Not feeling rested after a good night's sleep could be a sign of chronic fatigue syndrome

If you have been waking up from sleep feeling tired, it could be your body trying to tell you something very important.

unrefreshing sleep chronic fatigue syndrome
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unrefreshing sleep chronic fatigue syndrome

No one likes to wake up feeling tired in the morning. While it could simply be the result of bad sleeping position, being tired and experiencing fatigue could also be an indication of something more serious. This is especially true if it happens in conjunctions with other physical symptoms.

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As reported by Very Well Health, unrefreshing sleep, also called non-restorative sleep could be a key indicator that you might be suffering from Chronic fatigue syndrome or CFS, also called Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME).

Causes of chronic fatigue syndrome

As per Mayo Clinic, chronic fatigue syndrome is a condition where you experience extreme fatigue that lasts for at least six months.

This condition is particularly challenging because there are no clear reasons why it happens, and there is no fixed set of tests in order to determine whether you have it or not.

There are no clear reasons for why someone suffers from chronic fatigue MART PRODUCTION by

Instead, a combination of factors are thought responsible for CFS.

The symptoms can surface differently in different people, and the severity could fluctuate as well. As per Mayo Clinic, symptoms include:

  • Extreme exhaustion after physical or mental exercise.
  • Problems with memory or thinking skills.
  • Dizziness that worsens with moving from lying down or sitting to standing.
  • Muscle or joint pain.
  • Unrefreshing sleep.

Causes and treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome

The treatment of CFS has really not progressed much. Hence, much of it is still concerned with managing the symptoms of the condition.

CFS is sometimes caused by genetics, while in other cases emotional stress or trauma can trigger this condition in people. In some cases, bacterial or viral infection could be the cause of CFS/ME. You should definitely see a medical professional if you are unable to address how fatigued you feel.

As per Very Well Health, approaches such as relaxation techniques (which has some scientific backing) are often suggested by healthcare providers. Along with this improving sleeping habits might alleviate some of the symptoms.

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Sources used:

Mayo Clinic: ' Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS)'

Very Well Health: 'Unrefreshing Sleep in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome'

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