There’s a nap for that

I think I slept a total of 3 hours last night if I were to add up all the time I wasn’t actually watching the minutes tick by. Boy, can I feel it already today too. Nights like that make for some really interesting days. You will find me yawning in the shower, as I work, and even as I eat. It’s funny how that happens.

My days seem to always be filled with the longing to go to bed and my nights are filled with my brain refusing to sleep no matter how exhausted I am. It just won’t stop talking, and the random things it chooses to talk about are crazy. “Why can’t you buy a bag of Oreo middles? Why don’t penguins fly? Where is that middle of the universe, really!?”

I guess you could say I don’t sleep even at night, I just nap. I nap at 2 o’clock in the morning and at 3 o’clock in the afternoon…and other times in between. Multiple sclerosis can truly be exhausting, more for some people than for others. I can tell it definitely is for me.

When my body is screaming at me to slow down and take a break, I listen now more than I did in times past. Those pauses in my day aren’t me being lazy or a sign of weakness, they are simply a necessary part of me taking care of myself.

I can’t stop the impact of MS on my day, but I can do better at handling the exhaustion that comes with it. If that means taking a nap, sitting alone in my car to get away from the hustle and bustle happening around me, or taking a trip to the park for a little R&R, then I do it. No guilt. No shame.

Know that you are important enough to take that time too. Life is moving at such lightning speeds and it seems to demand so much out of us that rest just doesn’t fit into our plans. Don’t buy into that lie. Rest is needed and more valuable than you may realize.

Press the pause button today, hang out the do not disturb sign, and make the choice to be still in the middle of the day…just try not to snore too loudly, or drool.

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Penelope Conway

Penelope Conway
Penelope started Positive Living with MS as a way to help others with MS stay positive in the midst of a terrible disease. She believes that staying positive and holding onto hope is the key to waking up each morning with the strength to get through the day. Multiple Sclerosis may never go away, but neither will her determination and her drive to help others through the journey.

4 replies
  1. Rodger Ashton-Smith
    Rodger Ashton-Smith says:

    Thanks Penelope sleep must be short for you. I had some problems like that a while ago and now on Normison and Baclofen and they give me around 6 hrs sleep. I can alter the Baclofen to get more or less as needed.

  2. Carla L Broadbent Rogers
    Carla L Broadbent Rogers says:

    That was me last night. I have several cats. I wish I were more like them. I am cannot sleep, they pile on me and just purr. I move and try to get more relaxed…..they get up and do those wonderful full stretches, lay back down and close their eyes and purr into wonderful slumber. The day ahead may have a nap in it. I can only hope. I wish having MS had a check list of things we could choose to have or not have. Maybe in a dream, if I get to sleep and have one. Be well. I am going to try and check out the inside of my eyelids. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  3. Meeya
    Meeya says:

    THANK YOU so much… that makes me feel so much better about my being so “lazy” today!
    And just when I needed it most – perfect timing! 😁

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