Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt


Permission to Sleep

posted by mpratt

Want to make your good day even better? Give yourself permission to sleep!

Before my lupus diagnosis, I overslept my alarm, steeled myself from taking naps that I craved, and felt guilty because I was so very, very fatigued. When I was diagnosed, it was as if a huge weight was lifted from my shoulders: Lupus causes horrible, bone-numbing fatigue.  My rheumatologist told me that, not only did I have to rest a lot, but I had to take naps. Naps!

I finally had permission to sleep!

There are many reasons why sleep can be elusive. But guilt can certainly make it more difficult to relax; and when sleep does come, it might not be the restorative rest we need.

Our bodies take a pounding from the day-to-day of serious, chronic illness. By giving ourselves permission to sleep, we also give ourselves permission to de-stress, relax, and help our bodies gather strength for the challenges they face.

Blessings for the day,

Maureen



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