What is Fatigue?
Fatigue is extreme tiredness resulting from mental or physical exertion or illness. Fatigue, also referred to as tiredness, exhaustion, lethargy, and listlessness, describes a physical and/or mental state of being tired and weak. Although physical and mental fatigue are different, the two often exist together - if a person is physically exhausted for long enough, they will also be mentally tired. When somebody experiences physical fatigue, it means they cannot continue functioning at their normal levels of physical ability. Mental fatigue, however, is more slanted towards feeling sleepy and being unable to concentrate properly.
Mental versus Physical Fatigue
There are two types of fatigue: physical fatigue and mental fatigue. "Physical" refers to doing some sort of physical labor such as mowing the lawn or working in a flower garden. Just after a head injury, physical fatigue may be troublesome. For example, if you're relearning to walk, the amount of effort it requires to relearn to coordinate the muscles and build up strength is going to be substantial. For most people, physical fatigue tends to go away after 6 months. What surprises people with a head injury is the mental fatigue. For example, you could spend all day in your yard pulling out weeds and not feel tired from it, but an hour of balancing the checkbook will leave you exhausted. This is mental fatigue, and tends to go on for long periods of time. Let's use another analogy. Think of owning a car that you can only fill with half a tank of gas. You can now only go half as far as you used to. When you run out of gas, the engine stops. With mental fatigue, it's as if the brain runs out of chemicals and just shuts down.
What causes Fatigue?
Taking a quick inventory of the things that might be responsible for your fatigue is the first step toward relief. In general, most cases of fatigue may be attributed to three areas: lifestyle factors, medical conditions or psychological problems.
Feelings of fatigue often have an obvious cause, such as:
1. Alcohol use or abuse
2. Caffeine use
3. Excessive physical activity
5.Lack of sleep
6. Medications, such as antihistamines, cough medicines and cold remedies
7. Unhealthy eating habits
Fatigue is a common symptom of mental health problems, such as:
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Diet & Lifestyle
Many cases of unexplained tiredness are due to stress, not enough sleep, poor diet and other lifestyle factors. Use these self-help tips to restore your energy levels.
1. Eat often to beat tiredness
2. Perk up with exercise
3. Lose weight to gain energy
4. Sleep Well
5. Reduce stress to boost energy
6. Talking therapy beats fatigue
7. Cut out caffeine
8. Drink less alcohol
9. Drink more water for better energy