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6 Common causes of fatigue

Causes and tips to deal with fatigue

Inadequate sleep

Lack of sleep makes you feel lethargic whole next day. A body needs rest to rejuvenate. Insufficient sleep leads to poor concentration. Seven to eight hours of sleep every night is essential.

Solution: Prioritize sleep. Make a regular schedule. Bar cell phones, laptops, and other gadgets in a bedroom. Use aromatherapy oils, soothing music, or Yoga Nidra DVDs to help you sleep better. Still unable to sleep? Seek medical help from a doctor.

Inappropriate and inadequate eating

Eating too less can cause low energy and fatigue. Similarly, eating wrong foods can be a problem. A well- balanced diet helps keep blood sugar levels normal, provides needed energy to the brain and thus prevents that sluggish feeling.

Solution: Never skip breakfast. Add healthy sources like cheese and eggs to diet along with complex carbs like whole grains and try to include protein and complex carbs in every meal.

Caffeine overload

A cup of tea or coffee might help to improve alertness and concentration for some time. Excess caffeine leads to increased heart rate, agitation, lack of sleep and fatigue.

Solution: Cut back on tea, coffee, colas, and chocolates. Gradually reduce the intake. Sudden cut back might set in withdrawal symptoms and more fatigue.


Persistent unexplained fatigue for a prolonged time warrants investigation to rule out diabetes. Diabetic people have excessively high sugar in the bloodstream which does not enter body's cells to be utilized as energy. This results in lack of energy in spite of eating well and feeling low.

Solution: Get investigated. Diabetes management comprises of medications, lifestyle changes, proper diet and exercise.


Iron deficiency causes low hemoglobin. This is one of the leading causes of fatigue in women. The reasons could be heavy bleeding at monthly periods, malnutrition, blood loss at pregnancy etc.

Solution: Treat iron deficiency by eating foods rich in iron and taking iron supplements.

Idiopathic fatigue

Mild fatigue without any obvious reason could be treated excellently with exercise. A tired body gets a good energy boost from a simple exercise program. A small walk for 20 minutes or jogging can help fight fatigue.

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