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Hey guys, I've been at uni since october and am starting to feel constantly exhausted. I've got a hefty workload and go out only about 3 times a week in the nights, but whenever I get back from lectures I'm always too tired to do any work.
I also find it really difficult to get up in the mornings even if I go to bed really early and quite often miss my 9 o'clocks. It's starting to get on top of both my social life and work. I don't even have any energy to do extra-curricular stuff. I was fine throughout sixth form and have always found it pretty easy to get up in the mornings and stay up really late for a few days running - is this what a medical degree can do to you?! Just wondered if anyone else has suffered from this 'fatigue syndrome' and could offer any advice?
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Hey guys, I've been at uni since october and am starting to feel constantly exhausted. I've got a hefty workload and go out only about 3 times a week in the nights, but whenever I get back from lectures I'm always too tired to do any work.
I also find it really difficult to get up in the mornings even if I go to bed really early and quite often miss my 9 o'clocks. It's starting to get on top of both my social life and work. I don't even have any energy to do extra-curricular stuff. I was fine throughout sixth form and have always found it pretty easy to get up in the mornings and stay up really late for a few days running - is this what a medical degree can do to you?! Just wondered if anyone else has suffered from this 'fatigue syndrome' and could offer any advice?

I got it with NatSci about four weeks in - my tutor just basically told me to relax and not freak out about my work so much. It doesn't always have to be perfect. I don't know... I think that's the best I can do really. I hope it gets better for you!
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any emotional distress? signs of depression? feeling thirsty all the time? find it hard to concentrate? eating ok?
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Hey guys, I've been at uni since october and am starting to feel constantly exhausted. I've got a hefty workload and go out only about 3 times a week in the nights, but whenever I get back from lectures I'm always too tired to do any work.
I also find it really difficult to get up in the mornings even if I go to bed really early and quite often miss my 9 o'clocks. It's starting to get on top of both my social life and work. I don't even have any energy to do extra-curricular stuff. I was fine throughout sixth form and have always found it pretty easy to get up in the mornings and stay up really late for a few days running - is this what a medical degree can do to you?! Just wondered if anyone else has suffered from this 'fatigue syndrome' and could offer any advice?
Right, let me u into a piece of my secret. Take ur vitamin pills. I take 3 per day. It help a lot let me tell u. Also cod liver oil capsules. It really does help, somemthuing to do with Magnesium etc.
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How about instead of three nights out a week, you try one? Do more exercise and sleep more. They don't let me fly without 8 hours uninterrupted sleep, and you obviously need to be well rested and relaxed for something like that, and I find exercising and trying not to fit 2 weeks worth of socialising into 1 week does the trick. Don't think when you're back from lectures that you need to relax straight away; barrel straight into some work and that means you don't need to try and do anything after dinner, for example.
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Make sure you're eating right.
Don't be too anxious as Christmas is coming up
You are doing a very demanding course, and im sure many people feel the same (i know of one that does).
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Make sure you're eating right.
Don't be too anxious as Christmas is coming up
You are doing a very demanding course, and im sure many people feel the same (i know of one that does).
Having a gf helps, ie telling her ur problems etc. And showing ur love.
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Right, let me u into a piece of my secret. Take ur vitamin pills. I take 3 per day. It help a lot let me tell u. Also cod liver oil capsules. It really does help, somemthuing to do with Magnesium etc.
I completely agree- I'm on my gap year at the moment and I'm working for Holland & Barrett, the vitamin company! When I finished my A levels I was exhausted. I then started working at H&B and my manager said to try some high strength B vitamins- I could definitely see the difference if I forgot to take one!
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Yup... happens to some of us sometimes.

A balanced diet & regular meals are essential - that way you shouldn't need vitamin supplements. In terms of work it really depends how much you want to do and how well you want to do it which determins how much time it eats up. Do what keeps you satified - but from my experience I haven't found it a good idea to sacrifice too much entertainemt/going out for work. Often the two can be done at different times (e.g. work during the day, go out at night) and the main barrier to doing both is lack of energy. Regular sleep patterns and a good balance of sport/exercise should help with having more energy.

Most important thing though - try not to get stressed. It'll only make things worse.
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(Original post by hysteria85)
Hey guys, I've been at uni since october and am starting to feel constantly exhausted. I've got a hefty workload and go out only about 3 times a week in the nights, but whenever I get back from lectures I'm always too tired to do any work.
I also find it really difficult to get up in the mornings even if I go to bed really early and quite often miss my 9 o'clocks. It's starting to get on top of both my social life and work. I don't even have any energy to do extra-curricular stuff. I was fine throughout sixth form and have always found it pretty easy to get up in the mornings and stay up really late for a few days running - is this what a medical degree can do to you?! Just wondered if anyone else has suffered from this 'fatigue syndrome' and could offer any advice?
I'd cut down on social nights. They take away a lot of energy and time and you're work will suffer. Try to get into a routine of waking up and going to bed at a specified time. And drink coffee .
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Is it possilbe to become immune to the effect of coffee!?! It really doesn't seem to have any effect on me anymore.
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Is it possilbe to become immune to the effect of coffee!?! It really doesn't seem to have any effect on me anymore.
coffee and tea make me more sleepy...
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(Original post by hysteria85)
Hey guys, I've been at uni since october and am starting to feel constantly exhausted. I've got a hefty workload and go out only about 3 times a week in the nights, but whenever I get back from lectures I'm always too tired to do any work.
I also find it really difficult to get up in the mornings even if I go to bed really early and quite often miss my 9 o'clocks. It's starting to get on top of both my social life and work. I don't even have any energy to do extra-curricular stuff. I was fine throughout sixth form and have always found it pretty easy to get up in the mornings and stay up really late for a few days running - is this what a medical degree can do to you?! Just wondered if anyone else has suffered from this 'fatigue syndrome' and could offer any advice?
dont let the bed bugs bite!!
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I'm not sure it's possible to be immune to caffeine, but you can surely become tolerant. I myself have seldom noticed any effect in taking coffee at any time.
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I'm not sure it's possible to be immune to caffeine, but you can surely become tolerant. I myself have seldom noticed any effect in taking coffee at any time.
I'm trying to limit my intake, so maybe it'll have more effect when I do drink it.
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Hey guys, I've been at uni since october and am starting to feel constantly exhausted. I've got a hefty workload and go out only about 3 times a week in the nights, but whenever I get back from lectures I'm always too tired to do any work.
I also find it really difficult to get up in the mornings even if I go to bed really early and quite often miss my 9 o'clocks. It's starting to get on top of both my social life and work. I don't even have any energy to do extra-curricular stuff. I was fine throughout sixth form and have always found it pretty easy to get up in the mornings and stay up really late for a few days running - is this what a medical degree can do to you?! Just wondered if anyone else has suffered from this 'fatigue syndrome' and could offer any advice?
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As brilliant as MC Hammer dolls are, is it really necessary for your signature to be that big!?!
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