There’s “I’ve been at work all day, my back is killing me and all I want is a nap” tired. There’s “I woke up at 4 am, it’s now 12 am and I haven’t stopped moving yet” exhaustion. And then, there’s fatigue, the feeling that begs for lethargy, demands you curl up into an inert ball immediately and screams for you to stop moving. The most obvious cure for it is sleep. If you shut your eyes for just ten minutes, ten luxuriously still minutes, you’ll be okay . . .
That’s the theory, anyway. That’s what you like to think every time you wrap a blanket around your shoulders and shut out the world. But it’s not necessarily true. Fighting fatigue with catnaps may not be your best plan of action. You may want to go for a walk instead, because a study of 36 adults, who did not regularly exercise but did regularly experience fatigue, found that exercise, both moderate- and low-intensity, increased energy levels. However, surprisingly, the low-intensity workout – one akin to a leisurely stroll – reduced feelings of fatigue better than the moderate-intensity workout.
So if you’re truly feeling fatigued, you may want to consider removing the blanket, opening your eyes and getting some exercise. It doesn’t have to be much. Don’t overtax yourself. A little bit will go a long way. You’ll feel revived, prepared to continue on with the day and in no need of that pillow currently calling you from the couch.