How tired is too tired?

What is the difference between “being tired” and the diagnosis of fatigue?

Tiredness happens to everyone — it’s expected after certain activities or at the end of the day. A good night’s sleep solves the problem.

Fatigue is an ongoing daily lack of energy: excessive whole-body tiredness not relieved by sleep. It can stop someone from functioning normally and affects a person’s quality of life.

What causes fatigue?

Lifestyle Factors. Taking an honest inventory of things that could be causing your fatigue is the first step toward relief.

Evaluating exercise, nutrition, alcohol use, and medications and routines can have an enormous impact on levels of fatigue.

Modifications can often dramatically impact levels of fatigue.

Medical Conditions. Speak to your doctor for an evaluation if you have fatigue.

Anemia: a common blood disorder that makes it hard for your blood to move oxygen to your organs. No oxygen, no energy.

Thyroid problems: this gland in your neck regulates your metabolism and energy levels. When the thyroid gland out of whack, you’re out of whack.

Depression: undiagnosed/untreated depression can rob your brain of the chemicals needed to work at its best.

Many other medical conditions including: Infections, Sleep Apnea, and Heart or Lung Disease can manifest the symptom of fatigue as well.


Fatigue is never normal. Get back to living the life you want to live…seek care from your physician and get to the root cause of the problem so that you can start recovering and boost your energy levels.

Looking for a physician who listens and takes the time to answer all of your questions? At Roots Health DPC we offer unrushed comprehensive visits. Your wellness is our priority.