Waking up knackered even after ample sleep? Could be Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Fatigue is more than a of feeling tiredness, unrefreshing sleep, and can be caused due to lack of sleep or any other underlying medical problem. Fatigue is encountered physically and mentally. Extreme exhaustion can lead to mental fatigue.
Fatigue should get better with rest, but feeling tired even after long hours of sleep, then definitely one needs to pay attention. This could be a sign of an underlying medical condition. Fatigue with other symptoms, which lasted for six months or more is termed as chronic fatigue syndrome or “Myalgic Encephalomyelitis”.</p?
The exact causes of chronic fatigue are unknown, and can be due to many factors like health conditions, lifestyle habits, work related stress, poor diet habits, nutritional deficiencies like anemia, Psychological, immunological, sleep disorders, viral infections, chemical toxins and low concentration of oxygen in the blood. Fatigue can cause symptoms of dizziness, persistent low-grade fever, headache, muscle weakness, irritability, poor concentration, confusion, low energy levels and sleeplessness.
Diagnosing fatigue on one factor can be difficult, as it can be caused due to combination of factors. There are no universal guidelines in diagnosing chronic fatigue. A thorough medical history, physical examination, mental status examination, and laboratory tests must be conducted to identify underlying or contributing conditions that require treatment. Diagnosis or classification cannot be made without such an evaluation.
Chronic fatigue if left untreated, can cause low blood pressure, deficiencies of minerals and vitamins like Zinc, Vitamin D, Folic acid, Vitamin B12 and Magnesium. It is believed that, chronic fatigue syndrome is linked to immune system. Certain foods can worsen chronic fatigue syndrome in some people with food sensitiveness and food intolerance. Elimination diet works better for these individuals, and rectifying nutritional deficiencies is important in treating fatigue. Balanced diet plays an important role to avoid nutritional deficiencies.
Fatigue can have negative effects on life, and sometimes it can get better without medical intervention, by just adopting healthy lifestyle changes, like correcting poor eating habits, in combination with cognitive behavioral therapy, relaxation techniques and physical activity.