Lethargy can be described as feeling sleepy or fatigued and sluggish. This sluggishness may be in physical movements or in thinking; it may also be due to physical or mental conditions.
What are the symptoms of Lethargy?
Lethargy symptoms include:
- Changes in mood
- Decreased alertness / ability to think
- Low energy
Lethargy may make you feel as if you are in a daze, and make you move more slowly than usual.
What causes Lethargy?
Acute illnesses may cause Lethargy, such as a bad case of the flu or a stomach virus.
Other causes may be:
- Hydrocephalus (also known as brain swelling)
- Kidney failure
- Poor nutrition
- Sleep apnea
- Traumatic brain injury
Some mental health-related conditions can also cause Lethargy. These include:
- Postpartum depression
- PMS or premenstrual syndrome
- Certain medications such as narcotics
How is Lethargy treated?
The treatment of Lethargy can be antibiotics or antidepressants.
Other ways include practicing healthy habits at home such as:
- Drinking plenty of fluids
- Eating a healthy diet
- Getting plenty of sleep
- Reducing stress levels
If your symptoms continue for an extended period of time you should consider seeing a doctor of internal medicine.