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Dr Sam Rodgers talks to Huffington Post UK about the difference between normal tiredness and exhaustion.
Us Brits are a sleep deprived nation with a whopping 70% of us not getting the recommended eight hours of sleep per night.
As a result, exhaustion has become so common that its gained its own acronym: TATT, which stands for “tired all the time”.
According to the NHS, lack of shut-eye is a major cause of TATT, but the condition should not be dismissed as a normal part of 21st century life.
If you’re struggling to sleep, it could be a sign of serious psychological stress.
Alternatively, a person may experience exhaustion when they have no apparent problems sleeping at all. In this case, TATT could be a sign of a physical underlying health condition that needs addressing.
What is the difference between tiredness and exhaustion?
Feeling a little groggy every now and then is a common symptom of tiredness, but those who report feeling tired all the time are experiencing exhaustion.
Dr Sam Rodgers, general practitioner and medical director of online health checker Medichecks, explains the difference.
“Everyone feels tired, at the end of a busy day or a long flight or marathon training. Tiredness will ease after rest and recovery and does not stop you from what you are doing,” he tells HuffPost UK.
“Exhaustion is when you are completely drained, both physically and mentally, to the extent that you cannot carry out your normal activities at work or home.”