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Fatigue is a phenomenon characterized by extreme exhaustion, that lasts longer than tiredness and is unaffected or relieved by rest. It is an unceasing case of weariness that develops over time and significantly affects energy levels, motivation, and concentration. Fatigue of this level of magnitude can impact your emotional and physiological wellness and is often tied to depression. Other symptoms include physical weakness, insomnia, and muscle pain. The prevalence of chronic fatigue syndrome is very rampant - over one million Americans have been diagnosed with CFS, while many others demonstrate the symptoms but misdiagnose them.

Causes of Fatigue

Often, fatigue can be tied to one or more of an individual’s lifestyle or daily routines, including remaining sedentary all day, failure to exercise, and depression. On some occasions, fatigue is a symptom or result of other untreated medical conditions that require immediate attention.  Some lifestyle factors that can impact fatigue are regular use of drugs and alcohol, excess physical activity, lack of sleep, remaining sedentary, medications such as antihistamines, and unhealthy diet. Some causes of fatigue are tied to heart disease, chronic pain like arthritis, and cancer. Before being diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, doctors will usually try to rule out fibromyalgia, chronic mononucleosis, and chemical sensitivities.

Risk Factors

People of all ethnicities and level of wellness can develop chronic fatigue syndrome. Some major risk factors include gender (females are four times as likely to develop CFS), age (it is most common between ages 40 and 50), and genetic ties.

Lifestyle Adjustments

One of the best ways to combat chronic fatigue is to consistently get seven to nine hours of sleep daily, maintain a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, lean protein and healthy fats, and to get a regular schedule of physical activity into your daily routine. If the problem persists, it could be due to an imbalance in holistic health. Try incorporating some therapeutic tricks into your daily routine, and see if any changes come forth. If none, consult your doctor.