Ways to Relieve Extreme Fatigue

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Exercise may relieve the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome.

If you suffer from extreme fatigue, you may have chronic fatigue syndrome. In addition to extreme fatigue that does not improve after sleep and rest, individuals suffering from this condition may also experience a sore throat, inability to concentrate and muscle and joint pain. Additionally, bloating, chills or night sweats, dry mouth or earache may occur, according to Mayo Clinic. While the cause of chronic fatigue syndrome is not known, treatments are available.

  1. Sleep

    • Get plenty of sleep each night to ease your extreme fatigue, recommends Mayo Clinic. Aim to get six to eight hours of quality sleep per night. Develop a sleep routine by going to bed and waking up at the same time each day, suggests Mayo Clinic. If you find it difficult to fall asleep at night, take a warm bath or read a book to help yourself fall asleep. Avoid foods or beverages containing caffeine close to bedtime.

    Diet and Exercise

    • A healthy, balanced diet may combat feelings of extreme fatigue. Drink plenty of water every day, and include whole grains, lean proteins and plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet. Daily exercise may help ease the effects of fatigue. Exercise will help you sleep, improve your mood and reduce stress. If you do not currently engage in regular exercise, begin slow with a few minutes of walking each day. Add variety with swimming, jogging, aerobics or tennis.

    Understand Your Body

    • Manage your extreme fatigue by learning about your body. Keep a journal and document your symptoms throughout the day, advises WebMD. Write down when you feel fatigued, depressed or experience other symptoms. Over time, you may discover patterns or find that you are generally more energetic during a specific time of day. Plan your daily tasks on these findings. For example, schedule meetings, outdoor activities and housework during times that you usually feel the best. If you tend to feel tired during the evening, plan to rest. Do not let yourself get too tired, warns Mayo Clinic.

    Therapy and Medication

    • Cognitive behavior therapy may help you deal with chronic fatigue syndrome, according to Mayo Clinic. This form of therapy helps you recognize negative feelings or actions that may cause your symptoms.

      Antidepressants may help combat the feelings of depression that often accompany chronic fatigue syndrome and may also help you get a better night sleep. Over-the-counter, pain-relieving medications may help you deal with headaches or other pains associated with your fatigue.

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