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Last Updated on May 22, 2018

271 Best Answers on Quora You Might Have Missed Last Year

271 Best Answers on Quora You Might Have Missed Last Year

Think that you might have missed some really interesting answers on Quora last year? You’re lucky to have this list of good Quora answers here. Murali Krishnan has summarized the best Quora answers. He tried his best to include as many good answers as possible and compiled a list of answers over the past month.

This is not an official list of top answers on Quora, but I hope you enjoy reading all these good ones chosen by Krishnan:

  1. Do black people use heroin? by Aaron Ellis
  2. What are some fascinating examples of ancient or medieval technology? by Achilleas Vortselas
  3. Is it safe to take a shower during a thunderstorm? by Adam D’Angelo
  4. Why does some content go viral on the internet? by Adam Mordecai
  5. Why don’t Einstein’s descendants inherit Einstein’s IQ? by Adrien Lucas Ecoffet
  6. What insights do baristas get into customers based on their coffee orders? by Alecia Li Morgan
  7. Is it true that insulin makes you age faster? by Alex K. Chen
  8. How should I prepare for a job interview for a position in investment management? answered by Alex Song
  9. Who is the biggest lying cheater in the history of pro sports? by Alex Suchman
  10. How do you justify killing unborn children? by Alia Caldwell
  11. Why is factoring numbers into primes a difficult problem? by Alon Amit
  12. Why are rapes, abductions and sexual assaults increasing alarmingly in all parts of India? What are the main causes? by Amar Prabhu
  13. What is the worst mistake ever made in computer science and programming that proved to be painful for programmers for years? by Anders Kaseorg
  14. What are the best photos of World War II? by Andrei Kolodovski
  15. How did Susan Bennett not know she was the voice of Siri until after she was recognized by a friend? by Andrew Hamada
  16. What did the Occupy movement do right? by Andrew Ross Long
  17. How did the US break Japanese military codes in the run up to the Battle of Midway in 1942? by Andrew Warinner
  18. As a solo hiker can you camp overnight at Mount Everest Base Camp?  by Andy Johns
  19. How has Bruce Wayne acquired so many skills? by Andy Lee Chaisiri
  20. What are the basics of weightlifting and bodybuilding supplements? by Andy Lemke
  21. How does cyber warfare work? by Andy Manoske
  22. What do you do before, in and after lectures? by Ani Ravi
  23. If we never use 90% of the stuff we learn in engineering school, why do we learn it? by Anirudh Joshi
  24. Is reading overrated? by Ankit Sethi
  25. Do cats all speak the same language? by Anne K. Halsall
  26. What are the coolest bed covers / duvets? by Annie Wang
  27. What’s the purpose of long words which have short, simple equivalents? by Antariksh Bothale
  28. Why does zero factorial (0!) equal one? by Anubhav Bindlish
  29. Who would win in a fight between Superman and the Hulk? by Ariel Williams
  30. What is it like to have Parkinson’s? by Arjun Subramaniam
  31. If Hermione were on Quora, who and what would she be following? by Arun Prasath
  32. What do call girls know that other people don’t? by Ashly Lorenzana
  33. How did Ashton Kutcher prepare for his role as Steve Jobs in the new movie Jobs? by Ashton Kutcher
  34. How do salary levels compare to the cost of living in Shanghai? by Ashton Lee
  35. How should I respond when I see people attacking all religion on the Internet? by Barry Hampe
  36. How would you explain the essence of Bhagavad Gita? by Balaji Viswanathan
  37. Is it justifiable to be pro-globalization but anti-outsourcing? by Ben Golub
  38. What could a police sergeant do to improve your perceptions of them and law enforcement? by Ben Mordecai
  39. What turns people off about Quora? by Bradley Voytek
  40. How would you explain the Gaussian distribution in layman’s terms? by Breno Sakaguti
  41. Why is Apple’s iPhone Touch ID Important? by Brian Roemmele
  42. What computer science knowledge/concepts do Silicon Valley software engineers (Google, Quora, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) use on a daily basis? by Bulat Bochkariov
  43. How does one become a classy woman? by Caroline Zelonka
  44. What is Charles Faraone’s definitive post or answer in which he explains his ideas on dopamine flow? by Charles Faraone
  45. How do you bring life back to dry, damaged, curly hair? by Chelsea Henry
  46. Why does dark chocolate taste so nasty? by Cherie Nixon
  47. Why does Neo think he can save Morpheus if he also thinks he’s not the One? by Craig Weiland
  48. Why didn’t the creator of Hashtag patent the concept? by Chris Messina
  49. What happens to Neo at the end of The Matrix Revolutions? by Chris Peters
  50. What are some of the weird uses of a screwdriver? by Christopher Reiss
  51. What is it like to serve a life sentence in prison? by Christopher Schuhmacher
  52. What is the greatest scientific discovery of 2013? by Christopher VanLang
  53. How do you build a company? by Chuck Eesley
  54. If your girlfriend’s chatter is boring you to tears, should you tell her? by Claire J. Vannette
  55. If a serial killer hits her head and develops complete amnesia, is she still guilty? by Cliff Gilley
  56. What happens in the brain during and after orgasm? answered by Colin Gerber
  57. Did WALL-E’s creator watch Short Circuit for inspiration for the main character? by Craig Good
  58. What is it like to be deaf from birth? by Cristina Hartmann
  59. How far have you gone to show someone you’re attracted to them? by Cyndi Perlman Fink
  60. In the U.S., does the president’s bedroom change when there is a new president, or is it always the same room? by Dan Holliday
  61. What are the best ways to think of ideas for a startup? by Dan Lewis
  62. Is it possible for an introvert to become a successful lawyer? If so, how? by Dana H. Shultz
  63. Why do we have numbers like 12 and 60 in our system of time units? by Daniel McLaury
  64. Do gun owners actually use their guns or do they just freeze? by Daniel Woodard
  65. What helps you grow strong? by Darren Beattie
  66. What is the proper definition of a startup? by Dave McClure
  67. Is the new Apple iOS 7 look an improvement? by David Cole
  68. Are there any grammatically sound sentences in English, where every word starts with the same letter? by David Greenspan
  69. What are the basics of the art of negotiation? by David S. Rose
  70. Why was Marilyn Monroe so popular in her time? by David Stewart
  71. How can  Corporate Social Responsibility be used to promote brand images? answered by David Urquhart’s answer to
  72. What are some of the most annoying double standards that men suffer? by Deepak Mehta
  73. What is it like to organize a marathon? by Denis Oakley
  74. How do I make peace with, and stop feeling resentment towards, my neglectful mother? by Diane Meriwether
  75. I have recently started smoking black cigarettes and I like it. What should I do to not let this become a habit? I don’t want to be a smoker. by Domhnall O’Huigin
  76. Do doctors visit other doctors when they fall ill? Or do they prescribe their own treatment and medication? by Drew Young Shin
  77. How does Dustin Moskovitz feel about being a billionaire? by Dustin Moskovitz
  78. Do you think it’s possible to dramatically reduce the number of cars on the road with intelligent long-term urban planning? by Eddie Xue
  79. How can I quickly improve my programming skills? by Edmond Lau
  80. How can I gain the confidence to be an effective leader? by Ellen Vrana
  81. What are some recent innovations in public presentation materials? by Emily McManus
  82. What do you want to change in American culture? by Emily Smith
  83. Why shouldn’t I feel ashamed about going to community college? by Emilya Burd
  84. Why are many lesbians attracted to women who look and act like men, and use a strap-on for intercourse, rather than a more feminine individual? by Erica Friedman
  85. What are the top 3 problems we need to tackle to best increase the overall quality of life of all human beings? by Erin Paige Law
  86. What approach should I take to learn to play the electric guitar well in one year? by Ethan Hein
  87. How can I develop my kids’ curiosity? by Eva Glasrud
  88. What are some things that you have to unlearn from college/school? by Faye Wang
  89. Why is there such a high concentration of Asians in San Francisco? by Francis Chen
  90. What happens to the bullet if a gun is fired vertically upward from Earth’s surface? by Frank Heile
  91. What is it like living on Earth after living in space? by Garrett Reisman
  92. How can I come to terms with being ugly? by Garrick Saito
  93. Why does Communism have a negative connotation in the US? by Gary Teal
  94. When do pro-choice adherents believe life begins? by Gayle Laakmann McDowell
  95. Why do some people spend so much time at Quora answering questions? Do they actually have a life or is it Quora their life? by Gil Silberman
  96. What is the craziest thing you have ever said (or done) at an interview and still got the job? by Gil Yehuda
  97. Wouldn’t it be better for Apple to split up in a hard- and a software business? by Glyn Williams
  98. What’s the best way to start writing a great short story? by Graeme Shimmin
  99. How does one cultivate a positive attitude? by Grant Mathews
  100. If a bird had never seen a nest, would it know how to build one? by Hemangi Chaudhari
  101. Why does Islamic prayer time change like it is over the year in the tropics? by Hongwan Liu
  102. How can you manage people smarter than you and more knowledgeable than you? by Ian McAllister
  103. What are the considerations taken into account when building a price structure for technology or engineering services? by Ian McCullough
  104. What are the major errors in Darwin’s Theory of Evolution? by Ian York
  105. How close are we to finding a cure for aging? by Jae Won Joh
  106. Should I learn poker to make money? by James Altucher
  107. If we all end up dying, what’s the purpose of living? by James Earl Adams III
  108. What is the probability that our Universe exists as it does? by James H. Kelly
  109. How can I tell whether a guy in his 40s likes me? by Jan Leadbetter
  110. What do you most attribute for the success or failure of your marriage? by Jane Chin
  111. What is it like to be a travel show host? by Janet Hsieh
  112. What are the best bargaining techniques when buying a car from a dealer?  by Jason Lancaster
  113. What have you learned as a successful entrepreneur? by Jason M. Lemkin
  114. What are the best, most essential baby products for new parents? by Jay Wacker
  115. When hiring a litigation attorney, what are the key questions I should ask?  by Jeannine van der Linden
  116. Why does everything in the universe have a tendency to achieve the lowest energy state? Jesse Berezovsky
  117. What does it feel like to skydive? by Jessica Hui’s answer to
  118. Is it racist that I like white kids better? by Jessica Margolin
  119. How can I become popular on Quora? by Jessica Su
  120. How does the earth develop gold? by Jim Gordon
  121. What advice would Jimmy Wales give to the young generation? by Jimmy Wales
  122. What is Michelle Obama like in person? by Jodi Kantor
  123. Did the Romans really make themselves vomit, so they could eat more food? by John Burgess
  124. What technologies were used in developing web applications in the ’90s? by John Clover
  125. Is PFC Chelsea Manning a hero, or is she a villain? Why? by Jon Davis
  126. Is China the new world leader? by Jon Mixon
  127. What are the most common slang words to describe the word ‘happy’? by Jonathon Green
  128. What are some efficient designs for a tiny home? by Jordan Phoenix
  129. How does the quality of headphones affect music listening pleasure? by Josh Siegle
  130. How do we know that there is no meaning to life? by Joshua Engel
  131. What is it like for someone with Asperger’s—or someone who has difficulty with social cues—to learn them? by Josie Em
  132. What do you think every foreigner should know about your country? by Jowita Ziobro
  133. How does your country of origin view military service? by Judith Meyer
  134. What is it like to be an ethologist? by Julie Desjardins
  135. Why does Julie Prentice upvote every answer on Quora? by Julie Prentice
  136. What are the most charming small towns in Italy? Julien Vaché
  137. If an off-duty cop witnesses a crime, can he apprehend the criminals? Justin Freeman
  138. How is it that cutting a wire can cause a bomb to detonate? Kah Seng Tay
  139. How does it feel to work in service capacity position where one constantly interacts with extremely wealthy? Kai Peter Chang
  140. What would you say to someone considering majoring in biomedical engineering/bioengineering in college? Kaicheng Liang
  141. Why isn’t China richer than the U.S.A? Kaiser Kuo
  142. How do you make a video go viral? by Karen X. Cheng
  143. Should I accept a position at a startup that I’m really interested in even if it’s not my ideal role? by Kat Li
  144. How many trees should be planted for every person in the world to reverse the imbalance caused by our abuse? by Kaushik Parashar
  145. What are some of the challenges and/or benefits of being a woman in your country? by Kavya Shree M S
  146. What exactly is Intelligence according to you? by Keinosuke Johan Miyanaga
  147. How would you make The Dark Knight Rises if Heath Ledger was alive to play the Joker? by Ken Miyamoto
  148. Is there any evidence that gun ownership reduces crime? by Kent Fung
  149. Has serving a prison sentence in any way changed your outlook on life? by Kenyatta Leal
  150. What is some general advice for a new PhD student? by Kevin Lin
  151. What are lead’s effects on the brain? by Krutikaa Jawanjal
  152. Is India a good travel destination? by Kyle Pennell
  153. Are some nurses better doctors than some doctors? by Laszlo B. Tamas
  154. Why do so many writers use words that might be difficult for some readers? by Laura Copeland
  155. Where did the Sun get its energy to burn itself? by Leo C. Stein
  156. Which are some of the most counterintuitive mathematical results? by Leo Polovets
  157. What is the best way to impress a girl? by Leonard Kim
  158. Should doctors and other healthcare providers be allowed to deny treatment to a patient for different political or religious views? by Lou Davis
  159. What are the 10 most important things to know about wine? by Madeline Puckette
  160. What’s the #1 reason why tech startups fail? by Mahesh Murthy
  161. What are the reasons behind the phenomenal rise of BJP in 1990s? by Makarand Sahasrabuddhe
  162. What are some of the Japanese hygiene habits which the rest of the world should know? by Makiko Itoh
  163. What things in life do you find to be ridiculous? by Manas J Saloi
  164. Do we have the technology at present to build “Jagers”? by Mani Cavalieri
  165. With Snapchat turning down $3B, should Facebook put a knockout punch offer on the table — say, $5B? by Marc Bodnick
  166. How would man have spoken with himself inside his head before the advent of any language? by Marc Ettlinger
  167. What are the biggest misconceptions about Russia? by Marco North
  168. What is it like to be black in America? by Marcus Ford
  169. What are the difficulties of adapting Shakespeare to film? by Marcus Geduld
  170. What are the biggest frustrations about law, lawyers, justice, and the legal system? by Marie Stein
  171. Do grad school students remember everything they were taught in college all the time? by Mark Eichenlaub
  172. What do you think every foreigner should know about your country? by Mark Harrison
  173. In movies, why don’t the cool guys look back at explosions? by Mark Hughes
  174. Why do many Americans blame the House for the shutdown but never the Senate or the President? by Mark Rogowsky
  175. How do you publish a research paper? by Matan Shelomi
  176. Matthew Manning’s answer to Social Advice: How can I become more notable in social interactions? by Matthew Manning
  177. Is it possible that one specialized scientist (preferably polymath), who has time-travelled more than 200 years to the past, could construct a working computer from the ground up in less than 20 years? by Matt Harbowy
  178. How does a performance change when going from a small venue to a much larger venue? by Michael Bublé
  179. Can a foreign-born person ever really be regarded as a true citizen of a racially homogenous country by that country’s citizens? by Michael Doroshenko
  180. What are the things we don’t know about hotel rooms? by Michael Forrest Jones
  181. What is an intuitive explanation of Bayes’ Rule? by Michael Hochster
  182. What is it like to be exposed to new technology after a 20+ year prison sentence? by Michael Santos
  183. What were the most ridiculous startup ideas that eventually became successful? by Michael Wolfe
  184. What is it that nobody tells you about having children? by Michelle Roses
  185. My 18 month old son has a slight preference for his mother. How can I win his favor? by Michelle Sandberg
  186. What possible benefits might there be to global warming? by Mike Barnard
  187. What are some bad but popular reasons for people to go to law school? by Monika Kothari
  188. What does it feel like to be in a coma? by Murat Morrison
  189. What are the distinguishing characteristics of great doctors? by Nan Waldman
  190. Why do some people hate the United Nations? by Nate Anderson
  191. What is some good general advice for college students? by Nathan Ketsdever
  192. Why is it that people try to use extremely well-structured English while answering on Quora? by Navin Kabra
  193. What does it feel like to go from physically unattractive to physically attractive? by Neha Jha
  194. Why should someone blog? by Nikhil Garg
  195. Why do people who love reading love it so much? by Ojas Patil
  196. How does a new business get their first clients? by Oliver Emberton
  197. How did Rafael Nadal beat Novak Djokovic in the 2013 US Open Final? by Pat Cash
  198. What was it like to meet Nelson Mandela in person? by Paul Denlinger
  199. How long does it take to recognize a face? by Paul King
  200. What are the pros and cons of being a fighter pilot? by Paul Mulwitz
  201. How could instant messaging services be reinvented? by Phil Wolff
  202. What question would you ask your employees in a survey to better identify problems? by Phoebe Gavin
  203. If China, Pakistan and Sri Lanka attack India at the same time, how long will it take to defeat India? by Pratyush Rathore
  204. If people could choose between flying an airplane that was completely automated or one that was flown by humans, which would they fly? by Rakesh Agrawal
  205. Is it true that bananas are radioactive, and if you eat too many it can kill you? by Ramzi Amri
  206. Which event in India’s history would you like to be made into a movie? by Ratnakar Sadasyula
  207. Why is Quora such a unique and interesting place for designers to work? by Rebekah Cox
  208. Whats the craziest thing you have done before an exam? by Ridwa Mousa
  209. How would you best solve malaria in Africa with $10,000? by Rich Pollack
  210. How realistic are the physics in the movie “Gravity”? by Robert Frost
  211. Why is C++ so irreplaceable? by Robert Love
  212. How useful will Google Glass be? by Robert Scoble
  213. Which animal would win in a battle between a Wolverine and a Honey Badger? by Rory Young
  214. What are some policies that would improve millions of lives, but people still oppose? by Ryan Carlyle
  215. How come that rich Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, investors and VCs never appear to be the victims of crime? by Ryan Lackey
  216. What are common activities people do wrong every day but don’t know it? by Ryan MacCarthy
  217. What are the most important things 14 year old can learn if they want to become an entrepreneur? by Ryan Wardell
  218. What is the best way to break my habit of using two spaces after a period when typing? by Sandra Liu Huang
  219. How can you tell whether someone is smarter than you? by Sanjay Sabnani
  220. Is the UAE one of the worst places in the world for women? by Saniya Bhutta
  221. Semil Shah’s answer toHow did Y Combinator become what it is today?
  222. Are there negative or long term side effects to teeth whitening? If so, what’s the safest way to get your teeth whitened? by Scott Frey
  223. What are good ways to say no to a feature request? by Sean Rose
  224. What is so great about Ron Weasley? by Shai Landesman
  225. What are some ways to inspire girls to embrace technology? by Sheryl Sandberg
  226. Why do some people view The Holocaust in WW2 as unique from other genocides and Armenian Holocaust? by Siddharth Bhattacharya
  227. What is a day in the life of a porn star like? by Siri
  228. Why is advice largely useless? by Soleio
  229. What are some things nearly everyone believes that actually aren’t true? by Sreeram N Ramasubramanian
  230. How would you explain why 0+1-2+3-4… equalled ¼ to a ninth grader? by Sridhar Ramesh
  231. How has your age affected what is important to you? by Stan Hayward
  232. What are the qualities of a wonderful aunt? by Stephanie Vardavas
  233. Can questions that are impossible to answer completely nevertheless be answered adequately? by Steve Denton
  234. What is most important programming language that is worth learning? by Steven Grimm
  235. Has anyone benefited tangibly from answering on Quora? If so, who, and what were the benefits? by Stewart Alsop
  236. What is it like to get in line early for a new Apple product? by Stormy Shippy
  237. How does a computer chip work? by Subhasis Das
  238. What is the most unfair advantage a person can have? by Surabhi Sinha
  239. What are good parenting tips in 2013 for letting kids safely use the Internet? by Tamara Troup
  240. How would one create a world map representing entities and brands in each country? by Tatiana Estévez
  241. What’s something that is common knowledge at your workplace, but would be mind-blowing to the rest of us? by Thea Pilarczyk
  242. What’s the difference between baseball and cricket? by Thomas Foster
  243. What is the protocol for a professional good guy (SEAL, Special Forces, SWAT) in a hostage situation when the bad guys tells them to drop their gun? by Tim Dees
  244. What was your most embarrassing airport/airplane experience? by Tim Morgan
  245. What are the most convincing bits of evidence which prove, beyond a shadow of doubt, that the Holocaust occurred? by Tim O’Neill
  246. Why are iPhone users so loyal to the brand? by Timothy McSwain
  247. What is significance of space exploration? What type of insight can we gain studying the stars that are billions of light years away? by Todd Gardiner
  248. Could airships be useful for disaster relief? by Tom Farrier
  249. Do women objectify men? by Tom Morris
  250. Do you feel empowered or cowardly when you carry a gun? by Tommy Winfrey
  251. What do you do to improve your Professional Growth? by Tony Stubblebine
  252. Are you a bad developer if you don’t take on side projects? by Tracy Chou
  253. What is it like to be the defense attorney of someone you strongly believe to have committed the crime? by Tre Critelli
  254. What facts about the United States do foreigners not believe until they come to America? by Triya Bhattacharya
  255. What is cuteness? How can we define “cute?” What are the factors affecting the cuteness of a person? by Varsha Iyer
  256. Why are the Subcontinental people so uncomfortable with their core identity, yet pretend to be proud of themselves? by Venkatesh Rao
  257. What is it like to live in a chawl? by Vinati Singh
  258. Why doesn’t Google fix their maps, so they are more accurate? by Viola Yee
  259. What are the most desirable qualities women look for in an Indian man? by Virali Modi
  260. What is social media? by Visakan Veerasamy
  261. What is the best position to use a laptop? by Will Wister
  262. Is it foolish to go to Startup Weekend-like events and widely pitch my “next Facebook” idea in search of co-founders? by William Pietri
  263. What should I absolutely not do when visiting your country? by Xu Beixi
  264. Why can’t the poor be handed out lots of money to make them rich?  by Yishan Wong
  265. Mathematics: What is it like to understand advanced mathematics? by Anonymous
  266. What is the biggest misconception people have about life? by Anonymous
  267. What is success? by Anonymous
  268. What’s it like to not identify as male or female? by Anonymous
  269. What’s it like to be a heavy user of marijuana on a regular basis? by Anonymous
  270. What does it feel like to be attractive and desired by many? by Anonymous
  271. Do Muslim women feel oppressed? by Anonymous

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Published on November 14, 2018

Why You Suffer from Constant Fatigue and How to Deal with It

Why You Suffer from Constant Fatigue and How to Deal with It

With our busy, always on lives, it seems that more and more of us are facing constant tiredness and fatigue on a regular basis.

For many people, they just take this in their stride as part of modern life, but for others the impact can be crippling and can have a serious effect on their sense of wellbeing, health and productivity.

In this article, I’ll share some of the most common causes of constant tiredness and fatigue and give you some guidance and action steps you can take to overcome some of the symptoms of fatigue.

Why Am I Feeling Fatigued?

Fatigue is extreme tiredness resulting from mental or physical exertion or illness.  It is a reduction in the efficiency of a muscle or organ after prolonged activity.[1]

It can affect anyone, and most adults will experience fatigue at some point in their life. 

For many people, fatigue is caused by a combination of lifestyle, social, psychological and general wellbeing issues rather than an underlying medical condition.

Although fatigue is sometimes described as tiredness, it is different to just feeling tired or sleepy. Everyone feels tired at some point, but this is usually resolved with a nap or a few nights of good sleep. Someone who is sleepy may also feel temporarily refreshed after exercising. If you are getting enough sleep, good nutrition and exercising regularly but still find it hard to perform, concentrate or be motivated at your normal levels, you may be experiencing a level of fatigue that needs further investigation. 

Symptoms of Fatigue

Fatigue can cause a vast range of physical, mental and emotional symptoms including:

  • chronic tiredness, exhaustion or sleepiness
  • mental blocks
  • lack of motivation
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • muscle weakness
  • slowed reflexes and responses
  • impaired decision-making and judgement
  • moodiness, such as irritability
  • impaired hand-to-eye coordination
  • reduced immune system function
  • blurry vision
  • short-term memory problems
  • poor concentration
  • reduced ability to pay attention to the situation at hand

Causes of Fatigue

The wide range of causes that can trigger fatigue include:

  • Medical causes: Constant exhaustion, tiredness and fatigue may be a sign of an underlying illness, such as a thyroid disorder, heart disease, anemia or diabetes.
  • Lifestyle-related causes: Being overweight and a lack of regular exercise can lead to feelings of fatigue.  Lack of sleep and overcommitting can also create feelings of excessive tiredness and fatigue.
  • Workplace-related causes: Workplace and financial stress in a variety of forms can lead to feelings of fatigue.
  • Emotional concerns and stress: Fatigue is a common symptom of mental health problems, such as depression and grief, and may be accompanied by other signs and symptoms, including irritability and lack of motivation.

Fatigue can also be caused by a number of factors working in combination.

Medical Causes of Fatigue

If you have made lifestyle changes to increase your energy and still feel exhausted and fatigued, it may be time to seek guidance from your doctor.

Here are a few examples of illnesses that can cause ongoing fatigue. Seek medical advice if you suspect you have a health problem:

Anemia

Anemia is a condition in which you don’t have enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to the body’s tissues. It is a common cause of fatigue in women.

Having anemia may make you feel tired and weak.

There are many forms of anemia, each with its own cause. Anemia can be temporary or long term, and it can range from mild to severe.[2]

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a condition that can cause persistent, unexplained fatigue that interferes with daily activities for more than six months.

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This is a chronic condition with no one-size-fits-all treatment, but lifestyle changes can often help ease some symptoms of fatigue.[3]

Diabetes

Diabetes can cause fatigue with either high or low blood sugars. When your sugars are high, they remain in the bloodstream instead of being used for energy, which makes you feel fatigued. Low blood sugar (glucose) means you may not have enough fuel for energy, also causing fatigue.[4]

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder where sufferers briefly stop breathing for short periods during sleep. Most people are not aware this is happening, but it can cause loud snoring, and daytime fatigue.

Being overweight, smoking, and drinking alcohol can all worsen the symptoms of sleep apnea.[5]

Thyroid disease

An underactive thyroid gland means you have too little thyroid hormone (thyroxine) in your body. This makes you feel tired and you could also put on weight and have aching muscles and dry skin.[6]

Common lifestyle factors that can cause fatigue include:

  • Lack of sleep
  • Too much sleep 
  • Alcohol and drugs 
  • Sleep disturbances 
  • Lack of regular exercise and sedentary behaviour 
  • Poor diet 

Common workplace issues that can cause fatigue include:

  • Shift work: Our body is designed to sleep during the night. A shift worker may confuse their circadian clock by working when their body is programmed to be asleep.
  • Poor workplace practices: This may include long work hours, hard physical labour, irregular working hours (such as rotating shifts), a stressful work environment, boredom or working alone. 
  • Workplace stress – This can be caused by a wide range of factors including job dissatisfaction, heavy workload, conflicts with bosses or colleagues, bullying, or threats to job security.
  • Burnout: This could be striving too hard on one area of your life while neglecting others, which leads to a life that feels out of balance.

Psychological Causes of Fatigue

Psychological factors are present in many cases of extreme tiredness and fatigue.  These may include:

  • Depression: Depression is characterised by severe and prolonged feelings of sadness, dejection and hopelessness. People who are depressed commonly experience chronic fatigue.
  • Anxiety and stress: Someone who is constantly anxious or stressed keeps their body in overdrive. The constant flooding of adrenaline exhausts the body, and fatigue sets in.
  • Grief: Losing a loved one causes a wide range of emotions including shock, guilt, depression, despair and loneliness.

How to Tackle Constant Fatigue

Here are 12 ways you can start tackling the causes of fatigue and start feeling more energetic.

1. Tell The Truth

Some people can numb themselves to the fact that they are overtired or fatigued all the time. In the long run, this won’t help you.

To give you the best chance to overcome or eliminate fatigue, you must diagnose and tell the truth about the things that are draining your energy, making you tired or causing constant fatigue.

Once you’re honest with yourself about the activities you’re doing in your life that you find irritating, energy-draining, and make you tired on a regular basis you can make a commitment to stop doing them.

The help that you need to overcome fatigue is available to you, but not until you tell the truth about it. The first person you have to sell on getting rid of the causes of fatigue is yourself.

One starting point is to diagnose the symptoms. When you start feeling stressed, overtired or just not operating at your normal energy levels make a note of:

  • How you feel
  • What time of day it is
  • What may have contributed to your fatigue
  • How your mind and body reacts

This analysis may help you identify, understand and then eliminate very specific causes.

2. Reduce Your Commitments

When we have too many things on our plate personally and professionally, we can feel overstretched, causing physical and mental fatigue.

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If you have committed to things you really don’t want to do, this causes irritability and low emotional engagement. Stack these up throughout your day and week, then your stress levels will rise.

When these commitments have deadlines associated with them, you may be trying to cram in far too much in a short period of time.  This creates more stress and can affect your decision making ability.

Start being realistic about how much you can get done. Either reduce the commitments you have or give yourself more time to complete them in.

3. Get Clear On Your Priorities

If working on your list of to-do’s or goals becomes too overwhelming, start reducing and prioritizing the things that matter most.

Start with prioritizing just 3 things every day. When you complete those 3 things, you’ll get a rush of energy and your confidence will grow.

If you’re trying to juggle too many things and are multi-tasking, your energy levels will drop and you’ll struggle to maintain focus.

Unfinished projects can make you self-critical and feel guilty which drops energy levels further, creating inaction.

Make a list of your 3 MIT (Most Important Tasks) for the next day before you go to bed. This will stop you overcommitting and get you excited about what the next day can bring.

4. Express More Gratitude

Gratitude and confidence are heavily linked. Just being thankful for what you have and what you’ve achieved increases confidence and makes you feel more optimistic.

It can help you improve your sense of wellbeing, which can bring on feelings of joy and enthusiasm.

Try starting a gratitude journal or just note down 3 things you’re grateful for every day.

5. Focus On Yourself

Exhaustion and fatigue can arrive by focusing solely on other people’s needs all the time, rather than worrying about and focusing on what you need (and want).

There are work commitments, family commitments, social commitments. You may start with the best intentions, to put in your best performance at work, to be an amazing parent and friend, to simply help others.

But sometimes, we extend ourselves too much and go beyond our personal limits to help others. That’s when constant exhaustion can creep up on us.  Which can make us more fatigued.

We all want to help and do our best for others, but there needs to be some balance. We also need to take some time out just for ourselves to recharge and rejuvenate.

6. Set Aside Rest and Recovery Time

Whether it’s a couple of hours, a day off, a mini-break or a proper holiday, time off is essential to help us recover, recharge and refocus.

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Recovery time helps fend off mental fatigue and allows us to simply kick back and relax.

The key here, though, is to remove ourselves from the daily challenges that bring on tiredness and fatigue. Here’s how.

Can you free yourself up completely from work and personal obligations to just rest and recover?

7. Take a Power Nap

When you’re feeling tired or fatigued and you have the ability to take a quick 20-minute nap, it could make a big difference to your performance for the rest of the day.

Napping can improve learning, memory and boost your energy levels quickly.

This article on the benefit of napping is a useful place to start if you want to learn more: How a 20-Minute Nap at Work Makes You Awake and Productive the Whole Day

8. Take More Exercise

The simple act of introducing some form of physical activity into your day can make a huge difference. It can boost energy levels, make you feel much better about yourself and can help you avoid fatigue.

Find something that fits into your life, be that walking, going to the gym, running or swimming. 

The key is to ensure the exercise is regular and that you are emotionally engaged and committed to stick with it.

You could also walk more which will help clear your head and shift your focus away from stressful thoughts.

9. Get More Quality Sleep

To avoid tiredness, exhaustion and fatigue, getting enough quality sleep matters. 

Your body needs sleep to recharge.  Getting the right amount of sleep every night can improve your health, reduce stress levels and help us improve our memory and learning skills.

My previous article on The Benefits of Sleep You Need to Know will give you some action steps to start improving your sleep. 

10. Improve Your Diet

Heavy or fatty meals can make you feel sluggish and tired, whilst some foods or eating strategies do just the opposite.

Our always on lives have us reaching for sweets or other sugary snacks to give us a burst of energy to keep going. Unfortunately, that boost fades quickly which can leave you feeling depleted and wanting more.

On the other hand, whole grains and healthy unsaturated fats supply the reserves you can draw on throughout the day.

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To keep energy up and steady, it’s a good idea to limit refined sugar and starches.

Eating small meals and healthy snacks every few hours throughout the day provides a steady supply of nutrients to body and brain. It’s also important not to skip breakfast.

Eating a balanced diet helps keep your blood sugar in a normal range and prevents that sluggish feeling when your blood sugar drops.

11. Manage Your Stress Levels

Stress is one of the leading causes of exhaustion and fatigue, and can seriously affect your health.

When you have increased levels of stress at work and at home, it’s easy to feel exhausted all the time. 

Identifying the causes of stress and then tackling the problems should be a priority. 

My article on How to Help Anxiety When Life is Stressing You Out shares 16 strategies you can use to overcome stress.

12. Get Hydrated

Sometimes we can be so busy that we forget to keep ourselves fully hydrated.

Water makes up about 60 percent of your body weight and is essential in maintaining our body’s basic functions.

If we don’t have enough water, it can adversely affect our mental and physical performance, which leads to tiredness and fatigue.

The recommended daily amount is around two litres a day, so to stay well hydrated keep a water bottle with you as much as possible.

The Bottom Line

These 12 tips can help you reduce your tiredness and feeling of fatigue.  Some will work better than others as we are all different, whilst others can be incorporated together in your daily life.

If you’ve tried to make positive changes to reduce fatigue and you still feel tired and exhausted, it may be time to consider making an appointment with your doctor to discuss your condition.

Featured photo credit: Annie Spratt via unsplash.com

Reference

[1]Oxford English Dictionary: Definition of fatigue
[2]NHS Choices: 10 Reasons for feeling tired
[3]Verywellhealth: What is chronic fatigue syndrome
[4]Everyday Health: Why does type 2 diabetes make you feel tired
[5]Mayo Clinic: Sleep apnea
[6]Harvard Health: The lowdown on thyroid slowdown

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