Recharge – Power Nap

Many of us post stroke, sadly, know only too well the difficulties with neurological fatigue, how it takes a hold on our lives and how misunderstood it still is. I am not going to discuss fatigue further having written a previous blog, but instead an approach towards coping with it. This I know sounds strange and possibly something you don’t even want to continue reading but please bare with me; I have been fighting this difficult situation for 7 years, and still, it has always got the better of me.

Suddenly, a light bulb moment occurred. If we are fighting a situation, we are focussing on the very thing we do not want, the universal energy teaches us how wrong this is and as we know that in itself is a huge subject.

To simplify, if we get out of bed in the morning and stub our toe we start the day in a negative, not a positive mood, notice that things then often follow suit because we are in this mood other things happen around us to support it. We may drop our breakfast or spill our coffee and have to change, this makes us late for our appointment, we become stressed because we are no longer able to rush and so it continues. If we feel positive on the other hand and we are smiling, as the saying goes the world smiles with us. Keep this thought in mind.

Now think of your smart phone, iPad, laptop or camera, we think nothing of recharging the battery when the need arises. It is quite a common tradition in some countries, particularly in those where the weather is warm.

Yes, I am finally getting to my point, view our new situation, not as something to battle with, but simply a European or electronic way of life before our battery runs a little low.  On a daily basis, we need to plan our activities around this in order to fit in a daily nap.

Treat this need for sleep as nothing other than respecting our body in the same way our European friends do, respect our personal needs too instead of trying to fight it. I have found that since adopting this attitude, I have removed inordinate amounts of pressure from myself. When planning anything, I explain my need for a daily sleep due to neurological fatigue, I ask if there is somewhere I may go to close my eyes for an hour? I explain that, without doing so, I would not be able to complete the day. It would be both unfair to them and me not to explain this beforehand, I have found people to be most understanding.

It has been illustrated that providing it is not for more than an hour, a nap is good for our health, even thirty minutes is beneficial. It is part of the work culture in China and it is perfectly normal for mammals too.

A nap is beneficial for the heart as it lowers the blood pressure allowing the cardiovascular system to recover too. A Greek scientific study in 2007 showed that a half hour nap 3 times a week reduced the risk of death by heart failure by over thirty percent.

It also improves our memory which is beneficial to us, vigilance and creativity are helped too. It even restores levels of hormones and proteins, improving your immunity. Even migraines and muscular and joint pains can be improved by a short sleep. It is better to take forty winks than a cocktail of dietary supplements.

So, although I hope you have managed to stay awake to read all of my blog, why not go and have a thirty-minute snooze now and promise yourself to build it into your routine as a way to ease neurological fatigue?

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