If you’re tired after your final exams or late nights working, then you’re probably fine but if you notice exhausting symptoms, you should see your doctor.
Are you tired or exhausted? During the pandemic,the endless news cycle and likely unbalanced work/life balance could wear anybody out.
But there’s a difference between tiredness and fatigue.
“If you’re tired after a week of final exams or late nights at work, then you’re probably fine,” says Dr. Alyssa Dweck, MD, an OB-GYN at the Mount Kisco Medical Group in New York.
Yes, fatigue happens to everyone, but if it doesn’t feel logical, then it’s worth getting it checked out.
According to Dr. Sherry Ross, MD, from Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California:
Nutritionist Clarissa Lenherr from biohacking platform bioniq, Dr. Sherry Ross and Dr. Alyssa Dweck shared a list of symptoms that could explain why your tiredness could be a sign of something more serious.
Here are the five most common symptoms of fatigue advise by experts.
Changes in Mood
If you have noticed these feelings have lasted more than a month, Clarissa recommends reaching out to your local GP.
Still tired after eight hours of sleep
If you get enough sleep every night but you don’t feel refreshed or energized and still feel sluggish, you could have a problem.
The expert recommends implementing some sleep hygiene practices in order to optimize your sleep, such as avoiding caffeine too late in the day, reducing electronic use at night-time and downloading blue light blocking filters, as well as incorporating stress management into your bedtime routine.
Changes in weight
Visit your doctor to discuss the problem and rule out other conditions such as an underactive thyroid, which can lead to weight gain, fatigue, lowered mood, and brain fog first.
Clarissa recommended to:
The nutritionist recommends getting tested if this lasts for more than a couple of weeks as brain fog can be the result of an underactive thyroid, hormonal imbalances, gut health conditions and nutritional deficiencies.
Changes in hair and skin
This is one of the most obvious signs of exhaustion is changes to your hair and skin.
Checking for nutritional deficiencies can rule out any underlying issues that might be causing your exhaustion and will allow you to supplement based on what your body requires.