Fatigue Is NOT Exhaustion
Fatigue is NOT exhaustion! It is easy to confuse the two, because they feel very similar: your energy is sapped, you are tired, and your body is telling you to go to sleep. However, fatigue and exhaustion have very different origins. Therefore, the remedy for exhaustion can not cure fatigue.
Exhaustion occurs when we deplete our energy through physical, mental, or emotional exertion. All it takes is a good night's sleep to restore our energy. We wake up feeling refreshed, renewed, and capable of normal daily activity.
Fatigue is the result of depleted energy reserves even in the absence of physical, mental, or emotional exertion. There is a systemic organic reason for feeling tired -- some disease or physical dysfunction is interfering in the production of energy. No amount of sleep corrects the underlying problem, so you do not wake up feeling refreshed. It is difficult to be able to participate in normal daily activities.
That could explain why people with fatigue often have a hard time falling asleep at night. Their fatigue has impeded them from doing enough to tire themselves out. They end up tossing and turning late into the night. They can not get enough rest, which compounds the problem further.
If you are experiencing fatigue, it is important for you to
see a doctor
. Your doctor can run the necessary tests to determine if you have chronic fatigue syndrome or one of the myriad of other diseases that mimic it. In addition, there are
that you can begin now to manage your fatigue and improve your quality of life.
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