I love it when I actually sleep through the night. It doesn’t happen often, and didn’t happen last night, but I love it when it does. I’m not sure why I couldn’t sleep last night. I even went to bed early…exhausted. I hate how I have times when all I want to do is sleep, and other times when I can’t sleep at all.
Sleep is so underrated and unappreciated. Society has taught us to go, go, go and do, do, do. So much so that taking a time out can be hard to do. It seems to go against everything we have been taught. Somehow sleep has been given a bad stigma and seen as something of little to no importance.
But no matter what others may say, sleep is vital to our health. We need to take some time in our day to pause and rest. Pausing really isn’t a bad thing. Music has rests in it. Without those pauses, it wouldn’t be music. And bears, well they take really long pauses. I use to think it would be wonderful to be a bear and hibernate, now I’m just thankful if I can make it through the night without being interrupted by muscle spasms, pain, and just being uncomfortable. At least with a catheter I have cut down on the multiple bathroom trips.
Sleep…what once was my enemy, has now become my friend. I think sleep has become my favorite thing in life. Well, besides coffee and chocolate.
Don’t ever feel bad for needing a nap or for sleeping more than you use to. Allow yourself time to rest. If that means sending the kids out with a friend for the day…then send them. If you need to take the afternoon off from work…then take it. Your kids will enjoy the time out and your work will be there when you get back.
Allow your body that time it needs to rejuvenate and be refreshed. With MS, we need sleep more than most people because our bodies are working twice as hard to do just about everything. What better way to be good to yourself than to rest. So put some clean sheets on the bed, pile the pillows up, clear your schedule, turn the phone off, and rest. It does the body good.