What is Fatigue?

Fatigue is a common condition characterized by a lack of energy and feelings of tiredness and weakness. It can have physical and mental causes and affects nearly everyone at some point.

What Causes Fatigue?

There are many potential reasons someone might experience fatigue:

  • Lack of sleep - Not getting enough sleep or having poor quality sleep can lead to next-day drowsiness and low energy. Most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep per night.
  • Poor nutrition - Lacking key nutrients like iron, vitamin B12, magnesium, etc. can drain your energy levels. Eating a balanced diet is important.
  • Dehydration - Not drinking enough water can cause headaches, tiredness, and muscle fatigue. Aim for the recommended daily intake of water.
  • Stress - High stress levels place demand on your body and mind, wearing you out more quickly. Managing stress through relaxation techniques helps.
  • Depression - The feelings of sadness and hopelessness in depression sap people's energy and make tasks more tiring. Seeking treatment can help.
  • Chronic conditions - Ongoing illnesses like anemia, diabetes, thyroid disorders, heart disease, and autoimmune diseases often cause substantial fatigue.
  • Medications - Some prescription or over-the-counter drugs list fatigue as a side effect. Check with your pharmacist or doctor.
  • Lifestyle factors - Lack of physical activity, excessive alcohol/drug use, and burnout can contribute to low energy. Making positive lifestyle changes is recommended.

Dealing with Fatigue

If you regularly feel drained or exhausted for no clear reason, be sure to see your doctor to discover any underlying medical issues. Blood tests can check for nutrient deficiencies or illnesses causing your fatigue.

In the meantime, the following lifestyle measures may help boost your energy levels:

  • Prioritize sleep and go to bed earlier
  • Eat a balanced, nutritious diet
  • Stay hydrated and drink more water
  • Manage emotional stress through yoga, meditation, etc.
  • Get regular exercise which reduces fatigue and boosts energy
  • Scale back on alcohol and tobacco use
  • Try an over-the-counter vitamin B12 or iron supplement
  • Take short daytime naps to recharge when needed

Learning to pace yourself, create to-do lists, and say "no" to nonessential tasks also helps prevent fatigue from building up. But when tiredness persists, be sure to consult your physician at Vitality Medical Clinic to uncover any medical factors. Treating the underlying cause of fatigue is key to regaining your energy and vitality long-term.

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