I recently read a letter in the ME Associations magazine from somebody who always feels worse after resting. I too often feel at my worse after my afternoon rest and when I wake up first thing in the morning. It also reminded me of another blogger who has mentioned to me how much of an effort it is to get going again after her afternoon rest. It made we wonder just how common this is?
I have discovered that this feeling tends to relate to my low blood pressure. For a while I experimented with taking my blood pressure at different times of the day and noticed that it was always particularly low when I felt my worse. One of the reasons I’m so good at doing my afternoon yoga after my rest is that I always feel so much better for it. I found that my blood pressure was always at its lowest after my rest and up to 10 points higher after my gentle movement. It seems that this gentle movement is an effective way of getting my blood pressure from a ‘feeling rubbish’ zone to a ‘feeling ok’ zone.
This has taught me not to judge my ability by how I feel straight after a rest or sleeping: that I need to get my body moving a bit before I can get a good idea of how I am really doing today. I also need to rehydrate first thing in the morning. I need at least two cups of hot water before I start to feel more human.
Regular readers will know that to help me pace I try to do everything I do in a relaxed way without effort. The one exception to this is after a rest. It always feels like it’s a huge effort to get going again so I apply a 5 minute rule. If it’s still a huge effort after 5 minutes I stop but I usually find that once I get going the effort involved drains away.
Do you feel worse after resting? If you have a blood pressure monitor is there any relationship between this and your blood pressure? Do you feel better again after gentle movement?
If you have a moment could you do my quick poll top right!