Fatigue is described as extreme tiredness/weakness.
Many health conditions can cause fatigue, including restless legs, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease and food intolerance.
Fatigue affects people in different ways, and it may change on a hourly, daily, weekly or monthly basis. You feel like you’re sinking into mud and there’s no way out.
Common symptoms of fatigue are weakness, lack of energy, constantly feeling tired, difficulty concentrating and lack of motivation.
Everyone experiences it differently, but often share similar symptoms.
Here are 10 things you’ll know if you’ve ever felt fatigued in your life.
1. You always feel tired
No matter how much sleep you get, 15 hours or 3 hours you will wake up feeling like you need more sleep, your body crying out for more rest. You simply can’t shake the feeling off. If you try to fight it, you tend to feel worse. Some days you can do absolutely nothing and still feel exhausted.
2. The simplest things become exhausting
Activities such as making dinner, socialising and exercise can exhaust you, you tend to put off these activities because you struggle to cope with the extreme tiredness. You don’t want to go out, you never want to leave the house, your bed is your safe place.
3. You’ve been called lazy because of it
It’s hard to put into words how it feels when your body just wants you to rest… it’s not the easiest thing to fight. You’re depicted as lazy all because you want to rest, you feel like you have to listen to your body otherwise it will create a domino effect with your health. Unless you’ve felt fatigued before, you won’t understand it’s not just ‘feeling tired’. It’s exhaustion – your body’s feeling under strain – it’s testing you.
4. People often leave you out
There’s only so many times people will try to make plans with you before they don’t ask anymore.
As much as they tell you they understand, you feel like they don’t. You’re exhausted, physically and mentally.
“You never do anything with us anymore”
“Are you coming out this weekend?”
“We don’t ask you to do anything anymore because you always say no. ”
I’ts not that you don’t want to do things, you physically don’t have the energy too.
5. It affects you mentally
You’ve tried to fight it… but it makes you feel unwell. Your body is crying out for sleep. The fatigue is affecting your life.
You feel like you can’t do anything right – it makes working a job a struggle.
You question yourself, is this what life is going to be like from now on?
Fatigue is common in sufferers of depression and anxiety.
6. You seem to always have a headache
The lack of sleep, or too much sleep is playing havoc with you. If you don’t have a headache you get ‘brain fog’, where you’re struggling to keep motivated and your concentration levels are low.
7. You’re either sleeping too much or not enough
There is no in-between. You’re either extremely tired and unable to stay awake, or you can’t get to sleep, You’ll wake up as tired as you were before you went to sleep.
8. The constant bags under your eyes
Sometimes people will say ‘you look really tired’ – when in fact you’re exhausted. You don’t feel or look your best. This isn’t a compliment, you tend to feel as bad as you look.
9. It’s not as simple as ‘stop being lazy’ or ‘make more effort’
If it was that simple, we wouldn’t be feeling the way we do. The majority of the time it’s really hard to motivate yourself – let alone take advice from someone who doesn’t know how you’re feeling.
It’s incredibly hard to explain or convey to somebody how it feels, how weak you feel or how mentally exhausting it can be.
10. It can affect your sex life
You have no drive to do anything, let alone be intimate with your partner. This can cause a rift between yourself and your partner. It’s not that you’re disinterested, it’s just that you don’t have the energy to stay awake let alone do anything else.
Words by James Conlon