This content was created by the National Sleep Foundation
Fatigue is a constant battle for people with Non 24-Hour Sleep Wake Disorder (Non-24). But, there are some things you can do to help fight fatigue. Here are some general tips for managing fatigue:
- Eat a healthy diet. Food is fuel for the body. Eating a balanced diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins can keep your blood sugar in check, which will help you to feel more alert.
- Exercise during waking hours. Moderate exercise five times a week can increase your energy and help stabilize your blood sugar.
- Drink caffeine in moderation. Although caffeine can give you a brief burst of energy, too much of it can lead to anxiety or withdrawal symptoms, which may cause you to feel more fatigued.
- Drink plenty of water. Dehydration can cause fatigue. Make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day, and before and after exercising.
- Limit alcohol consumption. Too much alcohol can disrupt your sleep and make you feel sluggish when you are awake, particularly on mornings when you have not had enough sleep.
- Lose excess weight. People who are overweight tend to tire more easily than those who are at a normal weight for their height.
- Follow your treatment regimen. The best way to fight Non-24-related fatigue is to follow your doctor’s treatment plan and talk to your doctor if you’re still having difficulty.