We have all had times in our lives when we have felt tired. Sometimes
this is normal but how do you know when you are more tired than you
What do you mean by fatigue?
we speak of fatigue, we are talking about feeling excessively tired.
Though it often occurs with feeling sleepy and weak, people can feel
tired without also being sleepy or weak.
How much fatigue is normal?
feels tired in their day to day life. When is it a problem? When you
are following an appropriate lifestyle and still feel more tired than
you think you should, this may be an indication that you have excessive
fatigue. This is especially important if the fatigue is interfering in
your daily life—including your ability to work, build relationships, or
“play” (engage in normal leisure activities)
What are some of the causes of fatigue?
course, there are a variety of lifestyle issues that can contribute to
excessive tiredness. Some of the more common medical causes of fatigue
include anemia, thyroid disease, adrenal disease, allergies,
medications, anxiety, depression, heart disease, autoimmune disease,
sleep disorders, diabetes, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome.
What are some of the lifestyle issues that cause fatigue?
lifestyle issues that can make excessive tiredness more of a problem
include those issues regarding appropriate diet, exercise and sleep
behaviors. In regards to diet, it is important to refrain from excessive
caffeine or alcohol. Mild to moderate daily exercise can also help with
fatigue. If you do not sleep well and do not feel appropriately
refreshed upon awakening, you may be suffering from a sleep disorder.
What are some of these medicines that can cause fatigue?
fatigue is a common side effect of many medications, some of the
medications that can commonly cause fatigue include certain allergy
medications, pain medications, depression medications and anxiety
When should I see the doctor?
you are following the appropriate lifestyle and you still feel so tired
that it is interfering with your daily functioning, you may be
suffering from one of the medical causes of fatigue. In this case, you
may want to sit down with your doctor and discuss whether a medical
evaluation is appropriate.
In the next part of this
article, we will discuss some of the diseases listed above and how they
can cause you to feel excessively tired.