Fatigue: extreme tiredness, typically resulting from mental or physical exertion or illness

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  • I don’t know about you, but I make a distinction between fatigue and exhaustion. Fatigue for me means being very tired. Exhaustion – well that’s a topic for different day. It feels like a whole nother thing, and we will cover it tomorrow.
    I remember when my obstetrician called my labor pains in preparation for the birth of my son “discomfort”. Really? I thought discomfort was more of a nuisance or inconvenience. I am in some serious life-and-death pain here! I feel like I am being drawn and quartered! Okay, sometimes I can get a little dramatic, but that is how I experience it: fatigue is more akin to discomfort, and exhaustion is at the other end of the spectrum, like painful childbirth. Fatigue is something that I have to live with daily and work with, or work around. And don’t even get me started on the relationship of fatigue to sleep (or the lack thereof).
    Doesn’t it seem that if you are very tired and your body is crying out for sleep, you would be out like a light as soon as your head hits the pillow? Has your body ever craved sleep and then pushed it away, like a baby who is ravenously hungry but refuses to eat the strained peas?

    What signals does your body give that it is fatigued? Is there anything you do to keep it going in spite of fatigue? What happens when you do this? Have you tuned into your body to be able to anticipate the transition from fatigue to exhaustion, and avoided it?
    #fatigue #extremelytired #fatiguevsexhaustion #sotiredIcantsleep

    Gail Moser
  • I really struggle with fatigue, as well as tiredness, acknowledging they are two different things. I realized they were different things about a year ago when I got the Glow app for my phone – I’m nearing menopausal age and wanted to start tracking my cycles to get a sense of how long/short they were so I could pay attention to avoid scheduling things at times when I know I won’t have energy for them. In this app, they have lists of physical symptoms, where fatigue is listed, whereas “tired” is listed under mood/emotional (honestly I don’t know who makes this stuff up). With another app I have been tracking my sleep, thinking that my tiredness and fatigue could be remedied if only I got enough sleep, but despite my best efforts of getting a reasonable amount of sleep (8 hours for me), I still feel tired and fatigued all day every day.

    And yes, to Gail’s post above, absolutely – I have laid down to sleep or nap and then, sure enough, my mind won’t shut off or my muscles will feel restless and sleep evades me. It’s so annoying how we can be tired and/or fatigued all day and then when it finally comes time to go to bed or take a nap, the body says nope.

    I don’t push myself to exhaustion as much as I used to. I have been hopeful that by the exercise I am doing that my energy levels would improve  but alas, there has been no change. I still have to give myself a big pep talk before putting on my running shoes, “ok let’s do this, I’ll feel much better after for having done it”. In fact, because of the intensity of my workouts I find I have even less energy. It makes me wonder, what is wrong with me?

    What signals fatigue for me is that everything feels like I’m walking through a fog. I feel like if I were to curl up on comfy furniture that I would probably fall asleep (though that seldom happens). Mostly I push through because I have to, work must be done. I’ve noticed lately though that I don’t have time to keep my house as clean as I would like – a combination of being really busy with school/work but also just not having energy to do everything and something must give.

    I would love to know what it would take to improve my energy levels. I would like to know what it’s like to not feel #tiredallthetime. Do I need to spend more time outside? Move to a place that has more natural light and brighter walls/floors? Change my diet to a more plant-based, whole-foods, raw diet? All of these things? I would love to stop clicking #fatigue on my Glow app.

  • Been away – not as much energy – back at work after two months away for health issues and #fatigue is something I am familiar with. I have never paused to note the difference between fatigue and exhaustion. I tend to lump them together in that my unhealthy rhythms have been to energize and manifest, then crash afterwards. Fatigue, since the fall, has been a constant companion and I think I live in the land of exhaustion and fatigue and I am getting to know its many shades and hues, colors, and textures.

    • Dymond, I hope you feel more energized soon — though not necessarily if it leads to crashing later.:)
      For me, there is a clear difference between fatigue and exhaustion. Fatigue may lead to exhaustion, but for me there are times when there is another type of exhaustion that is infinitely more definite — it is being drained, and the sensation is both physical and emotional.
      #exhaustion #drained

  • I am fatigued. I am exhausted.

    When I am fatigued,  I clean, I rest, I clean, I rest. I reestablish a rhythm to move through the day. When I am fatigued, my legs feel like a ton of bricks. That’s my signal. So the cleaning draws my energy from the core and redisperses it throughout the body so that I am doing yoga to re-energize, by cleaning!

    When I am exhausted, I stop. I stare out the window. I crack a beer, to keep me sedated on the bench, on the porch so I won’t push any longer. I go blank.

    Why do I enter these phases? My mind whirls me into fatigue. I find myself fighting for freedom. Actually, I am just spinning my wheels in anger, which sends me to fatigue. So I use that anger to move on out …. at least, I can collapse from successful physical activity rather than from clunky mind games.

    Exhaustion means I give in, I surrender. I rather like exhaustion, better than fatigue, since I can more easily release muscle tension and not care about the external pressures that my mind creates. Of course my responsibilities don’t end and are serious in many regards. Yet I have backup, I have respite and I’m old enough now to declare my health comes first.


  • When I am fatigued, I can power through whatever it is that I need to get done and I can fall asleep without much trouble.  Fatigue is my normal day-to-day modus operandi.  When I am exhausted with heavy, stumbling legs and a numb can’t-smile-no-matter-what face, I can’t fall asleep very easily and, guaranteed, I will wake up a couple times during the night.  I remember being a kid and having no problems falling asleep/staying asleep… waking up to a full body stretch… how I would love to sleep like that again.  I find that mental exertion pushes me to exhaustion while normal physical exertion results in me simply being fatigued.  I can slow down physical exertion if I feel myself tipping into exhaustion; mental exertion means needing a time out and a chance to recover because the exhaustion is just overwhelming.  #fatigue  #extremelytired  #fatiguevsexhaustion  #sotiredIcantsleep


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