It is very common to feel extreme fatigue after stroke and to have an overwhelming urge to sleep. Some stroke survivors use a lot of mental energy thinking about their recovery and this can contribute to fatigue. The cause of fatigue may be emotional, physical or mental (or a combination of these). Knowing the cause can help you better manage it.
Accept that you may need several rest periods during the day. As you work to regain your energy and activity levels, listen to your body, avoid stresses that may impede your recovery and try to get eight hours of quality sleep. Easier said than done?
Here are some sleep tips:
Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time to establish a routine
Avoid alcohol and caffeine within six hours of bed time
Keep TV, computers and other technology out of the bedroom
Sleep in a room that is dark, quiet and comfortable
Finish eating at least 2 – 3 hours before bedtime
Get enough exercise during the day
Use a relaxation technique before sleep