If you suffer from fatigue, you are not alone. Estimates of how common it truly is vary widely, but overall, about 20% of all patients complain of fatigue, and 5% to 10% of patients presenting to their primary care provider list fatigue as their number one complaint. Fatigue and chronic … Read More
Everyone gets tired from time to time. A lack of sleep, overactivity, stress, and too much work can all contribute to a feeling of weariness. The difference between everyday tiredness and fatigue is that fatigue involves more than simply a desire to sleep. It also includes a lack of energy or desire to do anything. Chronic fatigue is persistent, and it isn?t relieved with sleep. It can be debilitating, affecting both your emotional and physical health. Fatigue causes usually fall within three categories: medical conditions, lifestyle factors, and emotional causes.
Fatigue?especially if it is significant?could be a sign of a physical illness. A number of different medical conditions can make you weary, including anemia, in which a lack of iron in the body prevents enough oxygen from traveling to the tissues. Other medical fatigue causes include diabetes, thyroid disease, heart disease, arthritis, COPD, and cancer. A doctor?s exam can help identify whether a health condition is causing fatigue.
Lifestyle contributors to fatigue include diet, too little or too much activity, sleep problems, and medications. Foods high in sugar and carbohydrates burn off quickly, leaving the body drained. A diet high in protein, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains supplies the fuel the body needs to stay alert. Alcohol use can also affect energy level, in part by preventing you from getting a good night?s sleep. Overdoing it at an intense job or hardcore workout can drain you of energy, but staying sedentary also contributes to fatigue. Certain medications, including antihistamines, antidepressants, and sedatives, can cause fatigue as a side effect.
Mental health problems don?t cause fatigue, but feeling drained can be a symptom of an emotional issue. Psychological fatigue causes include depression, anxiety, and stress. Grief from losing a loved one or going through a traumatic life event can also contribute to the feeling of weariness.
There’s no shortage of drinks, foods, and supplements promising a quick burst of energy. Problem is most give you a jolt and follow with an energy crash. An occasional extra cup of coffee may not be harmful, but if you’re constantly reaching for a sudden energy boost, it’s time to … Read More
Are you tired of feeling tired? Often, extreme fatigue causes feelings of hopelessness and despair. Trying to perform simple, routine, everyday tasks is difficult, leaving you weary and burned out. But, don’t lose hope! You can overcome your fatigue by addressing the root cause of your symptoms – and it … Read More
If you’re feeling worn out, run-down, and hopelessly fatigued, your first impulse might just be to “sleep it off.” But if it feels like chronic fatigue, causes can vary wildly—and could be warning signs of a serious medical issue. So what causes lack of energy in us? All kinds of … Read More
If you’ve been wondering “Why am I tired all the time?” you may be chronically sleepy, or fatigued, or both. If you truly want to understand why you’re so exhausted, and find a solution, it helps to know the difference between the two. Often some detective work is needed before … Read More
Extreme fatigue causes you to be less alert and more forgetful. You also may feel indecisive, irritable, and moody. If you feel too fatigued to engage with other people, you may even withdraw socially. These side effects can throw a wrench into daily life, so it’s important to work out … Read More
How many times have you climbed behind the wheel despite being sleepy? A study from France shows that extreme fatigue causes almost as many serious accidents as drunken driving. Drivers who were either drunk or sleepy were at least twice as likely to cause a vehicle accident as their sober … Read More
Dangers of Anti-Anxiety and Sleep Medications In Youth: Opt for Natural Sleep Remedies and Anxiety Solutions Instead
Does your kid need help sleeping? Are they anxious and unable to stay calm? Don’t just head to your doctor for some sleeping pills or anxiety meds – these prescriptions could be dangerous for your child. Kids given prescriptions for sleeping pills and anti anxiety medications are much more likely … Read More
If you are suffering from chronic fatigue related to fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, or as a side effect of your statin medication, you may have a CoQ10 deficiency and supplementing with CoQ10 may be an effective chronic fatigue treatment for you. Low levels of this vitamin-like compound have been … Read More
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