Reasons For Fatigue
The Primary Reasons For Fatigue
There are numerous reasons for fatigue, and the fact that its symptoms are felt differently from one person to the next can make it a condition that's a little hard to put a finger on. At times the reasons for fatigue are quite natural, and the fatigue can be dealt with easily. At other times the reasons for fatigue may be deep seated, due to a physical or mental disorder for example, and fatigue, a symptom, cannot be effectively dealt with until the underlying problem is taken care of.
Just as a weakened immune system can open the door to disease and infection, a weakened mental state, such as feeling down in the dumps or a being a bit depressed can more easily allow feelings of fatigue to set in.
A Lack Of Sleep - It's probably fair to say that the lack of sleep is the number one cause of fatigue. Getting enough sleep is very important, not only to eliminate one of the reasons for fatigue, but to protect the aforementioned immune system, and protect against diseases. When we are getting an inadequate amount of sleep we become fatigued. Over time, our immune system feels the effects and we may become ill. When we become ill we are more susceptible to bouts of fatigue. It's a vicious cycle.
Fatigues Or Simply Tired? - We often say we are fatigued when we are simply tired, such as from overexertion over an extended period of time or even a long hard day at the office. There is a difference, though a somewhat subtle one, from being tired and feeling fatigued, as the former tends to be temporary, often cured by a good night's sleep or even a short nap, while the latter tends to linger on, sometimes without relief. This is when people begin to notice that a person always seems to look tired, and this is when that person should consider doing something about it.
Depression - One type of fatigue many of us experience from time to time, especially in northern latitudes, and in areas here there can be many gray days, is due to a specific type of depression, most often experienced in the winter, and commonly known as SAD, or seasonal affective disorder. While an excursion to Hawaii in mid-February can often be an effective treatment, there are other less expensive treatments available to deal with this disorder. Any kind of depression however, whether brought about by a medical disorder or simply by stress, can cause fatigue, and as mentioned previously, the disorder usually needs to be dealt with first if the feelings of fatigue are to be eliminated completely, although symptoms of fatigue can often be treated separately in some instances.
Other Reasons For Fatigue - The other more common reasons for fatigue includes anemia, especially when an iron deficiency is the cause, or due to a loss of blood, which some women experience during particularly heavy periods. Pregnancy often brings along with it periods of fatigue, which is of course totally understandable. A vitamin deficiency can create a multitude of problems, including fatigue. A lack of vitamin B12 is one of the reasons for fatigue, but a deficiency in any vitamin can contribute to the problem. If our metabolic system begins to function abnormally, fatigue can set in quickly, especially in those cases of low metabolism, where food is simply not being converted into energy at a fast enough rate. High metabolism can be a factor as well. Both higher and lower than normal metabolic rates can usually be effectively treated.
Get Some Sleep - Regardless of the cause, one of the first steps one can take in dealing with fatigue is to make every effort to get sufficient sleep. If a lack of sleep is the underlying reason, any feelings of fatigue should diminish or go away. If there are other reasons for fatigue, getting enough sleep should at least make curing the problem a good deal easier.