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sleep sleep to much sleep

I think i am sinking into bad habits its 2.00 in the aternoon and i just got up. well i got up at six took my hubby to work then went back to bed for an hour, and just forced myself to get up. And i feel rubbish. this is a habit i have been getting into since i have been of work.

So have decided to kick my ass and get back into a positive routine, tell you the truth i feel worse for it so stiff and achy so new day from tomorrow no more lazing around butever so gently get myself motivated. I bet we all can get like this i put it down to the depression and the only one who can beat it is me. so if you are getting into negative habits you are not alone

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Don't be hard on yourself for sleeping, the body heals better when it is asleep. AND with fibro you need all the rest and healing you can get.

((((( gentle hugs )))))

Julie xx


be gentle with yourself and take sleep while you can. plan small tasks then rest breaks in between. regards, sandra


I agree, don't be too hard on yourself Webby, we have all been in the same position as you at some time or other. I know I certainly have. Whenever I do, I try to think positively, which isn't easy I know, but for a day or two to prepare myself I do, then I get ready for a shake up! By this I mean, I get ready to start pacing again.

Pacing is a slow process. The starting point for me when I'm stuck in a rut getting up in the afternoon, is to regulate my bed time first. Even if you just alter it by one hour on the first night, it's a big step. Also alter the wake time (getting up time) by an hour earlier. This is how it starts if you want to get a positive result. Even if it takes a few days getting up an hour earlier and going to bed an hour earlier it doesn't matter. When you've managed this, drop another hour off either side and so on. It doesn't take too long before you've dragged the hours back both sides and you are getting up in the morning. It doesn't matter if it's mid morning, you can work on that later. Your bed time should be regulated at this stage at a reasonable time and also your wake time much better too. If you set yourself a target for bed time and wake time, aim for this and take as long as you need to gently get there. It is possible to do this through gentle pacing. Only start pacing during a good day, don't consider it during a flare-up, it won't work then. Once you feel positive and determined enough to give it a go, go for it!

One other thing to remember is regular rest periods during the day, try not to rely on bed for this. It doesn't matter whether you have a nap in a chair, just try to avoid the trap of bed. It's a mental change as well trying not to resolve your fatigue with bed at the drop of a hat which is all too easy. Have regular rest periods of say 15-20 minutes rest a few times during the day. Slowly increase activities in between these rest periods. Activities include showering, washing your hair, and domestic things like hoovering etc.

I hope all of this doesn't sound too mind boggling, just make a note of it and keep it to try when you feel able to. I didn't think I could do it, as initially I spent months in bed. I picked the right time to try it and it worked. Now whenever I lapse backwards, which I do from time to time, I wait until the time is right and do it all over again and it works again. It's a comfort knowing I can get myself back on track.

If you would like to know more about this or need some reassurance, please don't hesitate to message me privately and I will do my best to help you. Take care. :)


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