Is it just me, or do other people with autism feel tired all the time as well?
I try my best to be a vibrant and energetic person, but I often find that I am easily overcome with tiredness and mental fatigue. I have to work extra hard to concentrate on work related tasks, as a result this quickly leads to mental burn out.
At these times I cannot think clearly at all. The harder I try, the more fatigued my brain feels. The only thing I can do is to have a nap and get the tiredness out of my system before I can do the next task.
I feel very guilty if I have to sleep during the day when I know I should be working, but at least after a nap, I can continue to do some good work with the quick boost of energy I get.
I have noticed that other autistic people complain about feeling tired all the time, so I know that I am not alone.
I think it’s partly to do with the fact that many autistic people have trouble sleeping at night. I have always had this problem. It means that when I wake up in the morning after just a couple of hours sleep, I am still really tired, and I feel that way for most of the day unless I have a nap at some point.
I also think that because my brain has to work so hard to make sense of things around me, my mind runs out of steam very quickly, and even simple tasks become difficult to think about clearly.
The other factor in all of this, is mental fatigue caused by the high levels of stress and anxiety faced by many people with autism. This can also cause ones mind to feel extremely tired.
Being around other people in social settings also causes some people on the autistic spectrum to feel mentally fatigued. I usually find a quiet place away from everybody whenever I can.
If like me, you are on medication for anxiety, this can also cause tiredness.
I don’t have any solutions for this problem. My doctor tells me not to sleep during the day, and to get more exercise. This should work, but it doesn’t seem to, in my case.
I’m lucky, in that for much of the week I work from home. So I usually do as much work as I can until my brain won’t function. I then have a nap for an hour, then I can carry on with what I’m doing afterwards.
It’s the only way I can get through the day.
What are your thoughts on the matter?
Are you on the autistic spectrum and do you have trouble with mental fatigue and tiredness?
Thanks for reading-Steve