Here are some tips for overcoming fatigue.
Quality sleep is an important part of managing fatigue.
- Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day, even on days off.
- Set the bedroom temperature at a comfortable level. Cooler may be better. The National Sleep Foundation recommend a room temperature of 60 to 67°F.
- Make sure the room is comfortable, dark and quiet and you will not be interrupted.
- Make sure you go to the bathroom before going to bed so you don’t wake up in the middle of the night.
- Avoid screen time an hour before sleeping, as the light and sounds from a TV or computer screen can stimulate brain activity, affecting sleep quality.
- Avoid eating within 90 minutes or 2 hours before going to bed.
- As bedtime approaches, physically and mentally slow down. Have a consistent routine. A warm bath or listening to some soothing music can help you clear your mind of stressful and worrying thoughts before going to sleep.
Keeping a sleep diary may also help.
Eating and drinking habits
Here are some tips:
- Eat small frequent meals throughout the day.
- Eat snacks that are low in sugar.
- Avoid junk food and follow a well-balanced diet.
- Consume plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.
- Drink alcoholic and caffeinated beverages in moderation, or not at all. Avoid caffeine in the afternoon and evening.
A moderate and well-balanced diet can lead to better health and better sleep.
Regular physical activity can help reduce fatigue by improving sleep. However, those who have not been physically active for some time should introduce exercise gradually. A doctor or sports therapist can help. Exercise during the time of day that is most productive for you.
Take a break from driving.
The CDC urge people to know the warning signs of drowsiness on the road.
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- yawning and blinking
- not remembering the last few miles they have driven
- missing an exit
- drifting across the lane
- driving onto a rumble strip
- having trouble staying focused
If fatigue and sleepiness are affecting your daily life, and none of these tips work, you should see a doctor. Driving while tired can kill, not only yourself but other innocent people on the road. Some facts from this article are the recommendations of The Center for Disease Control.
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