Fatigue occurs daily in everybody’s lives as a natural part of our biological process. Chronic fatigue is persistent daily fatigue that usually limits functional ability. It is not the same as chronic fatigue syndrome, which is a specific disorder.

Even if a person has fatigue from a known disease like rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, or fibromyalgia there are many factors that can contribute to the fatigue. These factors may include:

  • Medication side effects (Some sleeping pills can cause fatigue the next day)
  • Poor sleep quality
  • Lack of exercise and physical deconditioning
  • Inadequate nutrition and irregular meals
  • Rebound fatigue from caffeine wearing off
  • Stress
  • Pain
  • Depression
  • Over activity or poor pacing of activity
  • Lying down too much in bed, on the couch, or in a reclining chair
  • Unrealistic expectations about one’s responsibilities and physical capacity
  • Dehydration
  • Boredom
  • Constipation
  • Medical conditions: cardiovascular, cardiopulmonary, anemia, hypothyroidism

All of these contributing factors can be reduced or eliminated, resulting in improved energy, mood, and sleep.

The Solutions for Wellness program helps people develop a holistic, self-management plan for reducing fatigue and increasing energy and functional ability.