Why you’re still tired with CPAP – part 3 of 5Apr 08, 2023
Reason #3 you’re still tired with CPAP. Your nervous system is . . . worn out.
How else can I say it? If you are someone who is stressed and living in fight-or-flight mode all the time, you’re probably not getting great sleep OR feeling good during the day.
We are meant to live mostly in rest-and-digest mode. If you feel like your life is sucking the living out of you, the first thing to do is work in some three-minute breaks during your day. Surely you can take 3 minutes just for you?
- Be sure to set your 3-minute alarm to something pleasant- a sound that doesn’t shock you when it’s time to move on
- Close your eyes, get comfortable, get still, and focus on breathing deeply and slowly.
- Breathe in and out through your nose. Your belly should push out with each inhale. Think of the air going down to your hips to make deep breathing easier. You can put one hand on your chest and one hand on your belly to feel the expansion and contraction with each breath.
- Relax your jaw muscles, relax your shoulders, and relax all the tiny muscles around your eyes.
- Make your exhale twice as long as your inhale. This is your special time to relax. Let your mind have some white space or think of a positive word or phrase.
- When the three minutes are up, stand up and stretch your body before moving on to your next activity.
Persistent tiredness is usually multifactorial. It takes time to identify and unwind the causes. Be patient with yourself. And know that I can help you with many more ways to calm your nervous system down.
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