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: