12 Surprising Causes of Fatigue

by Chris Martin on December 16, 2013

Fatigue is an underrated cause of problems in the workplace. A fatigued employee will often suffer from decreased productivity, efficiency, attentiveness, and customer service capability.

You’re probably aware of some of the reasons behind fatigue, such as a lack of sleep or too much stress. But there are many more causes of workplace fatigue, some of which may surprise you. Here are a dozen of them.

  1. Sleep apnea. Even if you’re remaining in bed for eight hours or more, your body may not be recording nearly as much restorative sleep. Snoring or waking up frequently are symptoms of sleep apnea.
  2. Medications. Certain narcotics, muscle relaxers, and beta blockers can have side effects that can contribute to a lack of sleep. This in turn can lead to fatigue.
  3. Excessive caffeine. Drinking too many sodas, energy drinks, or cups of coffee in a day can affect your sleep patterns and result in fatigue. So watch your caffeine consumption.
  4. Dehydration. That said, you should strive to keep your body hydrated with non-caffeinated beverages. Even moderate dehydration can lead to sluggishness, fogginess, and fatigue.
  5. Cell phones and tablet computers. Did you know that the artificial blue light emanating from these gadgets can inhibit the product of melatonin, which helps you sleep at night? Power down those devices well before bedtime.
  6. Too little exercise. If you don’t give your body regular workouts, you will feel lethargic and tired throughout the day. This can open the door for fatigue to creep in.
  7. Too much exercise.Conversely, if you overtrain, your body can actually start producing excessive levels of cortisol, which is linked to stress and fatigue. So don’t overdo it during your workouts.
  8. Poor diet. You are what you eat. If you aren’t getting enough calories, nutrients, or protein, your body can’t produce the healing properties that can keep fatigue at bay.
  9. Iron deficiency. Iron moves oxygen to all the cells and transports waste products out of the body. A lack of iron in your diet (or anemia, if your body isn’t processing it correctly) can result in you feeling lethargic and fatigued.
  10. Thyroid problems. Often, when people feel fatigue for no reason, it can be a problem with the thyroid gland, which can wreak havoc on your metabolism. Usually, medications can help with this problem.
  11. Depression. This mental illness can have a variety of physical effects on a person, including fatigue. Medication and/or therapy can address the depression itself.
  12. Not having anything to look forward to. While this can coincide with depression, you may just be stuck in a rut, which can lead to fatigue. So set some goals and take steps to achieve them.

An anti-fatigue mat from Ultimate Mats won’t eliminate fatigue resulting from any of these causes. But it will prevent the onset of fatigue caused by prolonged standing on the job, which can help reduce the amount of overall fatigue experienced by your workers. So if your business could benefit from the utilization of one or more anti-fatigue mats, contact Ultimate Mats today to find the right products that suit your needs.

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