"Can I nap yet, or are we still playing together?" *** Lupus in 60: In many countries around the world, an afternoon nap is part of everyday life. You take a mid-day break, and it's not only accepted, it's expected. Why shouldn't it be that way for a chronic illness? With diseases like lupus, a nap can be an absolute necessity! I used to fight the need to rest every afternoon, even though I was losing half my day to fatigue. Stopping to rest mid-day seemed inconvenient, and made me feel inadequate and totally inefficient. But you know what's really inefficient? Me, pushing through debilitating fatigue, making mistakes, and taking 3 times as long to do something because I'm too tired to think. So I decided that the energy I put toward resisting a nap needed to be redirected to figuring out how to make one happen. Tweaks to my schedule at work; getting help on weekends at home; making changes to my daily routine - I forced myself to find time to nap. Armed with proper rest and time to recharge, I got my whole life back. I could work faster, make decisions quicker, I made evening plans. I had on energy until bedtime. I could have a life, despit lupus.
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