There are countless reasons for constant fatigue.
Most often, the cause is found in lifestyle or life situation, such as too short a night’s sleep, excessive alcohol consumption, lack of exercise, or too much exertion.
Unhealthy food is also tiring.
If your lifestyle is in order and your constant fatigue is not due to stress and exhaustion from your work or life situation, it may be an illness that requires research and treatment.
According to Osmo Saarelma, a specialist in general medicine, fatigue is associated with many diseases.
He recommends that you see a doctor if the fatigue lasts a long time or is otherwise abnormal.
- For example, in sleep apnea, a typical symptom is severe fatigue and tendency to fall asleep during the day.
About 10 percent of snoring people experience sleep apnea, or obstructive sleep apnea.
They have intermittent sleep and are tired both in the morning and especially during the day, when fatigue can lead to falling asleep.
"It's pretty easy to rule out the most common conditions"
Sleep apnea as well as other diseases that cause fatigue are usually associated with other symptoms.
Typically, fatigue-causing diseases include incipient diabetes, various inflammatory diseases, hypothyroidism, or depression.
- Any symptom associated with fatigue is such that it is worth consulting an expert and going to find out the cause.
There is no need to go to the emergency room, it is enough to apply for a consultation within a few weeks.
- It is quite easy to exclude the most common medical conditions with simple laboratory tests, says Saarelma.
He also points out that many medications used to treat neurological and psychiatric illnesses, as well as sleeping pills, can reduce daytime alertness.
This is how I get rid of fatigue
If you are not usually physically active, get moving and exercise regularly, at least three times a week for 30 to 60 minutes at a time so that you breathe.
Schedule exercise until the end of the afternoon or early evening.
Too hard physical training can be exhausting and cause fatigue.
So exercise in moderation.
Sometimes it’s good to take it easy and switch your sweat workout to a lighter, restorative exercise.
Make sure you get enough sleep and go to bed on time.
An adult needs sleep 7-9 hours a day.
Avoid long naps as they can make it harder to get sleep in the evenings.
If you feel that stress takes you to sleep at night and causes fatigue during the day, think about your life management and keep a diary of your worries.
Reduce alcohol consumption.
While it feels like a night cap before going to bed relaxes and makes sleep easier, in reality it degrades sleep quality and interferes with the restorative effect of sleep.
Excessive alcohol consumption is a common cause of insomnia.
Find out if you are unknowingly suffering from sleep apnea, or sleep apnea.
Daytime fatigue is a typical symptom of sleep apnea.
If you suspect sleep apnea, consult your doctor.
Snoring can also impair sleep quality and cause daytime fatigue.
Weight loss and sleeping on your side can help, as can nasal tapes and snoring rails from your pharmacy.
The bright light bulb has been studied to relieve autumn fatigue, which is a typical camouflage symptom.
Stay in the light regularly at least five mornings a week between 5 and 10 a.m. or before half a day for about half an hour.
Avoid large, high-carb, high-fat meals.
The old familiar plate model works well: when you fill half of the plate with grated, salad and warm vegetables, the main course should not be eaten too much.
Eat regularly every 3-4 hours to keep your blood sugar steady.
Choose fiber- and protein-rich snacks such as fruits, whole grains, and nuts.
Avoid fast carbohydrates such as sweet pastries, candies and sugary drinks.
If you suspect you have diabetes, apply for tests.
Not only fatigue, but also, for example, increased thirst and increased urine output can be signs of type 2 diabetes, which some 100,000 Finns suffer from unknowingly.
Seek medical attention if you suspect thyroid dysfunction, which also develops insidiously.
In addition to fatigue, typical symptoms include frostbite, weight gain, and intestinal symptoms.
Sources: Current care, Mehiläinen.fi, Puhti.fi, Substance link, Health Library, Timo Partonen THL, Apteekki.fi, TTL.
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If fatigue has developed for no apparent lifestyle reason.
If you feel tired despite a long night's sleep.
If daytime sleep occurs.
If fatigue is associated with other symptoms such as weight loss, warmth or abdominal pain.
If the state of fatigue has continued for several months without any other symptoms and lifestyles are okay.
Sources: Health Library, Osmo Saarelma.