How many times have you been tired and just reached for another cup of coffee or worse another energy drink? These quick short solutions may help you in the short term to get tasks done but overall hurt your long term goal for staying healthy. Learn about the signs of fatigue and why you should be aware of them.
In general, fatigue is a feeling of tiredness, exhaustion and sometimes low energy. Fatigue can be a normal response to physical exertion, emotional stress, boredom or even lack of sleep. Fatigue is a common symptom and usually is not due to a serious illness, but it can be a sign of a more serious physical or mental disorders. When fatigue is not relieved by sleeping well, being well nourished, or having a low stress environment, it may be time to consult your physician.
Below is a list of three aspects for you to be aware of when feeling tired:
● Feeling reluctant and lack of initiative (emotional aspects)
● Decreased intellectual capacity (cognitive aspect)
● Decreased performance (behavioral aspect)
It is logical to think that constant fatigue and all that it entails can manifest with alterations of sleep. Getting six to eight hours of sleep is ideal but for many its very unlikely after a long day of tasks. Sleep helps reduce stress on many levels and improves your mood. Daily exercise routines can help with sleep all the while improving the behavioral aspect of your life.
On the other hand, there is also stomach fatigue that is related to the desire or sensation of eating. This can be due to spending many hours without eating or failing by some other disorder that is due to stomach disorders. Not eating correctly and following poor diet choices could be a main benefactor of why you feel tired before or after a meal.
There is also another type of “fatigue” or feeling of hunger due to dehydration.
Moderate dehydration is often mistaken for hunger. This happens because both sensations (thirst and appetite) are controlled by the hypothalamus. If you feel hungry but you think you have eaten enough, try drinking before pouncing on food. Staying hydrated is very important for our bodies. It conclusion, a proper diet will result in increased energy only if you follow a proper diet, stay hydrated and allow for proper sleep schedule. If problems of fatigue still hinder you please consult your physician for details.
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