Waking up and getting up are two completely different things. Waking up, you may experience anything, from pleasure of waking up to the sun shining, little pain and a day of relaxation to a blaring alarm, lots of pain and a busy day ahead. Sometimes I wish the day starts when I say it can, having slept in enough to feel completely rested. But, that's not possible... Anyway, getting up is a process in and of itself. It's hard to try and move when you feel like you can't, and it's worse when you're in pain. Sometimes it seems like it would help the pain to just stay in pain, and I really wish I could.
I've been trying to do a few things to make mornings less stressful:
- Sleeping in a stretched position can help with the pain. It's tempting to curl up, but it may be harder to get up in the morning. It may also put less strain on your joints. In colder weather, layering your bed with lots of blankets and wearing warm pyjamas and socks can help you resist temptation of curling for warmth.
- Set your alarm clock for a half hour or even hour before you need to get up- and make sure it goes off a few times before you need to get up. Waking up gradually may help you feel more rested. It's an ancient Chinese practice I've read about.
- Along with the alarm going off, take your pain medicines an hour or so before you need to get up. That way they have time to work and can make the mornings easier. Keep a glass of water and the right pill/pills on your bedside. I keep only exactly what I need because my mind is really fuzzy in the morning, and nothing says 'good morning' like extra pain meds.
- Try to lay out your clothes, pack your bags and lunches and make sure you have everything you need for the day the night before, if you're able to. It makes the day easier. And if you're anything like me, it maybe ideal to put out two outfits in case I'm not in the mood for the first one. :)
Mornings are hectic, stressful and foggy. They shouldn't have to be painful, but it's hard to avoid. I hope my suggestions can help! If you have any morning suggestions or tips, leave it in the comment section! I'd love to read it. :)