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Should I rest more if I have fatigue from rheumatoid arthritis?

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Don't stay in bed. It might make you feel more tired.

Instead, take regular rest breaks during day. Find times that fit in with your life. Do you get more done in the morning? Then schedule some rest at noon. Do you need to regain energy before the kids get home from school? Then take a nap shortly before they get home.

Two or three short periods of downtime may give you the boost you need.

From: How Can I Get Over My RA Fatigue? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Arthritis Today: "Coping With Fatigue."

Hospital for Special Surgery: "Mastering the Impact of Fatigue."

Hewlett, S. , 2011.   Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases

Arthritis Today: "Exercise as a Fatigue Treatment." 

Reviewed by David Zelman on December 12, 2018

SOURCES:

Arthritis Today: "Coping With Fatigue."

Hospital for Special Surgery: "Mastering the Impact of Fatigue."

Hewlett, S. , 2011.   Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases

Arthritis Today: "Exercise as a Fatigue Treatment." 

Reviewed by David Zelman on December 12, 2018

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