Fatigue is an overwhelming lack of energy or exhaustion, and it can include both physical and mental factors. Not the same as simply being sleepy, fatigue affects many people at some point in their lives. The symptoms are wide-ranging, and people experience different symptoms to varying degrees.
There can be many causes of fatigue, including lifestyle, too much or too little exertion, boredom, effects of medication and depression. Sometimes, it can be a result of a more serious condition. People should seek medical advice if they experience unexplained and prolonged periods of fatigue.1‘Fatigue Causes.’ Mayo Clinic, 2 Dec. 2020, www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/fatigue/basics/causes/sym-20050894
Excessive tiredness can be a symptom of fatigue. Even with adequate sleep, a person may feel exhausted during the day and have difficulty remaining alert. People may also tire easily, feeling drained shortly after the beginning of physical or mental activities. Individuals commonly feel as though they don't have enough energy, and they sometimes lack the energy to perform even basic tasks.
Tiredness due to fatigue can impact a person's day-to-day activities and quality of life. Changing sleep, nutrition and exercise habits can sometimes resolve tiredness associated with fatigue. However, if tiredness persists, medical advice should be sought.2‘Fatigue.’ Better Health Channel, www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/fatigue