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Fatigue - Overview

In medicine fatigue is a state associated with physical or mental weakness (sometimes even both). Physical fatigue is a state when a person simply cannot function at the level of his/ her normal ability. Physical fatigue is noticeable if one is engaged in heavy exercises and similar. On the other hand, mental fatigue basically refers to somnolence, a strong desire for sleep.

Fatigue is a symptom of many illnesses but it may normally occur due to lack of proper sleep. It may occur at any time of the day. No matter what the cause of fatigue is it can interfere in normal functioning and performance at work as well as in the simplest daily activities.

Causes of Morning Fatigue

In early pregnancy hormonal imbalance causes many changes in a woman's body. One of these changes is morning fatigue. In many women pregnant women fatigue is one of the symptoms of early pregnancy and apart from occurring in the morning it may linger through the entire day.

One of the most common causes of morning fatigue is definitely insufficient sleep. Poor quality of sleep as well as inadequate sleep typically causes morning fatigue. Many people have to deal with this problem since they tend to go to bed late at night and get up early in the morning. Even during day they do not have sufficient time to make up for the lost sleep. Apart from morning fatigue these people generally suffer from lack of energy and fail to perform required tasks. Morning fatigue is also a characteristic of insomnia, a condition in which a person simply cannot fall asleep.

Morning fatigue can be related to insufficient intake of certain vitamins and minerals. This is most commonly a consequence of improper diet. Intake of all the necessary nutrients, vitamins and minerals provides with sufficient amount of energy and this, together with a good night sleep, is a perfect prevention against fatigue.

Hypothyroidism is a medical condition in which the thyroid gland does not produce sufficient amount of thyroid hormones. It is common for people suffering from hypothyroidism to experience morning fatigue as one of the symptoms of the disease.

One more disease associated with morning fatigue is anemia. In anemia lack of red blood cells causes insufficient transfer of oxygen to different parts of the body. This causes morning fatigue and many more symptoms of anemia.

Apart from the previously mentioned morning fatigue may be a characteristic of other illnesses such as arthritis, liver and kidney disorders, diabetes etc. Basically any kind of severe disease may feature with morning fatigue and this is why once the symptom occurs a person should report it to his/ her health care provider.

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