Some of these are unique to men or are more common in men than women.Medical conditions, such as low testosterone and sleep apnea, can also cause low energy levels in men.
In this article, we look at possible causes of low energy levels in men, and how they can increase their energy levels.
Symptoms of low energy
A person experiencing low energy may feel tired all the time and may be unable to complete basic tasks without feeling worn out or exhausted.
Other symptoms associated with low energy or fatigue include:
- feeling sleepy during the day
- brain fog, or difficulty concentrating
- lack of motivation
Causes of low energy in men
There are several reasons why a man might have low energy or chronic fatigue.Below, we discuss possible reasons why a man may be experiencing low energy levels.
A healthful diet containing plenty of vegetables, whole grains, and proteins can boost a man’s energy levels.
Eating a diet that is lacking in major nutrients, or one that does not contain enough calories can cause fatigue or low energy.
Having these shortages is especially common in younger men who may be exercising a lot or weight lifting, or in older men who are not eating enough or are having issues with malnutrition.
Exercise increases adrenaline and energy levels.Over time, a lack of exercise can cause the muscles to become weaker, which can cause fatigue after doing basic activities.Too much exercise can also lead to fatigue.
Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone.As men age, the amount of testosterone that their body produces naturally declines.
Male hypogonadism becomes more common as a man gets older.
Other symptoms of low testosterone include
- reduced energy and stamina
- difficulty concentrating
- hot flushes
- erectile dysfunction
- decrease in beard and body hair growth
- decrease in muscle mass
- development of breast tissue called gynecomastia
- loss of bone mass called osteoporosis
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder where a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. They may stop breathing for around 10 seconds at a time and multiple times each night.
Sleep apnea is more common in men than women and in people who are overweight.
The main symptom of sleep apnea is excessive sleepiness during the day. Other symptoms include:
- restless sleep
- loud snoring
- morning headaches
- trouble concentrating
- anxiety or depression
These symptoms do not always signal sleep apnea. If a person suspects that they have sleep apnea, they should speak to a doctor, as left untreated, this condition can be life-threatening
Though more common in older adults, insomnia can affect men of any age.
There are many different causes of insomnia, including physical, emotional, and psychological reasons.
Depression is a medical condition that affects a large number of men. The symptoms of depression may be different in men and women.
Depression in men can cause the following symptoms:
- sadness and irritability
- anger or aggression
- trouble sleeping
- difficulty concentrating
- difficulty performing daily tasks
- problems with sexual desire and performance
- withdrawing from friends and family
Iron-deficiency anemia is a common nutritional deficiency caused by a lack of iron.
While it is also found in women, bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract in men, such as from an ulcer or gastritis, is the most common cause of this type of anemia.
The thyroid gland produces hormones that control the body’s metabolism and other essential functions. When the thyroid gland is not producing enough of certain hormones, it causes a condition known as hypothyroidism.
Women are much more likely to have hypothyroidism, but men of all ages can also develop this condition.
Symptoms of thyroid disorders include:
- brain fog
- changes in appetite
- intolerance to the cold
There are several medical conditions and associated factors that can also cause fatigue.
Among the most common are:
- heart disease
- some medications