Is Your Fatigue Due to Stress, or Is It Something More?

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Fatigue often whispers to us in the quiet moments of our busy lives, urging us to slow down. Yet, for many, it’s not merely the result of long hours or overexertion. While stress frequently shoulders the blame, other silent culprits might be at play. Let’s explore together the deeper reasons behind that lingering tiredness and find clarity on what causes our exhaustion or fatigue.

Poor Sleep Patterns

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One of the most common causes of fatigue is not getting enough quality sleep. Symptoms can include difficulty falling asleep, waking up frequently, or feeling groggy upon waking. Remedy: Stick to a regular sleep schedule, create a calm bedtime routine, and make your bedroom a sanctuary free from electronics.

Thyroid Issues

The thyroid, a small gland in the neck, controls the body’s energy. An underactive thyroid can make you feel tired and cold and cause weight gain. Remedy: If these symptoms sound familiar, see your doctor for a simple blood test.

Nutritional Deficiencies

Lacking certain nutrients, like vitamin B12, iron, or vitamin D, can leave you feeling exhausted. Symptoms might include pale skin, breathlessness, or dizziness. Remedy: A balanced diet with supplements, if needed, can make a world of difference.


Depression is not just a mental state; it can have physical symptoms, too. Feeling constantly tired, losing interest in hobbies, or feeling down are common signs. Remedy: Talk therapy and medications can help; speak with a mental health professional.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

CFS is a condition where fatigue lasts longer than six months and isn’t caused by other illnesses. Other symptoms include headaches, sore throat, and joint pain. Remedy: While there’s no single treatment, a combination of lifestyle changes and medications can help.

Medication Side Effects

Some medications, including blood pressure drugs, antihistamines, and some antidepressants, can cause fatigue. Remedy: If you suspect your meds, speak to your doctor about alternative treatments or dosages.


Not drinking enough water can lead to feelings of tiredness. Dry mouth, dark yellow urine, and headache are common signs of dehydration. Remedy: Aim for 8 cups of water a day, more if you’re active or in hot weather.

While stress is undoubtedly a common energy zapper, it’s not the only factor that can leave you feeling drained. If you’re experiencing persistent fatigue, it’s essential to consider other potential causes. Listen to your body, and don’t hesitate to seek professional advice. You deserve to live a life full of energy and vitality.

Josh Dudick

Josh is the owner and lead writer at Daily Wisely. His career has taken him from finance to blogging, and now shares his insights with readers of Daily Wisely.

Josh's work and authoritative advice have appeared in major publications like Nasdaq, Forbes, The Sun, Yahoo! Finance, CBS News, Fortune, The Street, MSN Money, and Go Banking Rates. Josh has over 15 years of experience on Wall Street, and currently shares his financial expertise in investing, wealth management, markets, taxes, real estate, and personal finance on his other website, Top Dollar Investor.

Josh graduated from Cornell University with a degree from the Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management at the SC Johnson College of Business.