Fatigue is defined by the medical profession as a feeling of weariness, tiredness or lack of energy that does not disappear after rest. People may feel fatigued in body or mind – i.e. physical or psychological fatigue – but most of the time, fatigue can be traced to one or more of your habits or routines. It can be a normal and important response to a physical exertion, poor eating habits, emotional stress, boredom or lack of sleep.
It’s that last element that we’re going to focus on in this post.
Some cases of fatigue represent a symptom of an underlying medical problem that requires medical treatment; when fatigue is not relieved by enough sleep, improved nutrition or a low-stress environment, it is time to be evaluated by a doctor.
Medical exhaustion is another way to describe extreme fatigue, and it’s more than just being tired after a long day. Indeed, like extreme fatigue, it is a condition that will linger no matter how much rest you might try to achieve, and comes with symptoms that can be quite unpleasant – and can even be a threat to your life.
It is important that we get enough rest to allow our mind and body to recover, because failing to do so can result in serious problems.
The most obvious symptom of exhaustion, in our mind, is feeling physically tired. We’ve seen plenty of patients who felt as though their body needed a rest, and that they may not have been able to go on for much longer; it is quite a common sensation, in fact, that a lot of people experience this daily, but a good night’s sleep will usually do the trick.
Make sleep a priority and keep a regular schedule; ban laptops, cell phones and televisions from your bedroom. Believe us when we say this will be a massive help.
The Sleep Apnea Factor
Some people think they’re sleeping enough, but sleep apnea gets in the way. This condition briefly stops your breathing throughout the night, and each interruption wakes you for a moment – even though you may not even be aware of it. The result? You experience sleep deprivation, despite spending eight hours between the sheets. Your doctor may order a sleep study to correct this.
Sweet Sleep Studio Fun Fact: Some recommended steps to counteract sleep apnea include losing weight, quitting smoking and using a CPAP device to help keep airway passages open during sleep.
The Bottom Line
Many cases of exhaustion are due to stress, not enough sleep, poor diet and other lifestyle factors, but if you feel you’re suffering from an overwhelming tiredness that isn’t relieved by rest and sleep, you may have an underlying medical condition that should be monitored by a sleep specialist.
To see what’s going on with your particular case, give Sweet Sleep Studio a call at (913) 309-5963. When it comes to the best sleep doctor in Kansas City, handling everything from insomnia to restless sleep, you can’t go wrong with Sweet Sleep Studio.