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How to manage tiredness

 

Why do I feel so tired all the time?

It takes a lot of energy for your body to heal after a stroke. The tired feeling may also be from changes to your brain from the stroke. Watch this video on how stroke can affect sleep:

Will I have more energy again?

Yes, as your body gets stronger again, you will feel more energy.

 

What can I do now to have more energy?

Take care of your body

  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Drink 6 to 8 cups of fluid every day
  • Get a good nights’ sleep
  • Go to sleep and wake up the same time every day
  • Take short naps if you need but save the longest sleep for nighttime
  • Be active and move around as much as you can

Plan your days

  • Plan your activities when you have the most energy.
  • Make a daily to-do list. Focus on the important things first.
  • Break up big tasks into smaller tasks
  • Plan your days and schedule in rest time 

 

How can I get a good nights’ sleep?

Try these tips to get a good nights’ sleep:

Prepare your body:

  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol and nicotine 6 hours before bed time.
  • Finish dinner at least 3 hours before bed time.
  • Drink enough fluid to keep you from waking up thirsty.
  • Do not drink so much that you need to wake up to pee.
  • Make a relaxing bedtime routine. For example, try soothing music, belly breathing exercises, using the bathroom.

Prepare your bedroom:

  • Keep your room quiet, dark and cool
  • Keep computers, cell phones, TVs and work out of your bedroom
  • Dim the lights before bedtime

I have tried different things and still have trouble sleeping. What should I do?

Talk to your doctor if you have poor sleep. They can help you manage this.

Some things they may recommend include:

  • Seeing a sleep specialist
  • Taking sleep medicine
  • Counselling and therapy. For example, mindfulness meditation and cognitive behavioural therapy. 

Watch this video on relaxation techniques: 

Video credit: Stroke 4 Carers

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