According to the research, the gender and age group most susceptible to fatigue is young men from 21 to 30 years old. However, a substantial number of old persons report sleep problems that affect the quality or quantity of their sleep.
Health conditions that can cause fatigue include:
- Medical conditions that require the use of prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications.
- Depression, anxiety, and stress.
- Acute conditions (e.g., the flu, or heartburn).
- Chronic conditions (e.g., a sleep disorder such as insomnia or sleep apnea).
- Poor diet can cause fatigue because your body is not getting sufficient fuel and nutrients.
- A lack of regular exercise, and sedentary behavior, can cause increased fatigue.
- Eating/drinking too much or too little before bedtime can interfere with getting a good night’s sleep.
- Relationship issue can cause stress and lost sleep.
- Fulfilling family social commitments, and engaging in hobbies and pastimes, can leave less time for sleep.
- Jet lag causes fatigue by disrupting your circadian rhythms.
- Excessive travel time between your home and workplace can reduce the amount of time you have for sleep.
- Being accessible 24/7 – via smartphones, the internet, etc. – can reduce the amount of time you have available for sleep.
- Poor financial health creates many mental and physical stresses, and is one of the most reported causes of “lack of sleep”.
- Long-term stress, no matter what the cause, can be a factor in fatigue when your adrenal glands (the source of the “fight or flight” reaction) are continuously pumping adrenaline through your system.
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