Regular, good quality sleep is important when you are feeling tired.
Keeping to your normal sleeping pattern, even if you want to sleep all the time, can help. There are different things you can do to improve your sleep and rest. You might want to try:
- keeping a bedtime routine
- reducing light and noise in your bedroom
- keeping a worry diary to record any thoughts that stop you sleeping
- getting some exercise – this may help you to sleep better in the long term.
If you struggle to get to sleep, there are things you can do to help. It’s a good idea to have a small snack or a warm drink before bed. But try not to drink stimulating drinks, such as coffee, close to bedtime as this can keep you awake. You might also want to try mental exercises if you can’t get to sleep. For example, try to remember the lines of a song, make alphabetical lists or write a letter in your mind.
Your doctor or nurse can give you more advice on how to manage your fatigue.