What is fatigue?
Simply put, fatigue is the state of feeling tired. Fatigue can take many different forms, making you feel sleepy, weary or overtired. It can be caused by many different factors, like insufficient sleep, long hours of extended mental and physical activity, sleep disorders or prolonged periods of stress and anxiety.
It can be caused by many factors:
The 3 main categories of fatigue:
When am I at risk?
People are at the highest risk of fatigue whenever the body’s natural circadian rhythm is disrupted.
The hours when the risk of workplace accidents are highest is between midnight and 6 am and 1 and 3 pm. The period between 3 am and 5 am is particularly high risk for fatigue.
What can I do to protect myself?
Get quality sleep
Proper diet & exercise
Take scheduled breaks
Did you know?
The number of hours you are awake has a similar effect to being impaired by alcohol.