I've witnessed many a conversation that feels like a contest over who's the most tired. Based on the sleep-deprived lives people lead and the way they boast about them, being exhausted can start to seem like the norm. This can make you miss the signs your fatigue is not normal — and there are many. "Fatigue is a normal and healthy response in anybody who has an active life," Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D. tells Bustle. "It simply is your body telling you that it is time to rest. Just like hunger is your body’s way of saying that it is time to eat. The problem is when it doesn’t go away despite a good night's sleep, or even a week’s vacation, or when you don’t have enough energy to do a reasonable day’s activities."
Fatigue can have a debilitating impact on your life, even if you get so used to it you don't even notice it. So, it's vital to address its causes, even if it doesn't indicate any underlying health problem. And sometimes it does — which makes it even more crucial to pay attention to.
If you notice any of these signs, you should talk to your doctor about your fatigue to figure out if it's more than fatigue after all.