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5 Reasons Causing Fatigue in Working Professionals

It was a regular day at the office, and after three/four back-to-back meetings, I came back to my desk with a cup of coffee and resumed my work as usual. I started drafting last month's audit report when suddenly, I heard my colleague calling my name. I ignored it the first time, but with the second call, I opened my eyes!

Yes, I was asleep!

My teammates were glaring at me. What an absolute humiliating awkward moment that was!

I realized that I nearly dozed off despite a full cup of coffee while working on the report.

Did I overeat at lunch?

I was never such a lazy person. How did it happen?

Wait a minute! Was it something else?

I had to find out.

 

What is fatigue?

As I tried to find out what caused me to sleep in the middle of the day, I came across something called workplace fatigue.

Let's understand a bit detail about it.

Fatigue is defined as inexorable exhaustion, which is not relieved even after a sound sleep. It is that constant state of tiredness, which develops gradually over time.

It affects energy, stamina, motivation, performance, and concentration.

 

 

What are the symptoms of fatigue?

As explained above tiredness is the primary sign of fatigue. Apart from them, here is a list of several fatigue signs.

·      Micro-sleep (as in my case)

·      Lack of mental alertness and concentration

·      Reduced productivity

·      Tired, both mentally and physically

·      Feeling demotivated and depressed

·      Lack of enthusiasm and increased irritation

·      Giddiness and headaches

 

Five reasons that cause fatigue in working professionals

Here I will be listing out the causes of fatigue, particularly regarding workplaces or working professionals.

 

Long work hours

Some jobs demand long working hours. The professionals work at odd hours or on emergency calls. The individual’s routine is disturbed, and there are no specific meal or resting timings. Due to long, repetitive, monotonous, dull working conditions and lack of motivation, a person may experience fatigue.

Physical and mental activities for a large part of the day

Similar to long working hours, this is a bit more difficult one. People are expected to engage in physical and mental activities for a large part of the day. The continuous work and pressure results in irritation, lack of enthusiasm, and fatigue.

Working in shifts

The individuals working in shifts, especially night shifts, country-wise shifts as the working profile may demand, are the most prone to fatigue. The routine is not fixed, and these professionals need to keep changing their personal and professional life. This gradually affects their mental health, digestion problems are triggered which result in sleep disorders.

Excessive mental pressure

This is something every working professional experiences. Meeting the targets before deadlines and the continuous mental pressure put on the individual leads to fatigue-like conditions. The person may experience depression, stress, and burnout. The performance is hampered, and health issues start taking over, resulting in a loss of confidence.

Disturbed Sleep cycles

Getting a night of quality sleep is a must for good productivity, but the working conditions may lead to sleep disorders, resulting in fatigue. Working professionals usually compromise with their routine, disrupting their sleep cycle.

 

How does fatigue affect working professionals?

Fatigues in working professionals result in the reduced

·      Productivity and performance

·      Stamina and patience

·      Problem-solving skills, and ability to communicate

·      Mental alertness and attention

·      Physical capacity

Fatigue also results in an increase in

·      Errors in work

·      Sick leaves and absenteeism

·      Inability to work

·      Lack of confidence

 

How to avoid or prevent fatigue at the workplace?

Fatigue is something that can be prevented before it catches you. You can do few things to keep fatigue away from you.

·      Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. Drinking water is the best, but, seems a little boring. So, try energy drinks enriched with electrolytes, vitamins, and fruit extracts. These drinks will keep you hydrated and active for a long time and help prevent fatigue

·      Work on your bad habits like irregular sleep timings, eating junk foods, working for prolonged periods, ignoring health issue signs, or whatever that you may think is affecting you adversely

·      Manage sleep timings. This is the most important thing you can do to prevent fatigue. Get 6 to 8 hours of sound quality sleep per 24 hours. Make it possible by hook or by crook. This 6-8 hour of sleep will make every minute of the rest day productive

·      Engage in regular physical activities like working out or jogging. Keep it consistent and at a fixed time of the day. This will activate your muscles and cells to increase your energy levels.

·      Take some fresh air whenever possible. Nature is the best doctor on all our issues. If not, spend some time with your loved ones, especially kids. You will get recharged to work again.

 

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