How to Treat Exhaustion

Updated June 13, 2017

Exhaustion is sometimes referred to as fatigue or a lack of energy and can be a problem by itself or stem from some other problem. Some common causes of exhaustion include depression, thyroid problems, anaemia, allergies, chronic pain, chronic fatigue syndrome and sleep disorders. Drug abuse and some medications can cause exhaustion as well. Treating the underlying cause can reduce exhaustion, and there are some lifestyle changes you can make at home to help.

Get enough sleep at night and keep a consistent sleep schedule. Changes in your sleep cycle or interrupted sleep can cause exhaustion throughout the day.

Practice relaxation techniques such as yoga or meditation. Higher stress levels can lead to physical exhaustion.

Exercise on a regular basis. A good exercise regimen is 30 minutes a day, five days a week.

Eat a well-balanced diet and stay hydrated by drinking enough water. Dehydration can contribute to exhaustion and other ailments.

Take a daily multivitamin to help fill any nutrient gaps in your diet. Multivitamins with iron can help prevent anaemia or assist in recovery from it.

Keep a balanced work and personal schedule. Becoming overworked and stressed can lead to exhaustion as well. Take time to do something calming and relaxing, such as listening to music or reading a book.

Visit a doctor to rule out underlying causes of exhaustion. Common tests to rule out underlying causes can include a sleep test to check for sleep apnoea, psychiatric evaluation to rule out mental illness, and blood tests to rule out anaemia or dehydration.


Stimulants can make exhaustion worse in the long run.

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Angie Briggs has been a health and fitness writer since 2006. Her articles have been published on eHow, LIVESTRONG.COM and GardenGuides. She graduated from Thompson Institute with a diploma as a computer support specialist and received certification from CareerStep as a medical transcriptionist and medical language specialist.