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Is this what I should expect at 73?

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teabagwoman Thu 08-Aug-19 15:56:33

I’m finding that anything I want to do has to be done in the morning. I usually have a coffee break about 10.30 but by 11.30 I feel ready for bed! I make a quick lunch and sit down for most of the afternoon knitting etc. Stagger back on my feet about 4 and try to get a bit or ironing, gardening etc done for an hour before cooking my evening meal. Last night I fell asleep in front of the television at 8. I go to bed around 9, sleep pretty well, only getting up once for the loo, and wake up around 7. Is this what I should expect at 73?

Tangerine Thu 08-Aug-19 16:00:09

No. Plenty of 73 year old people do not get so easily tired.

Why not have a check up with the nurse at the surgery?

Perhaps, if you're fit enough, try a short walk in the fresh air. You might bump into someone you know and have a chat which would stimulate you.

Good luck.

RosieLeah Thu 08-Aug-19 16:12:51

Is this how you have always been or is it only recently that you have tired quickly?

You could be anaemic, which is easily sorted out, or it could be thyroid problems.

At 73, you should be getting regular check-ups. Has your doctor not asked you to go for an MOT? A simple blood test should pick up any problem.

grannyticktock Thu 08-Aug-19 16:18:29

That does sound like an awful lot of sleeping. I'm 71, and I also get up at 7, but I don't settle down for the night until about 11.30. I do slow down a bit as the day goes on, and sometimes have 15-30 minutes' catnap in the afternoon, especially if I'm going out in the evening. Oh and yes, I fall asleep in front of the TV too sometimes - "Pointless" is my favourite sleep-inducer, but it's annoying when it's a drama and I miss important bits.

Sometimes just boredom can make me tired, and a short walk, a potter in the garden, or a phone chat with a friend can perk me up again.

In your case it could be something physiological like diabetes or thyroid deficiency, so do see your doctor, but also consider whether you're bored, depressed or lonely, which can all contribute to weariness.

Lazigirl Thu 08-Aug-19 16:20:43

If you are otherwise well, then this may be a symptom of an underlying condition which is easily remedied, ie anaemia. We do get a bit more fatigued as we age, but you sound concerned so for peace of mind do see GP for blood tests.

Gonegirl Thu 08-Aug-19 16:21:49

It's normal. Happened very suddenly to me at the age of 75. Now struggling on at 77. It gets no better. We are old.

Enjoy sitting down. Walk a bit if you can, but no point exhausting yourself. Just do what you can when you can, and have a nice later life. ☀️🌧️💐

fizzers Thu 08-Aug-19 16:27:42

It wouldn't hurt to go to the GP and get checked out, there could be some underlying issue causing your tiredness

dragonfly46 Thu 08-Aug-19 16:40:04

I am 73 - wake up at 7am and got to bed at 10 - 11 pm at night. I very rarely sleep in the daytime and I do not feel excessively tired.
I think you should see the GP.

Hetty58 Thu 08-Aug-19 16:47:37

I'm (only?) 65 but I've noticed a weariness lately. I don't think it's physical, though. I seem to have almost endless energy when I'm gardening (which I really enjoy) or out and about walking the dog. Housework and staying in seem to sap my energy levels - probably boredom!

Esspee Thu 08-Aug-19 16:50:26

Oh my goodness no OP. I am just a couple of years younger than you and work part time. I can be on my feet for 8 hours then come home and cook or do the gardening.
8 hours sleep is enough for any healthy person. Please see your doctor.

tanith Thu 08-Aug-19 16:51:08

Same as dragonfly I'm awake at 6 and 3 days a week I go to the gym which half hour walk there and back I don't sleep in the day and go to bed at 11ish I'm 71.
I would get it checked.

crazyH Thu 08-Aug-19 16:52:52

I am lazy - used to do a 45 minute walk every morning but just no 'get up and go' 😫

BlueBelle Thu 08-Aug-19 16:55:56

I m 74 and can work a full day I m always up by 7 or before and bed by 11 sometimes nod off in the late afternoon or evening if not doing anything to keep me busy otherwise as long as I keep going I m fine
If it’s different to normal see a doctor for a check up and blood test

Nannarose Thu 08-Aug-19 16:57:05

It wouldn't hurt to see the GP (or practice nurse / nurse practitioner) to check any obvious problems, but it may be normal for you.
I think that if you feel energetic enough to do what needs doing, have the odd day out, meet with friends and so on, I wouldn't worry.
I have a neighbour who has pushed himself very hard to keep walking every day as far as he can. I thought this was good for him, but actually he was pushing his body too much, ignoring pain, and has ended up with a lot of problems because he wouldn't accept 'slowing down'.
On the other hand, tiredness may be a symptom of an underlying health issue. If you get a check up and all seems OK, then arrange your days as you wish!
I do think that ensuring at least a couple of bouts of gentle exercise and a couple of social engagements (I only mean something like going to church or a local coffee morning) is useful to keep everything going - you don't say whether you get out and about much.

leyla Thu 08-Aug-19 16:57:43

Worth getting yourself checked over I would have thought. I was really tired before Type 2 diabetes was diagnosed. Much better now.

Luckygirl Thu 08-Aug-19 17:00:15

I am the opposite way around - find it hard to get into gear in the mornings, but perk up as the day goes on. I am usually up by 8 and asleep by 11; and sometimes up in the night to OH.

I do not think it would do any harm for you to see GP and get a bit of an MOT.

jacq10 Thu 08-Aug-19 17:10:47

Definitely have a word with the doctor. Everyone is different but I reached 73 two weeks ago and would be seeking help if I were you. My DH passed away 8 months and this has meant a big change in my lifestyle. The one thing I do is make sure I get out of the house most days. I can have a half-hour walk one way into town or if the weather (or me) are not up to it I can have a 15min walk and get a bus from there. I could get a bus from my front door practically but never do that although I always use it to get home as it is uphill all the way! I rise most mornings around 8o'clock and bedtime tends to be around 11 o'clock. I think a lot can depend whether or not you get a good sleep but I would think going to bed at 9.00pm is a bit early. I'm not a "joiner" and like my own company, a book and my garden. I do meet up with friends and we get about quite a bit and I also look after my DGS (not so much now he is getting older). I think you will worry about this now and that won't help so do make an appointment.

teabagwoman Thu 08-Aug-19 17:22:44

Thank you all for your advice and support. I have made an appointment to see my GP but part of me thought it might just be my age. I will also try to get out more. I volunteer one morning a week and look after my dgd after school but I think the GNs who said maybe I need more stimulation could be right. The trouble is it takes me so long to get through the housework I don’t have a lot of time left and I’m pretty deaf so things like coffee mornings are no help. I’ll have to do some looking around.

Sunlover Thu 08-Aug-19 18:05:01

Leave the housework and get out and about. The housework will still be there tomorrow. My friend and I laugh about housework. We have a saying 'housework makes you ugly. So best not to do too much' !!

Luckygirl Thu 08-Aug-19 18:06:13

Well all I can say is b****r the housework. You will not lie on your death bed regretting not having done enough housework!

Nannarose Thu 08-Aug-19 18:22:15

Thanks for coming back - I know that hearing aids are not always the answer (my mother was partially deaf) but could you get a review appointment. It is a shame to miss out on simple socialising of a change of aid would help.
Personally, I like housework and like to do it properly, but if you are on top of it, then some 'time off' is OK!

jura2 Thu 08-Aug-19 18:24:38

Get your thyroïd checked, for sure.

Buffybee Thu 08-Aug-19 18:25:22

Probably caused by too much sleep.
If you go to bed at nine and up by seven, even you take half an hour to drop off, you're still having nine and a half hours sleep.
That's way too much and will make you drowsy and lethargic.

Elegran Thu 08-Aug-19 19:00:59

Do something interesting first, and the housework afterwards, if there is time and feel like it. How much housework can there be, for goodness sake?

Get your granddaughter busy with a duster! It is good training for the future.

Lazigirl Thu 08-Aug-19 19:40:37

GD with a duster? You've got it wrong there Elegran. Now if it was GS, then that would be better training for future. Women still do disproportionate share of housework.