Sleep and post stroke fatigue
This information is aimed at professionals supporting stroke survivors and their families.
Fatigue is common after stroke and includes lack of energy or an increased need to rest every day, however, fatigue is characteristically not relieved by rest or sleep.
- People with stroke who are medically stable but who report fatigue should be offered an assessment for mental and physical factors that may be contributing, particularly when engagement with rehabilitation or quality of life is affected.
- People with fatigue after stroke and their family/carers should be given information, reassurance and support to identify their personal indicators and triggers for fatigue and supported to develop strategies to anticipate and manage fatigue.
National Sleep Foundation – mindfulness information
Neurobiology of Sleep and Circadian Rhythms – open access journal
SLEEP – Journal for circadian rhythm and sleep
Recovery Academy GMMH – local course on overcoming sleep problems
SLEEPIO– free CBTi online tool
“Why we sleep” – book by Matthew Walker
Saebo – company promoting sleep after a stroke
Waking up to the health benefits of sleep – resource from University of Oxford