growth of nerve cells and neural networks in the brain. By promoting the health of nerve cells, Lion’s Mane could potentially help regulate the stress response in the body.

Also read: Lion’s Mane Effects and Research: Ultimate Guide

Chaga for decreasing oxidative stress

Chaga has been an integral part of traditional Chinese medicine for 2,500 years. The mushroom is rich in antioxidants, such as polyphenols, which help neutralize free radicals. Antioxidants can reduce oxidative damage to cells and tissues.

Additionally, Chaga, like other functional mushrooms, contains high levels of polysaccharides, which can help regulate the immune system and reduce inflammation, ultimately lowering oxidative stress (3).

Reishi for reducing fatigue

According to some studies, Reishi can also help increase energy and reduce fatigue.

In a double-blind study, in which both the participants and the researchers were unaware of the group receiving the supplement, the group receiving a placebo experienced a 20.1% reduction in fatigue after eight weeks. The group that received an extract of G. lucidum, or Reishi, for eight weeks experienced a stronger reduction of 28.3% (4).

Turkey Tail for strong immunity

When your immune system is strong, you often feel more energetic, and your body is better equipped to ward off diseases. Been asking yourself why you are always so tired lately? Consider trying our organic Turkey Tail supplements.

Turkey Tail is traditionally a popular functional mushroom for bolstering immunity. This is partly because Turkey Tail contains substantial amounts of polysaccharides, including beta-glucans, which can stimulate the activity of immune cells and enhance resistance to infections (5).

5 Tips for reducing fatigue

Besides adding mushroom supplements to your diet, there are other natural tips for increasing your energy. Here are five of them.

1. Pay attention to your nutrients

It’s quite normal to feel tired in your head or body from time to time. Have you been thinking, “Why am I always tired” for weeks? If so, it may be due to a nutrient deficiency. Ensure you get enough macronutrients, including protein, carbohydrates, and fats.

Micronutrients are equally crucial. Vitamins and minerals your body cannot produce naturally must be obtained from food. Some people, unknowingly, have one-sided diets, so make sure to have a varied diet.

2. Work in blocks of up to 30 minutes

Set a timer and work in blocks of 25-30 minutes. It may sound weird, but this is an official technique to boost productivity and focus, known as the Pomodoro technique.

Taking a short break every 30 minutes (especially if you work with computers) or moving around allows your energy to flow. This improves blood circulation, leading to increased oxygen and nutrient supply to your body, including your brain, making you more alert.

3. Drink two liters of water daily

Do you often forget to drink enough water? Fill a two-liter jug or water bottle with water and ensure you finish it by the end of the day.

You can also drink herbal teas (such as chamomile, fennel, and nettle) between meals and reduce coffee consumption. While coffee provides a short-term energy boost, it can be dehydrating in the long run.

4. Do a 5-minute meditation daily

Meditation allows your body and mind the rest it needs and can be done in just a short 5-minute session.

Here’s how:

  • Set a timer and get up only when the timer rings.
  • Sit cross-legged on a cushion or chair.
  • Ensure your back is not leaning against anything.
  • Close your eyes and focus on moving your belly to the rhythm of your breathing. That’s all you have to do.

If it helps, you can count rounds of 10 breaths. Breathe in (1), breathe out. Breathe in (2), breathe out. Breathe in (3), breathe out, and so on. Start a new round when you reach 10.

By breathing from your belly, you learn to breathe more deeply and calmly. This activates your parasympathetic nervous system, also known as your “rest-and-digest” mode, which helps your body and mind relax and recover. It also activates your digestion, which is inhibited during stress and in an overactive “fight-or-flight” mode.

5. Say to someone: “Why am I always tired?!”

As mentioned in the causes of fatigue, loneliness can significantly impact your physical and mental energy. Make sure to talk to someone at least once a day, even if it’s through voice messages.

Engage with people, join a book club, participate in a sports club, etc. If that doesn’t work and you don’t feel better, consider speaking to a therapist or your family doctor.

More energy with mushroom supplements

never thinking again: why am I always tired

Do you want to be able to jump out of bed again, full of energy and ready for a great day? Then choose your favourite mushroom supplements now. Each one naturally organic, extensively tested and certified.

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Supplements should not be used as a replacement for a diverse diet, a healthy lifestyle, or as a treatment for any medical condition. Keep this product out of the reach of children. If you are ill, pregnant, or in doubt, always consult with your healthcare provider. The information provided on this website is intended for general informational purposes and should not be considered as medical advice. While traditional Chinese medicine has a history spanning thousands of years and has been tested on numerous individuals, MushPeak does not make claims indicating the proven medicinal properties of herbs or mushrooms, in accordance with current EU legislation. Detailed information about mushrooms is available from publicly accessible sources on the Internet. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.


  1. Hirsch K. R., Smith-Ryan A. E., Roelofs E. J., Trexler E. T., & Mock M. G. (2017). Cordyceps militaris Improves Tolerance to High-Intensity Exercise After Acute and Chronic Supplementation. Journal of dietary supplements, 14(1), 42-53.
  2. Spelman K., Sutherland, E., & Bagade, A. (2017). Neurological Activity of Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus). Journal of Restorative Medicine, 6(1).
  3. Najafzadeh M., Reynolds P.D., Baumgartner A., Jerwood D., & Anderson D. (2008). Chaga mushroom extract inhibits oxidative DNA damage in lymphocytes of patients with inflammatory bowel disease. Bio Factors, 31(3-4), 191-200.
  4. Wenbo T., Yihuai G., Guoliang C., et al. (2005). A Randomized, Double-Blind and Placebo-Controlled Study of a Ganoderma lucidum Polysaccharide Extract in Neurasthenia. Journal of Medicinal Food, 8(1), 53-58.
  5. Saleh M.H., Rashedi I., & Keating A. (2017). Immunomodulatory Properties of Coriolus versicolor: The Role of Polysaccharopeptide. Front Immunol. 6(8):1087. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2017.01087

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