Feeling tired is a normal part of life, which can simply be due to a few too many late nights, not sleeping well or working too hard.
However, if tiredness persists and doesn’t improve with sleep or rest, it can affect your daily life and may be a sign of an underlying problem.
There are many causes of fatigue:
The menopause can also cause fatigue, and having your period can make you feel more tired than usual. These hormonal changes can affect your mood and energy levels, and make it difficult for you to sleep at night.
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Conditions which commonly cause fatigue include:
Your GP will discuss how you feel and any other symptoms you may be experiencing. They may ask questions about your mood and other aspects of your lifestyle to determine if you may be suffering from anxiety or depression.
They may recommend a blood test to check for anaemia, vitamin B12 deficiency and an underactive thyroid as well as other possible conditions.
If they suspect a more serious underlying cause, such as chronic fatigue syndrome, they’ll probably refer you to a consultant.
Treatment depends on the cause of your tiredness. Lifestyle changes which can help reduce tiredness include:
If an underlying condition is causing your fatigue, your doctor will recommend appropriate treatment. This could include medication, vitamin injections or psychological therapy.