Feelings of fatigue and tiredness can make it difficult to get through the day, and can affect your social life, mental health and workplace productivity. Luckily, there are some ways to help beat fatigue, stay alert and feel well rested.1,2
If you're concerned about fatigue, please speak to your doctor or nurse to discuss other factors that could be impacting your quality of sleep.
The importance of sleep
Poor sleep can lead to fatigue, so getting a good night’s rest is very important. Improving sleep hygiene could help improve sleep quality.1-3
Late nights and daytime naps can disrupt the body’s natural day/night cycle and sleep patterns.4,5 Try to develop a regular bedtime and wake up time to get the body into a routine.
Below are some ways to improve sleep hygiene.
WINDING DOWN BEFORE BED1
Aim to wind down an hour before going to bed – a warm bath can help to do this
Putting away all electronic devices at least 30 minutes before sleeping may help to avoid any stimulation and distractions
REDUCING YOUR EVENING CAFFEINE1,6
Try to not drink coffee, tea or any caffeinated soft drinks (including energy drinks) in the evening
Alternately, choosing the decaffeinated versions of these beverages is an option
Try to avoid drinking alcohol in the evening
INVESTING IN A GOOD BEDDING7
High-quality cotton bedding can help you feel more comfortable
Adjusting your sleep environment8
Making changes to your sleep environment may help you find the best environment for optimal sleep. These could include:
Getting comfortable pillows and updating your blanket or doona to suit the season
Making sure the room is as dark as possible before bed
Wearing ear plugs if the room is too noisy
Developing a regular bedtime at a reasonable hour
Other ways of dealing with fatigue
Fighting fatigue can be a challenge, but there are some ways to boost energy levels and lessen fatigue. Some of the following methods may work for you:
Exercise can help in many ways – it can increase muscle mass, strength and flexibility, all of which boost energy and can help fight fatigue
Doing as little as 30 minutes of light exercise every day can increase alertness and improve mood
Talk to your doctor about which exercises might be right for you or learn more on our exercise page
Eat a healthy, balanced diet, rich in fruits, vegetables and lean protein
Consider anti-inflammatory foods such as salmon or brown rice, and to find out more about inflammatory foods visit the Diet page
TAKING A BREAK
Chronic conditions such as yours can reduce energy levels13 – frequent breaks and rest periods are an important way to fight fatigue
Spread activities throughout the day and plan more strenuous tasks for times when you usually have more energy
ASKING FOR HELP14
Ask family members or friends to help around the house, or consider hiring a housecleaner to come to the house
Speak to your doctor about other ways that fatigue can be managed if you are struggling
Always speak to your doctor before making changes to your health and exercise routine.
AbbVie Care Health Coaches
The AbbVie Care Health Coach team can provide information on how to help lead a healthier lifestyle with some easy-to-follow, realistic steps combined with your RINVOQ treatment.
The Health Coaching service offered through AbbVie Care is general in nature and is in addition to the support and advice available from your healthcare team. You should always speak to your doctor for tailored advice for your condition or if you have any questions about your health and treatment.
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