Fatigue and exhaustion can greatly affect all aspects of the day; when we don’t feel our best and don’t have a lot of energy, we may find it difficult to make decisions, get things done on time, put in our best effort, focus on tasks, and problem solve. Sometimes, fatigue is a simple sign of your body telling you that you need some rest. If you have been overworking yourself or are extremely stressed, your body may be requiring sleep to help you catch up on lack of sleep from the night before, or to help you calm your body and mind. However, fatigue could also be a sign of something else and, if the exhaustion persists, you may need to see a doctor.
The Today Show has noted that anemia, diabetes, thyroid problems, sleep apnea, chronic pain, breathing problems, and medication issues might by the cause. Conditions like anemia make it difficult for blood to move oxygen throughout the body. Fatigue is a common symptom of diabetes, and fluctuating blood sugar levels also contribute to the problem. With hyperthyroidism, it’s easy to feel sluggish and tired, and sleep apnea disrupts breathing which doesn’t give people adequate amount of sleep. Chronic pain can make it difficult for anyone to sleep well, and the same goes for individuals with breathing issues like asthma. Additionally, some medications have sleepiness as a side effect which could also contribute to lasting exhaustion.
If you’ve seen a doctor and have ruled those health concerns out, you may also want to consider if you’re experiencing depression. According to the Mental Health Foundation, poor sleep is linked to physical concerns such as a weakened immune system and mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. A person who is depressed may feel extremely sad, hopeless, difficulty concentrating, disinterest in hobbies and activities, and more. Anxiety can cause a person to worry too much about finances, work tasks, relationships issues and more, which can lead to a lack of sleep.
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