Sleepy vs. Tired

Difference Between Sleepy And Tired

In adolescents between 13-19 years, it is as much as one-third who indicated fatigue at least four days per week. Men and women describe their fatigue in slightly different ways. Men usually say that they feel tired while women say they feel depressed or anxious, apprehensive. If fatigue is sitting in a long time, you may want to seek advice from a physician.

In about one third of cases of fatigue, one finds no specific cause. Overexertion, reduced fitness, viral illness, upper respiratory infection, anemia, lung disease, drugs, cancer and depression are fairly common causes. Fatigue is used in different meanings, and here we distinguish fatigue from sleepiness.

Sleepiness

Sleepiness is a reduction of the normal wake-up mechanisms and is characterized by a tendency to fall asleep. People who are sleepy are at least temporarily awakened by the activity, while the “true” fatigue often worsens with activity, at least in the short term. Patients with sleepiness symptoms feel better after a short sleep, nap, while patients with fatigue, lack of energy, are mentally fatigued, have poor muscle endurance, slow recovery after physical exertion, and do not feel any better even after sleeping.

Fatigue

Fatigue is usually divided into secondary fatigue, physiological or chronic fatigue.

With secondary fatigue, you understand that it depends on anything and usually when a medical condition and may go on for a month or longer, but usually less than six months.

Physiological fatigue marks more an imbalance in the way of life so that the everyday routines of physical activity, improper sleep and diet causes fatigue. This type of fatigue usually subsides with rest.

Chronic fatigue lasting longer than six months and does not go over with the rest.

Although fatigue and depression can coexist, it is important to distinguish between the concepts. Patients with fatigue are often an unable to stay fully active due to lack of energy or stamina. In a depression, it is more sadness and depression that are signs of more all-encompassing fatigue that is often expressed as “can not be bothered with anything.”

Investigation of fatigue will start with the most common symptoms. Drug intake and any use of complementary products, should be reviewed. Many drugs cause sedation, which often sits in just the first to the second week of intake. The most common drugs that cause sedation is a sedative and hypnotic agents, antidepressants, muscle relaxants, opium-containing drugs (could be cough medicine), medicines for high blood pressure and antihistamines. Many types of antibiotics are reported to cause fatigue, but this can of course possible underlying disease playing the part. Although the antihistamines quoted avoid giving fatigue cause sedation reactions in 8-15 percent of patients. 6-12 weeks of fatigue is not uncommon even after minor surgery. The quality and quantity of sleep in patients with fatigue also plays a role.

Secondary causes of fatigue are found often through physical examination. Swelling of lymph nodes (metastasis or lymphadenopathy), murmur of the heart (endocarditis), goiter, edema (heart failure, liver disease or malnutrition) and neurological disorders (stroke, brain tumor) are all coupled with this problem. Laboratory Investigation complements medical history and physical examination. Do not forget pregnancy test.

 

 

 

 

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