What Is Fatigue?

Fatigue is a feeling of tiredness, exhaustion, or lack of energy. It can lead to decreased performance and difficulty in completing activities of daily living. Fatigue is usually not relieved by sleep and can have an associated feeling of mental and physical exhaustion. Fatigue can be a chronic condition or one triggered by certain medical conditions or lifestyle changes.

Symptoms of Fatigue

Common symptoms of fatigue include:

  • Physical and mental exhaustion
  • Decreased performance and energy
  • Difficulty completing tasks
  • Brain fog
  • Poor concentration
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle weakness
  • Mood swings
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Decreased motivation

Causes of Fatigue

The causes of fatigue can vary depending on the person and the underlying medical condition causing it. Some common causes of fatigue are:

  • Anemia
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Mononucleosis
  • Stress
  • Lack of regular exercise
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Certain medications

Treatment for Fatigue

Treatment for fatigue depends on the cause of the fatigue and the severity of the symptoms. Lifestyle modifications such as getting regular exercise, maintaining a balanced diet, and getting adequate rest can help. Stress management techniques may also be helpful. Medications may be necessary in certain conditions, such as thyroid disorders or anemia. In some cases, psychological counseling may be recommended. It is important to consult a doctor if you are experiencing persistent fatigue.