Two common phrases that often times gets confused are “I feel weak” or “I am fatigued.” Knowing and understanding the difference between weakness and fatigue are important in figuring out possible causes and reliefs from such symptoms. Weakness is a lack of physical strength in your muscles as well as the need to exert more effort to move your limbs. Possible causes may be over working, poor diet or exerting too much force. Fatigue is generally the feeling of being tired or exhausted, and having a lack of energy or motivation.
Fatigue can be a serious issue if not taken seriously. Usually, fatigue will accompany a poor night’s sleep. Sleep is an important part of our daily routine, as our bodies repair and rest during the hours we sleep. Not getting quality sleep can lead to trouble focusing, lack of energy and can also impact your long term health.
There are many causes for fatigue, and some of the most common causes may seem arbitrary but can have an impact:
- Allergies that can lead to a reaction or asthma.
- Depression of grieving over an event.
- Sleep disorders such as insomnia, sleep apnea, etc.
- Alcohol or drug usage.
Fatigue can also be a precursor for some serious underlying health concerns that may not be known about:
- An eating disorder
- A long lasting infections or parasitic infection
- Systemic Lupus
- Kidney Disease
The effects of fatigue can take a remarkable toll on a person mentally. Drowsiness and exhaustion are both symptoms of fatigue, and can impact your work, personal life and any activity that needs focus and concentration. The upside to this is that it can be fairly easy to fight fatigue, given that there are no underlying illnesses that may be attributing to the cause of your fatigue. Here are some simple ways to overcome your battle with fatigue:
1. Eating right is a big part of fighting fatigue. Breakfast can be an easy meal to overlook, but it’s the meal that fuels your body and jump-starts your day. Whole grain bagels and bread are a great addition to breakfast. Peanut butter, eggs, fruit, cereal and oatmeal are great sources of energy, are healthy, and are easy to prepare. Healthy foods as snacks are a great way to increase energy levels without harming your health. Some people enjoy several light meals throughout the day to reenergize their bodies compared to 3 square meals. Find out which works for you.
2. Decrease your stress levels. If you aren’t aware, mental activity is far more exhausting than any physical labor you put your body through. When stress levels begin to rise, it can lead to a range of problems. Stress will beat on your mind until you alleviate the cause, or can find a way to become more calm and relaxed. When your mind begins to tire, your body feels the effects. Drowsiness may occur, or you may be stuck lying awake in bed attempting to problem solve.
3. Sleep. Sleep is a crucial part of how your day will pan-out. Without enough sleep, you can only expect your day to go sluggish. With the proper energy and rest from a full night’s sleep, you will be more energized during the day and motivated to complete tasks at hand. Sleep also has the ability to alleviate stress pent up in your body.
It can be hard to live with fatigue, feeling as though the world is pushing against you as you try to move forward. Taking the proper steps to fight back against fatigue can also lead to a healthy life, and make waking up not as dreadful as it used to be.
There are other ways to help fight fatigue, such as planning ahead, not overscheduling, drinking water, exercise, and examinations by doctors. If you feel that your fatigue has no solution and has been occurring for quite some time now, it is advised that you speak to a medical care physician for possible causes that may be undiagnosed.