Is feeling unusually tired a common problem day after day? About 50 million other Americans experience general fatigue, making it the most common complaint next to colds and flu.
1 in every 5 people will experience this without any warning, while 1 out of 10 will have prolonged fatigue. Commonly, fatigue can be felt at any age but is more common in women than men and less common in older and younger ones.
While many understand that it can be normal to feel tired or sleepy sometimes, the question of what daytime fatigue really is can be a common question.
What is Daytime Fatigue?
Simply speaking, daytime fatigue is a feeling of exhaustion during the day. This is characterized by a feeling of weariness or lack of energy even if a person has just woken up.
Aside from this it is also common to have lack of motivation in everyday tasks. Poor performance, low productivity and errors or mistakes in school and work can also be observed.
Over and above all this, those with daytime fatigue may also experience memory problems, depression and a lack of interest in social activities.
Aside from a feeling of being overly tired, those with daytime fatigue also experience an unusual amount of sleepiness throughout the day. This is often accompanied by constant yawning, feeling drowsy and easily dozing off when no activity is taking place.
Although there seems to be no big problem with these symptoms, daytime fatigue can actually be very dangerous.
The possibility of falling sleep anytime can become a risk and hazard on the road, when working with machinery and even to the self.
What are the Causes of Daytime Fatigue?
There are a number of different reasons that daytime fatigue can occur. In general, the different causes for daytime fatigue can be categorized into two, but have other sub causes under them. These major causes are:
Lack of Sleep - experts note that adults need at least eight hours of sleep each night in order to get the rest the body needs.
However, because of lifestyle, work and other reasons some people only get about six to seven hours of sleep each night (or less).
The small amount of sleep that is lost each night leads to a deficit that brings about daytime fatigue.
Irregular Sleep - Even when people have enough time to sleep, certain factors can prevent them from getting a good night’s rest.
There are a number of different reasons that a person can have irregular sleep. These include:
- Sleep disorders - sleep apnea, insomnia snoring and other sleep disorders keep the body from getting continuous and restful sleep.
- Injury - short term injuries as of all types can present pain in various body parts keeping people from being able to sleep.
- Illness - like injuries, illnesses, whether short term or chronic can also present themselves with pain making it difficult to achieve sleep.
- Medication - certain drugs contain caffeine or other forms of stimulants which can keep the system alert and awake at night.
Here's the video that answers a question about daytime fatigue, in detail. The question is: No matter how much I sleep, I still feel tired all the time. What could that mean?