The causes of fatigue can be varied, from mild transient conditions to severe illness.
The complaints can be divided into two types:
- Physical fatigue is defined as a lack of energy or strength and is characterized by muscle weakness.
- Mental fatigue is also called drowsiness.
Those who suffer from drowsiness feel restless and cannot concentrate on their daily activities.
Causes of severe physical fatigue in the morning
Some of the most common reasons for morning fatigue are:
- Insufficient sleep (less than 8 hours, although this may be sufficient for some people)
- Sleep disorder such as sleep apnea
- Anemia (for example, iron deficiency anemia)
- Thyroid disease (hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism)
- Allergy that causes allergic rhinitis or asthma
- Persistent pain
Causes of constant fatigue
- Alcohol or drugs such as cocaine
- Adrenal insufficiency and Addison’s disease
- Serious liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Autoimmune disease (for example, systemic lupus erythematosus)
- Decompensated heart failure
- Infection, for example:
- against allergies
- Calcium antagonists in arterial hypertension
- Sleeping pills
If a person is always tired in the morning and remains so during the day, he could be suffering from depression.
If the person feels rested in the morning but tired during the day, it is possible that he or she suffers from hypothyroidism (hypothyroidism).
Fatigue in children
If the child is very tired after resting sufficiently, it can have serious health problems.
Anemia: Anemic children are often tired due to the lack of iron in the blood.
Since anemia causes the reduction in the amount of oxygen reaching the brain, the child is tired.
Lack of physical exercise: A child may be exhausted due to lack of physical exercise.
Improper nutrition: If the child is poorly nourished, it may suffer from a lack of energy.
Children often eat unhealthy foods such as:
An inadequate diet can also lead to obesity.
Stress: Children can also be stressed and depressed for various reasons.
Causes of fatigue in men
In addition to the above causes, the man may have low testosterone levels.
Testosterone is an important hormone for the development of the male genital organs.
Low testosterone levels are found in middle-aged men who have become tired and sluggish.
Other factors that affect testosterone include:
- Poor nutrition
- Lack of physical movement
- Stay awake late
Causes of fatigue in women
The main causes of fatigue in women include:
- hormonal changes due to the cycle,
- low blood pressure.
Causes of tired eyes
Most common causes:
- Little sleep
- Complaints such as conjunctivitis
- Sitting in front of a computer or TV for too long
- Reading in low light
- Poor diet and dehydration
Eye complaints include:
- Feeling of burning
- Persistent pain
- Reddened eyes
- Transient vision loss
- Photophobia (sensitivity to light))
Remedies for tired eyes
Some substances such as vitamins A, C and E are fundamentally important for keeping the eyes healthy.
One should follow a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables that contain many vitamins.
Causes of excessive fatigue
Psychological problems: One of the most common causes of weakness and fatigue is depression and anxiety because of:
- loss of a loved one,
- Problems at work.
If a person is continuously and uncontrollably in a state of anxiety, he suffers from generalized anxiety disorder.
This can lead to physical and mental fatigue.
Occupational reasons: One of the causes of excessive fatigue is occupational stress caused by:
- the thought of not being up to the task,
- problems with superiors and colleagues,
- lack of professional satisfaction,
- Fear of losing one’s job.
Anemia: The red blood cells carry oxygen to all cells of the body. Anemia is a condition in which patients have too few red blood cells (low hematocrit).
Diabetes: Sugar is the fuel of cells. People with type 2 diabetes have high sugar levels in their blood because their bodies are unable to use this substance to use energy.
People with type 2 diabetes may suffer from severe fatigue.
Hypothyroidism: The thyroid gland secretes hormones that regulate metabolism. Some diseases, such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, lead to hypothyroidism, i.e. a lack of thyroid hormones.
The consequences include constant fatigue.
Sleep disorders: Sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and insomnia can cause the feeling of constant fatigue.
Celiac disease (gluten intolerance)
fatigue is one of the symptoms of celiac disease, along with:
Other reasons that lead to constant fatigue:
- Degenerative diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis
- Breathing disorders, for example:
- excessive smoking
- Alcohol and drugs, for example cocaine and morphine
- Side effects of medications, for example:
- Calcium antagonists against high blood pressure (arterial hypertension)
- Hormonal imbalance, especially in postmenopausal women, during pregnancy, after childbirth or breastfeeding
- Chronic diseases such as:
- Heart disease
- Poor diet, lack of important nutrients
- Poor eating habits such as:
- late and sumptuous dinner
- Skipping breakfast or lunch
- excessive caffeine consumption
- Stressful lifestyle
Symptoms of general fatigue
- Disinterested and restless behavior
- Loss of concentration while learning
- Drowsiness and daytime sleepiness
- Signs of depression
- Reluctance to be outdoors
Signs of chronic fatigue
Until now, only adults have been diagnosed with chronic fatigue, but it has recently been found that children and adolescents also suffer from this health problem.
In this state, the person concerned is very tired and has no desire to carry out an activity.
Chronic fatigue syndrome is diagnosed after at least six months have passed since the onset of symptoms, and resting does not bring improvement.
A child with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) has the following symptoms:
- Fatigue after sleep
- Difficulty concentrating in daily activities
- Sore throat and fever
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle weakness and cramps, especially in the legs
- Joint pain
- Swollen eyes
- Swollen and painful lymph nodes on the neck and armpits
Signs of exceptional fatigue Exceptional fatigue can be the onset of chronic fatigue
The person concerned may suffer from severe fatigue even after sufficient sleep.
- Forgetfulness (memory disorders)
- Dizziness and balance disorders
- Vomiting (this may occur with chemotherapy)
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Frequent cough
- Reddened eyes
Diet and nutrition in case of fatigue
As a rule, doctors recommend stimulating substances, such as ginseng and caffeine, but they rarely explain the effect foods have on an individual’s vitality.
The blood group diet considers that fatigue is caused by:
- Diet with an excess of carbohydrates and sugar. The result is an increase in blood sugar levels. The pancreas then secretes a lot of insulin to bring the glucose into the cells. The large amount of insulin leads to hypoglycemia (hypoglycaemia), which in turn is the cause of fatigue.
The insulin also favors the entry of potassium into the cells, the result is a deficiency of this mineral in the blood.
- Muscle spasms
- Unfavorable food combinations. For example, you should not eat fruit after a carbohydrate-containing meal, because this would promote fermentation in the stomach and intestines.
Avoid combining foods rich in carbohydrates (such as cereals or potatoes) with protein foods (meat, eggs, fish, etc.) because:- the digestion of proteins requires a very acidic environment;
– Carbohydrates and starch are digested well at low acidity. If someone eats protein-rich food along with foods rich in starch or carbohydrates, digestion is delayed because the organism cannot digest these foods at the same time.
- Due to the blood group, harmful foods. There are foods that can cause symptoms, such as fatigue; Corn, for example, can reduce the vitality of a person with blood type 0.
According to the blood group diet, the correct diet is:
- rich in proteins, because they represent the skeleton of the body;
- Low in carbohydrates, which can be replaced by “good” fats, such as olive oil, nuts, salmon and eggs.
According to hygienism (healthy life), digestion must take place as quickly as possible in order to have a lot of vitality and energy.
A vegan diet with at least 50% raw food content prevents intestinal fermentation and rot, so the patient has much more energy for the exercise of everyday activities.
According to this theory, people who suffer from fatigue eat:
- Too much;
- processed foods;
- animal proteins that are digested slowly and cause fatigue (meat, fish, cheese, etc.);
- refined or whole grains;
- unfavorable food combinations.
All natural diets eliminate cereals (pasta, bread, rice, desserts, etc.) and dairy products from the menu.
Whole grains contain a lot of insoluble fiber, polysaccharides (also known as multiple sugars), which favor intestinal activity.
Insoluble fibres bind to the mineral salts, such as:
The fiber is excreted with the stool, but not digested by the intestine.
The result is the reduced absorption and thus reduced assimilation of the minerals.
Remedies for fatigue
Treatment depends on the cause and may require:
- Vitamin supplements
- Lifestyle change
Sleep: You should go to bed early and get up early.
It takes 7-8 hours of sleep per night.
Balanced diet: Doctors recommend avoiding processed foods or those with too much sugar, because they do not contain nutrients.
Regular body movement: Regular physical activity:
- removes toxins from the blood,
- increases the supply of oxygen in the organs,
- stimulates the digestive system,
- allows hormonal balance and deep sleep.
It is important to find a balance in terms of physical activity because:
- Lack of exercise hinders the elimination of toxins through sweat and promotes the occurrence of cardiovascular diseases such as arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). The result is a reduced inflow of oxygen- and nutrient-rich blood to the organs and thus less energy.
- an excess of physical and sporting activity causes the oxidation of the substances contained in the food and thus an increased production of waste materials.
Resting is fundamental to recharge your batteries; those who lead a sedentary life should gradually start physical activities.
Hygienism considers it important to rest when you are tired, but believes that physical and mental training is essential to boost your energies.
Regular training improves:
- tissue quality,
- the functionality of the cells.
Hydration: Doctors recommend drinking at least two liters of water per day, because exhaustion is a result of dehydration.
The tissues and cells of the body need water for proper functioning.
Limit caffeine intake: Coffee can give an energy boost. At the same time, however, the body becomes dehydrated.
When the effect is over, you can notice a feeling of sudden tiredness.
Stress reduction: Against stress you can practice:
- Yoga exercises
There are many activities that can be done to reduce stress:
- Outdoor activities
- Listen to music