7 Tips for Beating MS Fatigue

Tip 5: Try Therapy

If your own lifestyle changes don’t give you the energy boost that you need, you may want to try occupational or physical therapy. In occupational therapy, a trained specialist helps you to simplify activities in your work or home environments. This may involve using adaptive equipment or changing the environment to help increase physical and mental energy. In physical therapy, a trained professional helps you more effectively perform daily physical tasks—for example, using techniques or devices that may help you to conserve energy while walking.

Tip 6: Regulate Your Sleep

Sleep problems are often behind the fatigue that people with MS experience. Whether you have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or getting the amount and type of sleep you need to awaken feeling refreshed, the result is the same: you’ll feel tired.

To prevent these problems, it’s important to regulate your sleep. This might involve identifying and treating other symptoms of MS that cause sleep problems—for example, urinary dysfunction. If all else fails, you might talk with your doctor about using sleep medications for a short period of time.

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