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Tiredness/Fatigue

Tiredness is a common symptom after a stroke. It often takes more energy to do things and some people also have trouble sleeping after a stroke.  Lack of exercise, eating poorly (maybe you have a swallowing problem) or depression can also make you feel tired. 

But the good news is that you'll feet less tired as time goes on.  Your occupational therapist can show you ways of doing things that don't as much energy – and remember to pace yourself.  Don't try to do too much at once.  Break down chores into smaller parts and tackle them one at a time.  Ask your occupational therapist about how best to pace yourself – if you don't have an occupational therapist then ask your practice nurse how to contact one. 

If you have problems sleeping ask your practice nurse or GP for help.  Remember they can't help if you don't tell them you've got a problem!