Low T: Why Am I So Tired at Night?
Fatigue, in general, seems to be a common complaint among most individuals over the age of 30. Consider the lifestyle changes for men who have bid adieu to their 20’s and have embraced more and more adult responsibilities. Marriage, taking on a mortgage, starting a family, working long hours as you advance in your career, can all take a toll on your once near-constant stamina. As if these responsibilities aren’t taxing you enough, the stress of building and maintaining your life is enough to make you feel more than a little bit exhausted, less than interested in sex, and perhaps even anxious and depressed as you settle in for the night.
While occasional fatigue at the end of the day is completely normal for most men, in more than 13 million men in the US, these symptoms are actually due to a decrease in testosterone, the sex hormone which, during puberty, gives you your male characteristics and plays a key role in your libido as you age. However, your levels of testosterone aren’t just about your sex-drive. Testosterone also stimulates muscle growth and helps with brain function.
That’s why one of the more obvious symptoms of low t is fatigue. If your levels of testosterone are too low, you may find it more difficult to think clearly, function at work, and work out at the gym, or simply move through your day with the same amount of energy as your friends and co-workers. This fatigue can translate into poor performance at work and in the bedroom. You may have less energy when it comes to socializing as well as running around with your kids. In short, your symptoms of low t can impact every aspect of your life.
By addressing your symptoms of low t, you’re taking a step toward regaining that which has been missing in your life. Once you speak with a health care professional about your concerns, and, together, determine that you do suffer from low t, you can begin testosterone replacement therapy. A simple blood test is usually all that’s needed to confirm your hormone levels.
Many other factors could be at the root of your fatigue and it’s imperative that you contact an expert in the field to schedule and appointment right away to rule out a treatable cause for your exhaustion.
If, in addition to fatigue, you’ve shown any of the other symptoms of low t such as decreased sex drive, erectile dysfunction, depression, weight gain, loss of muscle mass, and loss of body hair, may benefit from testosterone replacement therapy. Left unaddressed, low t can result in complications further down the road such as low bone-density, which can weaken bones, making them more prone to injury.
Speak with a trusted professional and begin turning your life in a positive direction. The results don’t come overnight, but they are real and substantial. You’ll likely feel renewed and energized, ready to face everything life throws your way, and begin enjoying yourself both day and night.