Treating chronic fatigue will depend on a number of factors. First, doctors will need to identify the cause. Once your doctor is able to identify the cause, he or she will be able to recommend treatment.
If you think you may be struggling with chronic fatigue, you should talk to your doctor about the following:
- Any symptoms you may be experiencing, including chronic pain
- Medications you are taking, including dietary supplements and alternative and complementary treatments
- Exercise and the importance of maintaining a healthy weight.
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Helpful tips for better sleep include:
- Follow a regular sleep schedule. It is helpful to go to sleep and wake up at the same times as much as possible, even on weekends.
- Start an exercise program. Exercise at a regular time each day, at least three hours before bedtime.
- Get some natural, outdoor light each day.
- Avoid caffeine late in the day.
- Don't drink alcohol to help you sleep.
- Don't skip meals.
- Drink at least eight glasses of water a day.
- Avoid smoking.
- Create a safe and comfortable place to sleep (quiet, dark, and well ventilated).
- Develop a nighttime routine that helps you slow down and relax.
- If you're having trouble falling asleep after about 15 minutes, get up, do a quiet activity, and return to bed when you are sleepy.
Try these tips, and record your sleep and sleep-related activities in a sleep diary. If problems continue, discuss your sleep diary with your doctor.