PART 3 – SLEEP & REST!
By William for wheezingaway.com
(ALWAYS REMEMBER – A person without good breathing, is a person with a life of constant caution’, so let’s do what we can, to learn what we can, to improve what we can. – William)
Again, as I continue my own walk-through life with a chronic illness, I continue working with the belief that those who have a constant battle with any chronic illness should always be on the mindset that educating themselves will never end!
As for me, the battle I have are with severe Asthma, Stage III COPD, Fatigue and a chronic heart condition. Each of these battles provide a need for different ranges of reading and educating so that I will know what my battle is and how that battle may play out in my life depending on the knowledge and skill level that I design to fight or work with each of these chronic illness situations.
As I write my blogs, I always try to keep that mindset of educating others and myself with every word that I may write.
In my on-going series, “Reflections”, I try to share materials which may help or benefit others in their daily battles with whatever chronic illness and/or disease they may be walking with in their life travels.
Today we share part three of a six-part series referencing ‘GAINING STABILITY WITH CHRONIC ILLNESSES’.
Gaining stability in life when a person is battling a constant companion that any chronic illness is can be very challenging as most anyone with a chronic illness knows – things may change at the snap of the fingers.
In scouring various areas of information, ‘Gaining Stability’ to a life with a chronic illness can be done and more importantly must be done at the absolute minimum through a regular routine and awareness.
One of the most important things a person can do when doing battle with any chronic illness (in my case COPD and Severe Asthma) is to bring a sense of stability within those daily battles and travels.
There are six simple areas which seem to stand out as important for gaining stability within a life with a chronic illness and they would be – exercising, avoiding sickness, sleep and rest, knowing yourself, social contact, and nutrition.
We continue our six-part series on GAINING STABILITY to a life with a chronic illness by talking about ‘SLEEP & REST’!
GAINING STABILITY WITH A CHRONIC ILLNESS – ‘SLEEP & REST’.
Although you can have sleep disorders without having any chronic illness, sleep disorders seem to be somewhat common with those who have a chronic illness and especially if you have something such as COPD and/or Asthma. That is just part of the possible problem when fighting a major disease and/or illness.
I you are one that may be having consistent problems with sleeping, then you need to man-up to it and have a sleep study done. The sleep study, while cumbersome with all the wires and all they attach to you, will go a long way toward helping solve a possible sleeping issue which in turns will help one stay more alert during awake time to fight whatever chronic illness you may be fighting.
This writer for one is grateful for the sleep study we had done as it diagnosed that our heart rate was dropping down to as low as 28 beats per minute. That combined with my actual diagnoses of sleep apnea I was given a pacemaker to regulate my heart rate, my sleep study was literally a life saver. That plus a C-Pap machine has my life much more reasonable.
So, if you are taking a sleep study and the diagnosis is that you do have sleep apnea then yes you need to consider to follow their guidance and if that means a c-pap machine then by all means consider it as it should or will make life and sleep more bearable.
Just remember that you and your health are important, and sleeping is a crucial key to that process as a whole.
Beyond sleeping, most us that fight a daily battle with any type of chronic illness can and will have times during those daily battles when fatigue and/or exhaustion may creep in. It’s okay as it is part of the results of those daily battles, the important thing is to stop and make a point of taking care of that fatigue and/or exhaustion.
In order to stay ahead of any chronic illness, one must do what is needed at times regardless of how it seems or sounds and that is particularly true when it comes to combating those moments when fatigue and/or exhaustion settles in.
Your health is of utmost importance to you and when those moments arrive, then it should be considered okay to stop and take care of it with either a short nap if the fatigue is minimal or even a longer nap if the fatigue and/or exhaustion is causing one to feel as if the body and day are shutting down.
Even if you don’t totally fall asleep, the idea that you make the attempt to rest and relax many times is just as important as taking the nap that includes sleep.
It is important to listen to your body and know when it begins to show fatigue and/or exhaustion that it is literally yelling at you to stop and rest, so do it – stop and take a rest or nap.
Taking that rest and/or nap should not be considered a shameful thing and those closest to you should also understand, especially if they realize how much that rest and/or nap can substantially help in pro-longing the time you will be around to enjoy daily life with them.
SLEEP & REST is and always will be of the utmost importance when factoring the building your individual stability while we have our own daily battles with any chronic illness.
OUR REFLECTION QUESTION(S):
- Do you sleep well enough, and if not do you work at making it so?
- When you get tired and/or exhausted, do you willingly take the time to relax and rest?
If you would like to reflect on our question(s), you can voice your response in the comment section of this post or email your response to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOMETHING WE ALWAYS STRESS – If you have a chronic illness and/or disease, then you must always stay attuned and alert to any and all new or previous knowledge that will offer any glimpses of hope and faith of getting through one’s own battles with that chronic illness and/or disease.
AS ALWAYS (Because I fight COPD) – If you or anyone you know may have any symptoms involving lung and breathing issues or functionality, and those symptoms linger over and over while disrupting your daily living, then please start asking questions and get it checked out with your regular physician or a pulmonologist!
With that, I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing.
NOTES: Sometimes we share what may seem like medical information, but we are only giving descriptions and highlights of various aspects of living with a chronic illness and/or disease, and in no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical advice. If you have questions about what we have posted, then ask your physician and/or medical specialist about it.
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