If you look at the persistent popularity of energy drinks, ephedrine, Adderall, and the like, you might conclude we're a nation of long-haul truckers, trance DJs, and meth cooks. Or you might conclude that Americans are just really, really tired.
Honestly, both are true. If you're tired all the time -- or if you're one of the aforementioned special-interest groups, in which case a life of sleep deprivation is almost a given -- read on for reasons why that may be. Hopefully, you'll end up with better sleep, and as a result, a life that sucks far less.
You're drinking too much booze
Ah, nightcaps. What's not to love about tucking yourself in with a Scotch on the rocks? Well, the next day, for one thing. The most adorably named, snuggliest-sounding drinking tradition relaxes you at first, before it obliterates your REM cycles. That causes you to sleep longer while feeling less refreshed.
In fact, if you continue the wonderful-but-ultimately-self-sabotaging act of drinking every night, you might find yourself with a fate worse than sobriety: a "permanent hangover" masquerading as fatigue.