Friday, September 26, 2008

What is Fatigue?

Usually when I work out in the morning it gives me energy throughout the rest of the day. This is not the case for today. I did Day 30 book workout, and I'm glad I did it when I did because I am now dead tired! I feel like I have zero energy and just feel blah mentally and physically.

So what is fatigue?

Physical fatigue:

Main article: Muscle weakness

Physical fatigue or muscle weakness (or "lack of strength") is a direct term for the inability to exert force with one's muscles to the degree that would be expected given the individual's general physical fitness. A test of strength is often used during a diagnosis of a muscular disorder before the etiology can be identified. Such etiology depends on the type of muscle weakness, which can be true or perceived as well as central or peripheral. True weakness is substantial, while perceived rather is a sensation of having to put more effort to do the same task. On the other hand, central muscle weakness is an overall exhaustion of the whole body, while peripheral weakness is an exhaustion of individual muscles.

Mental fatigue:

See also: Somnolence

In addition to physical, fatigue also includes mental fatigue, not necessarily including any muscle fatigue. Such a mental fatigue, in turn, can manifest itself both as somnolence (decreased wakefulness) or just as a general decrease of attention, not necessarily including sleepiness. In any case, this can be dangerous when performing tasks that require constant concentration, such as driving a vehicle. For instance, a person who is sufficiently somnolent may experience microsleeps. However, objective cognitive testing should be done to differentiate the neurocognitive deficits of brain disease from those attributable to tiredness


Fatigue is typically the result of working, mental stress, over stimulation and under stimulation, jet lag or active recreation, depression, and also boredom, disease and lack of sleep. It may also have chemical causes, such as poisoning or mineral or vitamin deficiencies. Massive blood loss, resulting in anemia, frequently results in fatigue.
The sense of fatigue is believed to originate in the
reticular activating system of the lower brain. Musculoskeletal structures may have co-evolved with appropriate brain structures so that the complete unit functions together in a constructive and adaptive fashion. The entire systems of muscles, joints, and proprioceptive and kinesthetic functions plus parts of the brain evolve and function together in a unitary way.

(Wikipedia, 2008)

In my case I feel like mine is from over exerting myself, stress, and my "cycle" has a lot to do with it. I just hope that it doesn't last longer than a day because I have to teach an aerobics class tomorrow morning - which required energy that I don't have right now!

1 comment:

Sara said...

you can do it, sarah!!! i'm excited for you and proud of you!!! and maybe it's just today because i crashed about 4pm or so today... i have had ZERO energy since then!!! weird.... hopefully a good nights sleep will help that!!! i'll be thinking of you in the morning!!:)