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This page talks about coping with tiredness and fatigue. For more information, see our Essential Guide on Tiredness and Fatigue.
Everyone feels tired sometimes. Usually after some rest or sleep you feel better. However, living with a long-term health condition can cause fatigue and make you feel tired a lot of the time.You might have little energy or motivation for doing everyday things. This can have a big impact on your daily life, work and relationships. However, there are many things you can do to help manage your tiredness and fatigue, and save your energy.
Fatigue is the name given to extreme tiredness. It is different from normal tiredness. If you have fatigue, you can feel tired and low in energy most of the time, even after you rest or sleep. Where this page talks about tiredness, the information also applies to fatigue.
Tiredness affects everyone differently. As well as a general lack of energy you may also:
Learning ways of saving your energy can be very helpful: this page gives you some useful tips.
Living with a long-term health condition can cause fatigue and make you feel tired a lot of the time. Other reasons might include:
It can help to speak to your doctor about your tiredness to find out if there is anything that might help. For example, changing medication to something that works better for you. Speak to your doctor first before making any changes. Never stop taking medication without their advice.
For more information on managing tiredness, see our Essential Guide on Tiredness and Fatigue.