Friday, September 11, 2015
The 3 Types of Exhaustion
One thing I've learned over the years is that there are different types of exhaustion. I personally experience 3 types:
1. Exhausted And Can Sleep All Day: This is the one that makes the most sense. These are the days when I can take multiple naps and still sleep through the night and still feel exhausted. Pretty straight forward.
2. Exhausted But Can't Sleep Much: This is much more frustrating as it doesn't make any sense. Oh and it's the type I experience most frequently. It doesn't seem to matter what I do on these days, I just can't seem to sleep through the night. I try powering through the day without a nap in hopes that it will help me sleep - but it doesn't. I try to increase my activity level - but that doesn't help. After a couple tough nights like this I simply must nap, no matter the consequences.
3. Exhausted To The Core: This generally only happens after a long stretch of especially hard days. The excessive pain seems to compound the exhaustion and I become physically, mentally and emotionally weak. During these days I'm extra sore when I'm stretching, I can't trust myself to carry anything breakable, I feel like a stiff wind could knock me down and all household tasks feel overwhelming. I truly feel a deep exhaustion that goes to my very core and impacts my entire body.
I'm exhausted all the time so I guess the variety at least keeps things interesting. Then again, it keeps things unpredictable, which is one of the many tortures I am forced to endure. It is what it is.
I bet there are even more types of exhaustion out there. Do you experience other ones?