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,