Take the time to rest

Don’t ever feel bad for needing a nap

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.

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

    Thanks Penelope you are sooo right again. I had sleep problems and spasm in the night . Sorry we have just got visitors so I’ll get back to you soon. Right have you tried Normison for sleeping? I use 2 Normison and take 5 baclofen and that gives me a good 5 hours sleep. It took a while to get this sorted out but I worked at it and this seems to work well. My doctor has given me some room to move on this and I have made the right choice for me. I know we are all different so this combination may not work for you but it’s a start anyway.

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

    Having cats is great. They sleep/nap about 18 hours a day. I always have someone to nap with.
    Be well. Enjoy your ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ’s.

  3. Jan
    Jan says:

    Yes, time out for us with MS!! If I don’t rest these wobbly legs in the afternoon I’m no good at all and then the dizziness set in. Thank you Penelope for posting about rest & sleep!!

  4. Peggy
    Peggy says:

    Yes! Sleep is overrated and as you say life seems be a go, go, do, do …. but napping AAHHH
    As I’ve heard we fight so hard NOT to nap as young children but as adults we Need one! Then coffee oh yes coffee…😘

  5. Angela
    Angela says:

    Perfect timing! My fatigue is currently being tied to overweight and/or poor sleep before they get around to my MS. Grrr. However, I was surprised at your mention of Coffee and chocolate – two things forbidden since I was diagnosed all those years ago (surprising how quickly decaf coffee became palatable!) Your posts are always so relevant, Penelope. Many thanks for helping other pwMS.


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