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"Older people may be less tired [than people aged 16-24]: study"

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Dolphin, Dec 31, 2013.

  1. Dolphin

    Dolphin Senior Member

    I just came across this piece on a study. The article is perhaps not that exciting overall, but thought I'd highlight a couple of bits I thought were a little interesting.

    I don't think it is discussed enough in the ME/CFS field that fatigue can have various components to it. For example, if one has a low mood, one may be tired but if one's mood lifts, one may not have that sort of fatigue. However, other sorts of fatigue may remain.
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  2. WillowJ

    WillowJ คภภเє ɠรค๓թєl

    WA, USA
    One things that could be contributing to this is that young people are not getting enough sleep. I don't have the studies to hand, but it's shown that teenagers don't fall asleep early at night: the do sleep better late at night (like starting between 11 to 1 or 2 am). Yet they have to get up early for school. So they are chronically sleep deprived.

    Nonetheless, "how... people are able to use their time" is a critical point to experiencing symptoms. If people avoid stuff they know they can't do or that will make their symptoms worse, they'll have fewer symptoms.

    Problems with estimating is important, too.

    And as @Dolphin said, some things have many components or terms like 'fatigue" are used for a variety of different things from various causes, and this makes surveys and discussions using such terms complicated.
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  3. rosie26

    rosie26 Senior Member

    I wonder how much the adjustment into adulthood affects the young person too. New responsibilities, decisions to be made, work, marriage, children.
  4. rwac

    rwac Senior Member

    Or... our entire generation is a little sick.

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