Fatigue is being in a state of constant tiredness and low energy. Most times, there is no explanation as to why someone feels this way at the moment. However, there are many different factors that contribute to feeling fatigued.
We all get tired at times from a lack of quality sleep and it can usually be addressed with a few nights of good sleep or taking a nice, relaxing nap. However, there are times when no matter how much someone sleeps they always wake up feeling exhausted. This is fatigue and is often associated with other health conditions or concerns.
Depending on the case, fatigue can be caused by a combination of things like lifestyle, mental, and emotional wellbeing, and underlying medical conditions or a combination of all these things. Symptoms or causes can range from an array of physical, mental, and emotional factors like…
High amounts of stress and anxiety
Emotional exhaustion or burnout
Slowed reflexes and responses
Impaired decision-making and judgment
Moodiness, such as irritability
Reduced immune system function
Short-term memory problems
Medications like antidepressants, steroids, and sedatives
Medical causes and medications that may trigger fatigue can be associated with a thyroid disorder, heart disease, or diabetes. It is best to consult with your health care professional if you are experiencing any symptoms of fatigue and discomfort.
Lifestyle-related causes of fatigue are the most common and usually come from a lack of healthy routines and habits. Here is a few ways to combat fatigue when it is lifestyle-related…
Sleep Studies show that 1 in 3 people in the U.S. does not get enough sleep. However, sleep can affect us on both sides of the spectrum. A lack of sleep and too much sleep can cause fatigue. It is best to get anywhere from 7-to 8 hours of sleep each night for healthy, balanced energy throughout your day.
Alcohol and Drugs Alcohol is a depressant that slows the nervous system and disrupts normal sleep patterns. Other drugs like cigarettes and caffeine overstimulate the nervous system causing insomnia. It is best to avoid these things at all costs for overall better health and longevity.
Lack of Exercise Creating a consistent exercise regime can improve your lifestyle in all areas of your life. Physical activity can enhance your fitness, promote weight loss, reduce stress, boost energy levels and improve your sleep quality.
Poor Diet Eating a diet low in nutrients cannot provide your body with what it needs to function optimally. Fast, fried, and overprocessed foods can give you temporary satisfaction but usually quickly wears off and worsens fatigue. Try incorporating more whole foods in your diet and limit processed foods as much as possible.
Another common area of focus that can contribute to fatigue is work. Most American working citizens work on average 40 hours weekly and if their environment or schedule is not delicately balanced it can cause extreme tiredness. Factors like a work schedule, workplace stress, burnout, and unemployment all contribute to the overwhelming feeling of fatigue.
And lastly, psychological factors are present in at least 50% of fatigue cases. Depression, anxiety, stress, and grief can be a reason why you are feeling fatigued. A result of emotional distress or mental health concerns is most commonly accompanied by fatigue, along with other symptoms like irritability and lack of motivation.
Fatigue can present itself in a variety of ways and can be caused by many different factors, which can make diagnosing and treating fatigue difficult. That is why making lifestyle changes can be a good place to start gaining your energy back and reducing symptoms of fatigue. That is why in my online practice, we do our best to get to the root of your concerns and figure out the best plan of action minus all the antidepressants and medications. To learn more about natural solutions for your health, click here!