Extreme Fatigue: Possible Causes

We live in a world that’s so fast that you don’t realize how days or weeks or even months pass. Every day, you feel tired and can’t wait to get to bed. While for most people, a good night’s sleep or a good nap during the day can be good enough to get them up and running, for some the feeling of being tired is perpetual.

Most of us associate this constant feeling of fatigue or tiredness with aging. But, it may not necessarily be the case all the time. While aging does play a role in diminishing your endurance, it doesn’t mean you have to compromise on living an active life. But, before we discuss the possible causes of fatigue, let’s see what it means to feel fatigued and what its symptoms are.


What is the feeling of fatigue?

Fatigue is a feeling of lack of energy all the time. You don’t you have the energy to exercise or even work, sometimes. Or to spend quality time with your friends and family. You have to struggle to concentrate, pay attention and to remember things. The feeling of being exhausted can also make you irritable causing you to get angry quite easily, leading to social isolation.

Here’s how to know if you’re just tired or you’re suffering from constant fatigue.

  1. Tiredness or sleepiness that doesn’t get better after rest
  2. Frequent headaches
  3. An intense feeling of exhaustion after a physical or mental activity
  4. Insomnia or other sleep disorders
  5. Loss of memory or lack of concentration
  6. Slowed reflexes and responses, impaired hand-to-eye coordination
  7. Muscle pain, soreness, weakness in muscles
  8. Irritation, moodiness


What can be the causes?

The causes or the reasons why you feel a constant sense of fatigue can be classified into three categories:

  • Medical: Caused by viruses, constant fatigue can also be a symptom of other illnesses such as diabetes, heart diseases or thyroid disorders or a weak immune system
  • Lifestyle-related: Alcohol, drugs, lack of physical activity or exercise
  • Emotional: Work stress, depression, grief, or other mental health problems

While the treatment for fatigue induced by medical causes would be best administered by a professional, we can definitely take care of the causes triggered by our lifestyle choices and emotional state. If you’re someone who experiences the symptoms above, get a check-up done to identify the real causes of your tiredness.


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The information included at this site is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment by a healthcare professional. Because of unique individual needs, the reader should consult their physician to determine the appropriateness of the information for the reader’s situation.

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