Hi Internets.  I need to take an informal poll. How many of you out there are constantly tired?  Is this just a symptom of growing older?  I mean, I figure… yeah, I'm an old fart now.  But I'm not THAT old.  And I swear to god, sometimes I get eight hours of sleep and 2 – 3 hours into the morning I'm tired again.

I am so tired of being tired.  It's draining. 

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It's not debilitating fatigue; I've had mono and I know what that feels like, but it does seem consistent.  So I'm wondering…

How many of you feel the same way? 
Is there a certain amount of sleep you need to feel completely rested?  What's that number?
How old are you (you can lie here (within reason)) and when did the constant tiredness start for you? (if it did)
How many kids do you have and does that have anything to do with it?  (I'm guessing, yes.)

Basically, I'm trying to figure out if this is par for the course/a symptom of general stress or if I need to go to the doctor for some sort of happy wake up pill.  For the record, I do get exercise and eat pretty OK.  Although I think I'm getting arthritis.

Any insight you all could provide would be awesome!  And if I need to suck it up, you can tell me that, too.             – the weirdgirl