Low Energy and Fatigue
Low energy and fatigue can be characterized as a state of physical or mental apathy and exhaustion. It often is an indication of a medical problem. People who are drained by lethargy may find it irritating. The majority of the time, though, it does not indicate that someone needs medical help immediately. A person can often overcome acute low energy or fatigue with rest and healthy nutrition. Low energy means a decline in your work productivity and labeling you as non-productive, which is neither socially nor mentally viable.
What causes low energy and fatigue?
The most common cause of low energy and fatigue is not getting enough sleep. Many people do not get enough sleep on a regular basis because they have stress, work long hours, or have children who need their attention during the night. When you are sleep-deprived, your body doesn't have time to recover from its daily activities. This can lead to fatigue and low energy over time.
Another common cause of low energy and fatigue is ongoing stress. Stress can affect your mood and behavior in many ways—for instance, it may make you irritable or anxious—but it can also have an impact on your body's ability to function properly by suppressing natural chemicals that help keep you awake and alert during the day (in other words - cortisol).
Low energy and fatigue are also associated with autoimmune disorders, post-viral syndromes, depression, or other mental health conditions such as bipolar disorder or seasonal affective disorder (SAD). If you feel unusually tired all the time despite getting plenty of sleep at night, then it could be due to one of these conditions instead.
The following are the symptoms of low energy and fatigue:
- Decreased alertness
- Low motivation
- Low energy
- Exercise intolerance
- Brain fog
- Mood swings
- Difficulty thinking
Why treating the root cause of low energy and fatigue are important?
When you're feeling lethargic, it's easy to think that a quick nap or a cup of coffee will help you get back on track. But if your body is low on energy because it's not getting enough nutrients, those quick fixes won't be enough to make you feel like yourself again. If you are suffering from low energy and fatigue, it could be caused by something like a vitamin deficiency, anemia, or an illness that needs to be treated. If you don't treat the root cause and just focus on the symptoms, then your symptoms will continue.
By treating the root cause, you can get rid of those symptoms and feel better right away! If you or someone you know is experiencing the symptoms of low energy and fatigue for an extended period, Benehealth's professionals can help identify and treat any underlying medical conditions that might exist and help alleviate your symptoms.