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31 Unusual And Heartwarming Friendships Between Human And Animals

31 Unusual And Heartwarming Friendships Between Human And Animals

A friendship encompasses trust, care, and harmony. Whether it be humans, animals, mammals, friendships of all kinds do exist. You have heard cows have best friends, and when they are separated from each other, develop negative feelings of loneliness and isolation. In humans, we confide feelings to one another, in hopes burdens can be relieved, as friends give us support.

In the next few lines, you will see some amazing/unusual friendships between humans and animals. They are real, beautiful, and show us no boundaries exist between friends.

1. Gleaming Giraffe And Brunette Beauty

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    The tallest living terrestrial animal seems engulfed in the woman’s presence. A genuine unbreakable bond between an enchanting lady and a majestic giraffe. Isn’t it inspirational? I would say so, yes.

    It is rare that you see a giraffe and a woman become such close friends, making the bond so unusual.

    2. Peaceful Girl And Majestic Moose

    moose 3

      The largest extant species in the deer family, the moose is seen comforting a girl. The only word that comes to mind is surely, “Aww.”

      A moose and a girl comfort each other, building a friendship on comfort, care, and understanding. So lovely to capture in a photograph, as you can see.

      3. Smitten Cheetah And Lovely Man

      cheetah kissing

        Who says cheetahs can’t be our friends? Clearly, this claim is simply a myth. Here, we have the world’s fastest land animal kissing a man.

        What sets this relationship apart is the fact we have a very dangerous animal so close in contact with a fellow man. If that is not unusual, you would be hard pressed to find what is.

        4. Sweet Toddler And Licking Cheetah Cub

        cheetah with girl

          “Licktastrophe” is the word that fits this scenario. Who knew that getting your hand licked by a cheetah could be this fun?

          How often do you see a baby cheetah licking a little toddler, so gently? It seriously is one of the cutest things I have ever seen.

          5. Adventurous Guy And Grizzly Bear

          bear and guy 2

            It appears that bears aren’t that dangerous after all. This grizzly bear actually seems calm while looking into the eyes of the old guy.

            We hear about bears attacking humans, but when do we see them loving them? Right here, friends!

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            6. Childish Bear And Smiling Guy

            bear and guy

              The bear strikes yet again. The bear seems enamored by just looking at his paw. What must be he be thinking? And looking totally calm, sitting with the smiling man.

              Almost like a boyfriend and a girlfriend underneath an apple tree, here the bear has taken the girlfriend’s place, and the guy is very much already there!

              7. Naughty Bear And Sultry Lady

              bear 5

                The bear is giving this lady a big smooch on the chin, a rare sight for sure.

                We have all heard the animated version of beauty and the beast, but this is the real one! The bear is the beast, and of course, the woman being the beauty or goddess. This friendship seems to be more than a friendship, it is love.

                8. Monkey And Confused Man

                ape and guy

                  This guy looks almost confused as to why the monkey is in his arms. But, it is certainly very cute isn’t it? Any sort of a friendship – especially one between different species – is a cute one.

                  We are descendants of the monkeys and it looks like the monkey knows this, as he doesn’t seem to want to get out of the guy’s arms. Forget dogs, monkeys appear to be the real man’s best friend.

                  9. Mysterious Lady And Tiny Fox

                  baby fox

                    This is a special one. The eyes of the lady and the fox penetrate the viewer, positioned in the exact same spot in a sort of hypnotizing way.

                    She seems to be protecting the fox, holding it, cradling it in her arms. Friendship is about protection, being there for each other, through thick and thin. This is it!

                    10. Snuggly Tiger And Comforting Monk

                    another lion and guy

                      This is so sweet. The tiger is actually cuddling with the monk. They seem to be sharing each other’s company quite well. So lovely, it makes you wish that you could give the tiger a gigantic hug of your own. Alas.

                      Comforting the tiger, the monk is offering his friendship. It is a mutual respect and understanding; love, affection, and care are primary aspects that are between the two. This is what makes this friendship special and integral.

                      11. Exceptional Eagle And Perplexed Man

                      eagle and guy

                        Eagles can be friends and companions also. Just be careful of the beak. Don’t want to let that poke you!

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                        The eagle is resting his bald head against the man’s shoulder. It almost resembles a moment like when your friend is distraught, terrified, and depressed and you give them a shoulder to lean on.

                        They offer their love and support in those trying times, and prove that you are there for them. This is that kind of friendship.

                        12. Slithering Serpent And Little Girl

                        snake

                          Just look at the color of that snake. Orange and yellow, with stripes, and circles, that snake is out of the ordinary. This friendship is scary but cool at the same time, and also out the ordinary.

                          We are always scared of slithering serpents but seems like this little girl is friends with one. The snake also seems quite amazed with this little girl, being a tiny one, if I may add.

                          13. Old Woman And Ostentatious Monkey

                          monkey

                            That monkey sure has a wide smile. I think it is trying to express his emotions, thoughts, and feelings to this old woman. The face is quite surprising!

                            How often do you see monkeys become friends with old ladies? Well, seems like this monkey really likes this particular lady and vice versa. This is so distinct and spectacular.

                            It seems like their friendship began in the wilderness and has since then taking a new meaning.

                            14. Ferocious Lion And Daring Teenager

                            Lion and guy 2

                              The lion is surrendering himself to this guy. Wow, when do you see this unless you are watching “The Lion, Witch, and The Wardrobe”?

                              This is no lion from a film, however, this is a real life lion who just happens to be friends with this young teenager. And from the looks of it, their friendship could last a very long time.

                              15. Elegant Woman And Fox Curled Up Together

                              in grass

                                This picture is peaceful to look at. You may almost feel sleepy just staring at it.

                                Time has transformed their friendship into something more abundant, fulfilling, and special. Theirs is a truly loving and gentle relationship.

                                16. Caring Camel And Wonderful Woman

                                camel 2

                                  The time is long gone when humans could be friends with only humans. Camels are great friends as well and after seeing this picture, you can’t help but want a camel friend of your very own.

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                                  Lovely to behold their friendship…it is immaculate and endearing. Such an inspiration to those who believe in long lasting, true, friendships.

                                  17. Terrific Tiger And Brave Guy

                                  lion fight

                                    This tiger sure is a large one. Beautiful and majestic is the tiger, but even far more heartwarming is the friendship between him and the guy here. Wow, they are going to be dirty after this play session in the muddy water.

                                    The guy here is actually a conservationist and has been protecting the tiger since she was three years old. She is learning to now hunt which just goes to show  that taking care of another goes a long way.

                                    18. The Girl And The Birds

                                    cats and birds

                                      Yes, there is a kitten in this picture which doesn’t make it very unusual. The birds in this picture, however, so comfortable with the girl, are the aspect that is the unusual.

                                      19. Crafty Crow And Brilliant Boy

                                      window

                                        Your best friend can definitely be a crow. Keeping it close to your skin in order to keep warm in the cold winter, playing with him when bored, going outside in the wide and open air, or simply playing a guitar while it rests on your leg. A bird is the perfect friend.

                                        It looks like this present, a best friend as a bird, turned out to be the perfect gift for this little fellow. He has a companion to play with, share feelings, and just do everything with. And it is so nice to see such a diverse friendship.

                                        20. Lovable Lion And Cute Man

                                        lion a

                                          Here comes a lion again, just a different perspective. Wow, this friendship is admirable…simply adorable.

                                          Lions seem to get along well with humans apparently, making the list of most unusual friendships with humans.

                                          21. White Bear And Mr. Old Guy

                                          bear

                                            Sleeping with a big, furry, old friend is the best thing, which is clear as day as shown here. I wish I could also take a nap alongside a white bear that is as soft as plush.

                                            Just like lions, bears are another favorite. This is adorable, but admittedly weird.

                                            22. Sea Lion And Murky Man

                                            seal

                                              Just a moment. Is this a sea lion? Well, yes. They sure know how to have fun, whether it be outside or simply spending time in the house.

                                              After going to Sea World, it seems like this man has made a friend with the Sea Lion. And such a cute one at that.

                                              23. Sea Creature And Astonished Man

                                              octopus

                                                Looks like this sea creature is close friends with this guy, giving him something of a with a new funky hairdo. I do not know much, but this sure is an unusual and heartwarming friendship.

                                                Sea creatures are not scary after all. They too can be good friends, just like us humans. So, don’t judge…they are just like us, in some ways.

                                                24. Man And Cuddling Lion

                                                lion

                                                  Like a baby gets picked up by their father or mother, this tiger is being cuddled by his human friend. Such an amazing sight, you wish you could be there to witness it yourself.

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                                                  25. A Boy And His Bird

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                                                    Little hands of the boy, and little feet of the bird. All snuggled in a nice blanket made of plush, these two friends are spending time in an unusual, but completely heartwarming way.

                                                    26. Mammot And Boy

                                                    mamm

                                                      This mammot and boy are both so adorable I can cry out! Just look at the eyes! Having traveled across with his family, this boy came across the mammot and has since been friends with it. Wow, such an amazing story!

                                                      27. The Cow And The Girl

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                                                        Cows and girls can also have friendships, especially when a girl cares this much for an animal. I can’t believe how sweet this is! To be friends with someone, there really are no boundaries, rules, or regulations.

                                                        All there needs to be is love, respect, care, and mutual understanding between one another. And that goes for every kind of relationship –  whether it be husband and wife, sister and brother or between two friends.

                                                        28. Hungry Hippo And Hospitable Human

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                                                          The hippo looks mighty fine with this man. He seems completely amazed with his new friend, and it looks like they are having a splendid time. I guess they are tailor-made for each other.

                                                          Although hippos don’t come to mind when you think of human-animal friendships, seeing this makes you want to be friends with this hippo too.

                                                          29. The Whale And The Little Girl

                                                          beluga whale and girl

                                                            Whales are often just as nice and gentle as humans. That is why a human can be friends with this whale, as the little girl proves here.

                                                            30. Friendly Goat And Playful Woman

                                                            goat and girl

                                                              Goats may be annoying sometimes, but they can also be very good friends. Of course, this lady can trust this goat, as he in particular seems quite nice.

                                                              This is another odd pairing, but nevertheless amazing!

                                                              31. Eerie Elephant And Brave Child

                                                              ELEPHANT AND CHILD

                                                                Elephants are quite cool and majestic in their own way. And this boy sure is having an amazing time, hitching a ride on this one.

                                                                Looks like I may need to start making some new animal friends, just like him. If only for a new mode of transportation!

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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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