What Are Fatigue and Nausea?

Fatigue is a condition that is a combined feeling of being sleepy and weary, or drained of energy. It can range from acute to chronic. For some people, fatigue can be a long-term occurrence that affects their ability to carry out daily activities. 

Nausea occurs when your stomach feels uneasy or queasy. You may not actually vomit, but you may feel as though you could. Like fatigue, nausea can stem from physical or mental causes.

What Causes Fatigue and Nausea?

Nausea and fatigue can be the results of many factors, ranging from physical causes to lifestyle habits. Examples of poor lifestyle habits that can bring on fatigue and nausea include:

  • excessive alcohol use
  • excessive caffeine use
  • poor eating habits
  • taking medications, such as amphetamines, to stay awake
  • too much physical activity

Psychological factors can also contribute to nausea and fatigue. These include:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • excess stress
  • grief

Underlying medical conditions that can lead to nausea and fatigue include:

  • acute liver failure
  • cancer
  • chronic kidney disease
  • food allergies
  • hyperthyroidism
  • hypothyroidism
  • pregnancy
  • severe pain

When to Seek Medical Help

Seek immediate medical help if your fatigue and nausea are accompanied by:

  • difficulty breathing
  • thoughts of harming yourself
  • yellowing of the eyes or skin

Lifestyle changes can frequently help reduce fatigue and nausea. Schedule an appointment with your doctor if you don’t feel rested even after a full night’s sleep.

If you’re a cancer patient, ask your doctor about interventions that could enhance your energy levels.

This information is a summary. Always seek medical attention if you’re concerned you may be experiencing a medical emergency.

How Are Fatigue and Nausea Treated?

Healthy habits, such as getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, and exercising regularly can help you find relief from fatigue and nausea. Avoiding bad habits such as smoking, drinking excess alcohol, or abusing drugs can also help reduce fatigue and nausea.

Your doctor may prescribe medications to treat an underlying condition, such as depression, kidney disease, a thyroid disorder, or liver disease.

Home Care

Staying hydrated by drinking clear liquids can help relieve fatigue and nausea. Maintaining a healthy activity level that doesn’t involve exercising excessively can also help prevent or reduce these symptoms.

How Can I Prevent Fatigue and Nausea?

Fatigue can impact a person’s physical and mental well-being. Take the following steps to prevent the onset of fatigue and nausea:

  • Get enough sleep each week (typically between seven and eight hours).
  • Manage your schedule so that you work does not become too demanding.
  • Refrain from drinking excessively.
  • Refrain from smoking and drug use.
  • Eat small meals and drink plenty of water.
  • Exercise regularly.