• The Dangers of Fatigue

    Fatigue is a serious subject. Everyone gets tired, but when you let that tired feeling go on for days, weeks, or even months, you stress your body out to an extreme - and it will respond accordingly. Here's what "tired" can do to you if you don't take care of it:

    • According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of US, 100,000 police-reported crashes every year are direct results of driver fatigue.

    • Above given numbers account for estimated 1550 deaths, 71,000+ injuries, and $12.5 million in monetary losses.

    • A 2012 study from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) showed that driving sleepy is no different than driving drunk.

    • According to the National Sleep Foundation, 60% of adult vehicle drivers in America said they have driven a vehicle while feeling drowsy. This accounts for a whooping 168 million.

    • According to same poll,  37% of those drivers have even fallen asleep at the wheel.

    • And even worse, 13% of them have done this for more than a month.

    Now, when it comes to your fitness routine, tired is a given. But there are different levels of tired, and staying in check with yourself and your need for rest is important to your health and your overall safety.

    FATIGUE

    In our daily life, we often suffer from both physical and mental stress. Workload, family obligations, health issues, and other life situations break us down both physically and mentally. Failure to take a "rest" from these stressors, leads to fatigue. There are two types of fatigue:

    • Physical fatigue

    • Mental fatigue

    In physical, we suffer from lack of strength and/or energy. Mild physical fatigue like soreness or just plain "tired" usually clears up immediately when addressed. Going easy on the exercise, getting extra sleep, proper nutrition, and old-fashioned rest can usually relieve mild fatigue. In mental, our brain function decreases as a result of all of the same factors that cause physical fatigue - in fact,it can be a direct result of it. Mental fatigue is particularly dangerous because, in essence, it decreases our level of consciousness - making tasks that require concentration, like everyday driving, a danger.

    EXHAUSTION

    Exhaustion may seem like a synonym for fatigue, but it is in fact a more severe case of "tired." You may recover from fatigue with proper rest, but exhaustion requires much more than an immediate solution. Although the reasons for exhaustion are same as the reasons for fatigue, its effect is more harmful and dangerous. In exhaustion, prolonged fatigue and excessive stress that have not been addressed begin to wreak havoc on the body and brain.

    You may develop gastrointestinal issues, headaches/migraines, and even experience depression. Exercising, operating equipment, and even driving can be dangerous when exhausted - resulting in serious injury. When exhausted, recovery can require prolonged rest, medication, or even in extreme cases, hospitalization. If any of the following apply to you, you may want to get some rest or see a physician as soon as possible:

    • Dreading the day before it's begun

    • Falling asleep while at work

    • Getting heartburn and/or migraines regularly

    • Feeling physically weak

    • Feeling unusually irritable, angry, or sad

    • Having trouble concentrating

    • Feeling dizzy and/or tired with little physical exertion

    THE BOTTOM LINE

    We often neglect ourselves, prioritizing work and life's other commitments over our own health. But when we do so regularly and excessively, it can result in a full-body shutdown. Take time to listen to your body when it needs some attention, this way you'll be able to be give 110% to all the people and events that matter most to you.

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