Why You Feel Tired Even When You’re Supposed to Be Rested

And how to prevent that

Darius Foroux
5 min readSep 26


Here’s a scenario: You’ve been sleeping 8 hours most nights, and you don’t eat too much junk food. You don’t have any serious medical conditions.

Maybe you even came from a vacation, so you should be rested.

Despite all these things, you don’t feel rested or energized at all.

You might feel tired all the time. Or you don’t feel as lively as you want to be.

The usual culprits for chronic fatigue are bad quality sleep, poor diet (that includes too much caffeine, junk foods, or too little water), substance abuse, and a lack of exercise.

But if the above conditions aren’t the cause, then you’re might be missing the following 3 things.

1. Periods of stillness

Sensory overload” technically means having your five senses — sight, touch, sound, taste, and smell — take in more information than your brain is able to process.

Overwhelmed by these stimuli, the brain enters a fight-or-flight mode. And your body follows along, making you feel anxious and unable to relax.

This is why we all need sensory rest. Especially since we rely so much on our electronic gadgets.

Now, the solution seems straightforward: Unplug yourself from your gadgets, then you’re good, right?

But having proper sensory rest means much more than just unplugging. It’s about giving all our senses a break from constant stimulation. Here are a few practises I found to be helpful:

  • No-screen times during the day — I started with avoiding my phone during meals, or when I’m in the bathroom, and an hour before bedtime. Then I gradually increased it to include a few hours in the afternoon, when I’m not working. By doing this, I ensure I don’t miss important messages while still taking breaks.
  • Mindfulness meditation — mindfulness meditation can help reduce symptoms of stress. Just spending 10 minutes each day focusing on my breath made a noticeable difference in how I felt overall.
  • Digital detox — As a writer and entrepreneur, my work and life are deeply tangled. I like it…



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