Do you often feel tired and lifeless? Do you go to bed on time, but don’t wake up rested? You can become exhausted literally and figuratively from fatigue. That’s why we tell you everything you need to know about fatigue.

What is fatigue?

Everyone is tired sometimes. Did you make it late? Do not panic. It often helps to sleep well for one or two nights. You can catch up on sleep deprivation. Fatigue can also last longer. We speak of chronic fatigue (also called chronic fatigue syndrome), if you suffer from severe fatigue for more than six months. If you suffer from chronic fatigue, you will no longer be able to do your daily activities. The cause of this syndrome is unknown.

What are the symptoms of fatigue?

In addition to a tired feeling in your head and body, there are other symptoms by which you can recognize (over) fatigue:

  • Being less able to concentrate
  • Irritability
  • Do not feel like or have energy for anything
  • Headache
  • Dizziness

What is the cause of fatigue?

Fatigue can have various causes. We list the most common causes for you.

Sleeping problems

Often fatigue is caused by sleeping problems. There are several things you can understand by sleep problems. For example, you may have trouble falling asleep in the evening, wake up often at night, or wake up very early in the morning. Want to know more about insomnia? Then read on about insomnia .

Do you regularly feel tense? Or do you often worry in bed? This can make it difficult for you to fall asleep at night or not to sleep well. Psychological causes of fatigue can include

Psychological causes

  • A major event in your life
  • Tensions at home or at work
  • A depression or burnout
  • An anxiety or panic disorder

Physical causes

Finally, there are also physical causes for your fatigue, such as:

  • Over- or underweight
  • Not enough exercise
  • An unhealthy diet
  • To smoke
  • The use of certain medications
  • Excessive alcohol and / or drug use
  • Prolonged or chronic pain
  • Certain diseases, such as heart and lung disease, diabetes and cancer

What Can I Do Against Fatigue?

If you suffer from fatigue, it can help improve your sleeping habits, reduce stress and adjust your lifestyle.

Improve sleeping habits

Do you often lie awake at night? There are many things you can do to make sleeping and sleeping easier and faster. For example, turn off your phone completely earlier in the evening. Knowing more? In our article on sleep , you can read all about healthy sleeping habits.

Reduce stress

The more stressed you are, the less you can relax, the more stressed you become. Recognizable? Stress can make you quite tired. Consciously take time for relaxation by taking breaks in your working day (in which you do nothing but, for example, some mindfulness ), get enough exercise (did you know that it works better against stress than reading a book on the couch?) And a using deep abdominal breathing instead of shallow chest breathing (read more about breathing exercises ). To reduce emotional stress, it is important to express (negative) feelings and thoughts. Don’t bottle them up, but share them with someone you trust!

Adjust lifestyle

In addition to improving your sleeping habits, it can help to stop habits that encourage fatigue. Think of tips such as:

  • Quit smoking. In this article about quitting smoking you can read how to do that.
  • Drink in moderation.
  • Do not use drugs.
  • Reduce obesity. Try to lose weight, exercise more and eat healthier and less. Do you find it difficult to start exercising? In this article we give you tips to start exercising .
  • Healthy and varied food.
  • Get enough exercise every day. That doesn’t have to be difficult! We have collected tips for you to exercise more.
  • Address and solve problems at home or at work.

When should you see a doctor?

In most cases, fatigue will go away as soon as you adjust your sleeping habits or lifestyle or when the tensions in your life subside. It is then not necessary to consult your doctor. Do contact your doctor if fatigue is accompanied by:

  • Prolonged coughing
  • Decreased appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Pain
  • Anxious or depressed feelings
  • Drowsiness or confusion

Even if the fatigue lasts longer than three months and you don’t know what causes it, it is wise to consult your doctor.…