It’s easy to brush off fatigue, saying it’s due to stress, a newborn baby, or a recent cold. But fatigue that doesn’t go away is a vital sign that you may have a sleep disorder, whether you’re aware of the problem or not. Puja Thakkar, DO at Golden Gate Sleep Centers has extensive experience diagnosing the exact cause of your fatigue, then developing a treatment plan to restore your sleep and your energy. To schedule an appointment, call one of the offices in Danville or Fremont, California or book an appointment online.
Everyone has days when they’re tired, maybe because they were up with a sick child or their brain wouldn’t shut down due to stress. This is a type of temporary fatigue that goes away when the problem is solved, and you finally get a good night of sleep.
Then there’s ongoing fatigue that does not resolve with proper rest, causing long-term weariness that limits your energy and leaves you feeling unmotivated.
Persistent fatigue causes symptoms such as:
Daytime fatigue is a primary symptom of sleep disorders. You’d expect a sleep disorder to make you feel tired, but you may not anticipate the utter fatigue that occurs when your sleep cycle is disturbed.
In adults, sleep cycles through several stages: rapid eye movement (REM) and four stages of non-rapid eye movement (NREM).
The only way to get a restorative sleep is to sleep through all the stages without interruption. When a sleep disorder wakes you and disrupts your regular sleep cycle, you can’t store memories, and you become fatigued and moody.
Sleep disorders such as narcolepsy and restless legs syndrome cause symptoms that make you aware of a problem. If you have obstructive sleep apnea, however, there’s a good chance you won’t know your sleep is disrupted.
When you have sleep apnea, you temporarily stop breathing while you sleep, sometimes up to 100 times an hour in severe cases. The resulting drop in oxygen shocks your brain, which wakes you up but not to full consciousness.
You wake up slightly — just enough to take a breath, but not enough to know you did it. Many patients go for years without connecting their daytime fatigue to a sleep disorder.
In addition to affecting your energy, fatigue takes a significant toll on productivity, limiting your ability to fulfill daily responsibilities. Even worse, fatigue due to a sleep disorder is often responsible for traffic and workplace accidents.
Chronic fatigue affects your overall health and increases your risk of mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.
If you suffer from fatigue, it’s time to get a thorough assessment for a sleep disorder — call Golden Gate Sleep Centers or book an appointment online.