Anyone experience prolonged fatigue from editing?


macrumors newbie
Original poster
May 4, 2006
Hi there. I'm new here and I was just curious if anyone else feels this way. I recently took a job where I'm a sports editor and I use Final Cut Pro daily and I go through many games per day. Being that this week and the last has been crazy due to the playoffs I have been working doubly hard on editing and I spend a lot of time in the suite watching a lot of video.

My question is this. Does anyone else here edit video for a living? If so, do you feel perpetual tiredness? I can't, for the life of me, seem to stay awake and alert. I have theories about why but since video editing is still pretty new and not a huge field there probably aren't any studies on the subject.

I feel that doing lots of editing day in and day out watching a screen and having your brain take in 3 hours of worth of information in a 30 minutes over and over again could be taxing or that perhaps watching the screen endlessly is breeding some type of indolence into my system.

The funny thing is since I took this job I have been eating healthier and yet I'm exhausted all the time. So anyone else feel like this? What do you do to stay alert and not feel so drowsy? I already develped quite a coffee habit and I still feel like Tyler Durden.


macrumors 601
Feb 22, 2005
Gah! Plymouth
welcome to the workforce?

I work at a hospital and i am always exhausted, doesn't help that i get up around 5AM for the 6-230 shift.


macrumors member
Jan 17, 2006
I think it's pretty much the same for all of us to be honest with you. I have to stare at spreadsheets all day and I get the same feeling.

I don't know you situation, but I find it makes work much more enjoyable if you have people around to chat with while you work, it alleviates the boredom and makes you feel more awake. It sounds like you are feeling tired due to the boredom of doing the same thing day-in day-out.


macrumors 6502a
Feb 4, 2004
West Valley City, Utah
I know when I was cutting my films for my editing class and the highlight reel I did for my little league football team, I would completely lose track of time. What seemed like 15 minutes ended up being 2 hours. I would have to force myself to get up and take a break because if I didn't, I am sure my eyes would have just fallen out of my head.

Although I have to say I am envious of your job. Cutting sports videos would be a sweet gig.

katie ta achoo

macrumors G3
May 2, 2005
When I sit for more than a few hours in a row, I get so sluggish. My brain slows down, I slow down, it's just gross.

If I get up and walk around, I feel better.
I think my blood just gets stagnant?