What level of fatigue warrants seeing a doctor?
February 28, 2010 8:38 AM Subscribe
How can I tell what a normal level of fatigue is and what merits more looking into, maybe medically?
posted by daelin to health & fitness (20 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
When I wake up in the morning, whether I've had 6 hours of sleep or 11 or anywhere in between, I feel pretty tired, and it lasts the whole day. It's not quite asleep-at-the-wheel tired, but I yawn a lot, feel kind of foggy-headed, and given a stretch of time and a moderately comfortable place (bus, couch, comfy chair..) I can fall asleep quite quickly.
Is this normal? I don't drink coffee, but everyone around me seems to - does everyone start out this tired and wake up with caffeine? Or could I have sleep apnea or something like that?
Possibly relevant information: I'm 21, female, and living in Vancouver, BC, Canada. I've been exercising less than I used to (down to ~once/week) but I've always been this tired even when I was exercising a lot. I try to eat well and stay hydrated, though there is room for improvement. This happens whether I get up naturally (usually after 8 hours) or with an alarm.