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Everyone feels tired from time to time.
But when a good night’s rest doesn’t leave you refreshed or you feel tired for days (or weeks) on end, it might be time to check in with your doctor to get to the root cause of your fatigue.
Fatigue is a lingering feeling of tiredness. It can cause physical, mental or social impairment and can leave you feeling drained.
Often, fatigue is caused by a lack of sleep. Learn how lack of sleep affects your health.
If you aren’t getting enough sleep, work on changing your sleep habits to ensure you get the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Try to avoid taking naps lasting more than 30 minutes during the day to promote good sleep habits at night.
Fatigue may also be a sign of a sleep disorder, such as obstructive sleep apnea. If you find yourself fatigued on a regular basis and notice other symptoms of sleep apnea, such as snoring, you may want to talk to your doctor about a sleep study.
Other chronic health conditions, such as allergies, diabetes or cancer, can leave people fatigued. Fatigue may also be one of the side effects of certain medications or treatments, such as chemotherapy, used to treatment a chronic health condition. Depression and anxiety can also cause fatigue.
To help promote healthy sleep habits and prevent fatigue, consider:
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Learn more about sleep disorders and sleep studies offered at Edward-Elmhurst Health.
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