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How to assess Tiredness and fatigue

Do you feel tired all the time?

Everyone feels tired from time to time, but for some people the tiredness never goes away and this stops them from getting on with their life. People can feel both physically and mentally “drained of energy”. Sometimes this is called ‘fatigue’, which is a feeling of extreme tiredness or exhaustion. Fatigue can occur for lots of different reasons, including not getting enough sleep, stress, diet, and other lifestyle factors. Sometimes there’s no obvious reason and unexplained tiredness is one of the most common reasons for people to see their GP.

Signs of being unusually tired can include:

If these signs look familiar to you and tiredness is affecting your normal work, social or leisure activities, it may help to find out more about tiredness and fatigue in the ‘Learn’ section.

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