Hey guys, I'm asking this because I've noticed that for the entire time that I've had a 24/7 brain fog (it began and hasn't lifted in about 3 years), I've always been tired. I get plenty of sleep each night, usually 9 hours at the very bare minimum, and keep a regular schedule to maximise sleep quality. It takes me about 15-30 minutes to fall asleep, but once I am I'm completely out until I wake up. Thing is, I never wake up refreshed anymore, and have never felt truly alert, awake and clear-headed since the time I had the fog. I truly think that if I somehow eliminate the sleepiness, the fog will lift as well. Every day I'm constantly yawning, no matter how much sleep I get. I'm 17, I do not snore and I am not overweight, so sleep apnea is extremely unlikely.
I suspect that I have candida; can candida make me feel this drowsy all the time? It's a constant 24/7 thing; the fog has not lifted and it's hard to identify any patterns or causes. My diet is completely primal (aka paleo) and do plenty of walking (vigorous exercise is somewhat rare). Any thoughts?
If neither of the points above describe your sleeping habits then it's likely another culprit is at hand. This culprit is a yeast that lives inside all of us, however in some people it can be particularly troublesome, causing fatigue and chronic sleepiness. The yeast is known as candida and when overgrown in the body it will make you tired, increase your appetite, cause digestive problems and overall wreak havoc on your overall health.
Yes, candida makes you feel drowsy. It can also be other things contributing to it as well (adrenal, liver toxicity, protozoas), but waking up groggy is like being in a constant hangover, can be caused by yeast EASILY.
How are your sinuses? Unrefreshing sleep is probably the biggest problem I have now, and I'm starting to think it's due to a chronic, low-grade sinus infection. I've been researching this and not only is trouble sleeping a symptom of chronic s.i., there are posts and blogs by people saying once they cleared it up, sleep returned to normal.
Sinuses have been partially blocked for years now. On a typical day my left one feels @ 90% capacity and the right fluctuates between 40 and 70%.
outoftime44, the hangover feeling I am all too familiar with. Thing is, I don't really have any stomach discomfort apart from some minor bloating. Is it still possible for me to have candida?
aslanlight, 6 years!? Isn't that a bit of an excessive duration for candida? How severe is your overgrowth, if you don't mind me asking? It's good to hear that you're recovering, I hope you all the best!
Cargoshorts66, cool name. My sinuses are odd. Usually, during the day my sinuses are fine; my nose doesn't feel blocked, but I couldn't really say that they're completely 'open'. Most probably around 80%, both nostrils. However, when I wake up in the morning, I tend to wake up with a slightly blocked nose; about 70%. I tend to have black pepper on a regular basis, and have been recently using spices like turmeric and cayenne powder (and about 4 others). I don't think those are causing the blockage, though.