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MS Hacks vol.2: Taming Fatigue

Motivated by the wonderful response to Vol. 1: Beat the Heat, I've been trying to chose a topic for the next set of MS Hacks. There were a few possibilities - and I always welcome more suggestions - but I figured that fatigue seems to affect more of us MSers than any other symptom, so perhaps we could all stand to learn something by pooling our information. Of course, there are drugs such as Amantadine and Modafinil prescribed for fatigue, but medication is only a part of fatigue management. What do you do to tame the fatigue beast? As usual, I will start: To conserve energy, I take what I call a "non-sleeping nap". This basically means almost completely switching off and resting without falling asleep and messing with my sleep routine - I find a sitcom episode that I have already seen is just the right level to keep me awake without really requiring any brain work. Just having an hour in the day doing pretty much nothing really helps my batteries last a bit longer.