Does rest help reduce fatigue?

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Question from Getting Scared: Does rest help reduce fatigue?
Answers - Tish Knobf Rest can be helpful for fatigue in conserving your energy for the activities that you want to do. But too much rest creates a vicious cycle where you become more fatigued. So this needs to be balanced by some physical activity in the day. In a radiation therapy study where women complained about fatigue, a good example of rest was taking a nap in the afternoon so they'd have more energy in the evening. Or women who worked said they retired to bed earlier to get a little more rest during the night.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Managing Fatigue During and After Treatment featured Diana Dyer, M.S., R.D., Tish Knobf, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., A.O.C.N., and Lillie Shockney, R.N., B.S., M.A.S. answering your questions about ways to keep up your energy, how nutrition can affect fatigue, and how exercising can help.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in January 2008.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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