Managing fatigue The management of fatigue depends in large measure on its causes and the person's experience of it. For example, if fatigue is acute and normal, the person will recover from feeling tired after exertion by resting. In cases of fatigue associated with influenza or other infectious illnesses, the person will feel energy return as they recover from the illness. When fatigue is chronic and abnormal, however, the doctor will tailor a treatment program to the patient's needs. There are a variety of approaches that include: · Aerobic exercise. Physical activity increases fitness and counteracts depression. · Hydration (adding water). Water improves muscle turgor, or tension, and helps to carry electrolytes. · Improving sleep patterns. The patient's sleep may be more restful when its timing and duration are controlled. · Pharmacotherapy (treatment with medications). The patient may be given various medications to treat physical diseases or mental disorders, to control pain, or to manage sleeping patterns. · Psychotherapy. There are several different treatment approaches that help patients manage stress, understand the motives that govern their behavior, or change maladaptive ideas and negative thinking patterns. · Physical therapy. This form of treatment helps patients improve or manage functional impairments or disabilities.