“Sleepy” vs. “Tired” vs. “Fatigued”

In our American culture, many words can be used interchangeably. This is even true of sleep words. Several years ago I had the honor of speaking at the annual Association of Professional Sleep Societies (APSS) meeting on the language of sleep medicine for the trainees. We looked at the different meanings of “sleepy” vs. “tired” vs. “fatigued.”

“Sleepy” means the propensity to actually fall asleep. Whereas “tired” is more about a feeling of reduced strength after exertion. “Fatigue” is a deep weariness or exhaustion.

Why do I bring this up on the blog? When you are thinking about your health, knowing whether you feel sleepy, vs tired or fatigued, will help you decide what kind of care to pursue.

Of course, if you are feeling sleepy, then a sleep specialist is a good place to start with.  Wednesday we’ll talk about medical conditions that can make you more sleepy.

To learn more about how you can sleep well using naturopathic sleep medicine, go to http://www.naturalsleepmedicine.net/

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