Fatigue, as defined by the Mayo Clinic, is a state where a person experiences “unrelenting exhaustion” that impacts his/her energy levels, motivation, and concentration.
Symptoms of fatigue include, but are not limited to:
- Lack of energy
- Inability to pay attention
- Feeling tired after sleeping
- Trouble concentrating
- Trouble speaking
Because fatigue can negatively impact alertness, it can be very hazardous for a worker to experience on site.
Possible Causes of Fatigue
- Use of alcohol/drugs
- Lack of physical activity
- Lack of sleep
- Unhealthy eating habits
Fatigue can also be a symptom of multiple health issues, such as:
- Heart disease
If you’re experiencing prolonged fatigue, speak to your physician.
Although it may seem counterproductive, being active and regularly exercising can improve energy levels.
Eating healthy can help you maintain a healthy weight and boost energy levels.
Drink Plenty of Water
Studies have shown that dehydration can negatively impact energy levels. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
Create a Sleep Schedule
Creating set sleep and wake times (even on days off) can help your body know when it needs to be alert and when it needs to be energized.