Here are some tips for reducing fatigue:
- Get adequate, regular, and consistent amounts of sleep each night.
- Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet and drink plenty of water throughout the day.
- Exercise regularly.
- Learn better ways to relax. Try yoga or meditation.
- Maintain a reasonable work and personal schedule.
- Change your stressful circumstances, if possible. For example, switch jobs, take a vacation, and deal directly with problems in a relationship.
- Take a multivitamin. Talk to your doctor about what is best for you.
- Avoid alcohol, nicotine, and drug use.
If you have chronic pain or depression, treating either often helps address the fatigue. However, some antidepressant medications may cause or worsen fatigue. Your medication may have to be adjusted to avoid this problem. Do not stop or change any medications without instruction from your doctor.
Stimulants (including caffeine) are not effective treatments for fatigue, and can actually make the problem worse when the drugs are stopped. Sedatives also tend to worsen fatigue in the long run.
Call your doctor right away if:
- You are confused or dizzy.
- You have blurred vision.
- You have little to no urine, or recent swelling and weight gain.
Call your doctor if:
- You have ongoing, unexplained weakness or fatigue, especially if accompanied by fever or unintentional weight loss.
- You have constipation, dry skin, weight gain, or intolerance to cold.
- You wake up and fall back to sleep multiple times through the night.
- You have headaches.
- You are taking any medications, prescription or non-prescription, or using drugs that may cause fatigue or drowsiness.
- You feel sad or depressed.
- You have insomnia.