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What Causes Fatigue?

Mornings can be hectic. Getting dressed up, making sure the kids get to school and traversing through your commute can leave you feeling sleepy for the rest of the day. While being a little tired is no cause for concern, being exhausted for several days or even weeks is. This is what separates fatigue from regular tiredness. Below are some of the common causes of fatigue.

What may be causing your Fatigue?

Food and Drinks

Yes, a piping hot cup of coffee in the morning can be a life saver. However, drinking caffeinated beverages like coffee, soda or tea in the evening can prevent you from getting a good night's sleep. Alcohol and junk food can also lower your energy levels, so be sure to indulge moderately.

Parental Exhaustion

Parents of newborns especially know that raising a child can be incredibly tiresome. This is especially true for mothers, who can subject themselves to unrelenting pressure and perfectionism as they navigate their maternal role. Asking for help and keeping a support network intact can be crucial to avoiding fatigue caused by parental responsibilities.


It may be hard to find time to work out, but having a regular exercise routine can help maintain a fit body and strong blood flow, both of which can fend off fatigue. Be sure to not overdo it, as overextending yourself in your workouts can lead you right back to fatigue. The Center for Disease Control recommends 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity and 2 days of muscle strengthening each week.


If you suspect you have fatigue, early action may be crucial since fatigue may indicate a more serious condition. Sleep apnea, diabetes and inflammatory bowel disease are a few examples of conditions with links to fatigue. Be sure to consult a doctor if you've been exhausted for several weeks and have made a concerted effort to get proper rest and hydration.

At Ascend Medical, we believe that good health begins with preventive care. Because of this, we work with you to create an ongoing, coordinated plan to optimize your health and wellbeing. Ask your Ascend Medical Provider today to help you get back on track.

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