Fatigue is a general subjective feeling of tiredness or exhaustion, and is also referred to as lethargy. Fatigue can be physical, when muscles in the body have not had sufficient rest after strain and are not able to perform optimally, or mental, where one’s cognitive ability is impaired for a relatively short period of time, due to prolonged mental activity. Fatigue is usually considered quite different from sleepiness. Sleepiness can be remedied by a nap or a good night’s sleep, whereas chronic fatigue involves a level of tiredness that is disproportionate to the intensity of effort, is sustained - for six months or longer - and has no apparent cause.
There is evidence that some personality types can be particularly vulnerable to CFS and that the condition can result in severe depression. Psychology Melbourne has a number of psychologists who can help clients with chronic fatigue manage their lives.
As is the case with many physical and psychological issues, fatigue can be minimised and energy levels increased through regular, sufficient, good-quality sleep; healthy eating habits; regular exercise and treatment of any medical conditions. Prompt action to reduce stress and anxiety levels can also be beneficial. It can be quite helpful to identify the physical or emotional causes of fatigue.
Fatigue can affect all areas of life. When you are drained of energy on a regular basis, relationships at home, with friends or in the workplace can suffer. Tiredness affects concentration, so performance and productivity can suffer and the risk of injury through road accidents can increase significantly. Long-term fatigue can affect your physical health, as you lack the energy or interest to maintain healthy eating and exercise habits. If your exhaustion is impacting on your quality of life and keeping you from doing the things you want to do, you should seek professional help.