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.
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: