Jamie Boder

Ankylosing Spondylitis Fatigue: How to reduce it

Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms that people with AS experience. This includes Ankylosing Spondylitis, Axial Spondyloarthritis and any other form of Spondyloarthritis. In this blog I share a practice that may help to reduce AS fatigue.

Before reading on, if you would like to learn more about general symptoms of fatigue then I would recommend: The NASS guide to Living with axial SpA (AS) fatigue.

Whilst there are many things we can do to reduce symptoms of fatigue, today I am sharing one thing that has helped me and many of my students with fatigue...

About 4/5 years ago, I discovered a practice called Non Sleep Deep Rest (NSDR).

At the time, I was actually doing some yoga teacher training. Back then I was really struggling with fatigue and I heard about a practice called Yoga Nidra (Yogic Sleep) which is a form of NSDR.

Anyway I was taken through a session, I was VERY sceptical that this practice would help reduce the fatigue I was experiencing.

I was wrong. 30 minutes later after the practice had finished, I felt rested and far less overwhelmed with that heavy constant feeling of fatigue.

Man lying on the floor at home practicing NSDR for fatigue.

I have used it almost daily since then and swear by it. It is not a panacea, but from my experience it helps. Since introducing it to my students many of them have also found it can help to reduce their fatigue levels.

NSDR involves finding a restful position, lying down or any other comfortable position that feels right for you.

NSDR progressively trains the body into a deeply restful state.

You can learn more about NSDR in the video below:

I have also put a Course together on both NSDR and overall AS/axSpA fatigue. Both of which you can try below for 14 days free.
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