Have you ever been so tired that just the thought of moving makes you want to put your head down and cry?
There are days that I know I swim in the heaviness of exhaustion and my eyes beg to close for just a moment. I don't dare because I know that I won't open them again for hours.
Sometimes when my Lyme Disease is rearing up, I fight this symptom more than others. Tiredness and depression are symptoms of Lyme Disease.
When I feel this way I know I'm sleeping at night because I am dragging my heavy swollen with sleep body off the couch each night and wishing I didn't have to go through the motions of preparing for bed. And I wake up just as tired.
Is feeling tired normal with Lyme Disease?
Winter is always stressful for people with Lyme Disease. I hate cold weather because it makes my joints ache. But everyone seems to love snow days and winter sports. I'll smile and pretend for everyone else that I don't want to crawl into my cave of coziness and sleep like a drunk with a bottle. But deep down, I just want a nap.
Tips for feeling less tired
I know that many of us suffer from exhaustion and are looking for solutions. I came across a few that are actually helpful.
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What to do if you are feeling more exhausted than usual:
- See your doctor to make sure you aren't having a reaction to your medication.
- Are you feeling depressed? Sleepiness is a sign of depression.
- Are you getting enough sleep at night? We have some tips for getting better sleep.
- Try to get some exercise during the day.
- Keep a journal of how much sleep you are getting and how you feel through the day to show your doctor.
- Have you changed your medications?
We aren't doctors, but I live with Lyme Disease and I know how frustrating it can be to feel like something isn't right. Our suggestions are not replacement for medical advice and I always suggest speaking with a medical professional when your symptoms change.