Last night I had the MOST itchy left hand in the world. For a while in the middle of the night it was the most itchy that anything ever could be.
I was awake for what seemed like ages with it and there was no way in the world that I could scratch it enough. In fact if I had scratched any more it would have been red raw.
The sensation was so intense that scratching was not enough, not leaste because I couldn’t do the whole hand at once! I resorted to lying on my hand and trying to squash it with my body weight. When that didn’t work I got Martyn to lie on it but that didn’t work either because I couldn’t stand not being able to get to it.
So the itch is a symptom of my MS. I don’t get it often but when I do it is horrible. I have read up about it and there is nothing you can apply to the skin to stop it. It is a neurological problem rather than anything actually being wrong with the skin.
Suggested solutions are Neurophen or anti histamines but I prefer a more natural approach. I use my Mindfulness to get through it.
Last night I used an exercise that I often use when I first get in bed. Usually I am so tired that I don’t get far through it before I fall asleep. The challenge of sticking with the exercise was certainly increased as my focus was torn away over and over again by my itch!
So if something is pulling for your attention and preventing you from sleeping try this exercise. It works equally well for thoughts as it does for feelings.
Lie however you are most comfortable – for me flat on my back is the best way.
Start with the head. Picture your head sinking deeper into the pillow, allow it to soften and relax.
Then do the same with the shoulders.
Then move down through each body part allowing it to soften and sink a little deeper into the bed.
If you get to the feet and you are still awake then hold your whole body in your attention and see if you can notice any areas that aren’t yet relaxed. Spend more time revisiting the areas that are still holding some tension.
Through the whole itching experience I struggled to stay with the exercise but each time I was torn away I simply brought my attention back to the exercise. Eventually I went back to sleep which at one stage was something I never thought possible. It truely was Meditation to the rescue!
If you could do with a way to resolve drama in the middle of your night then come on a Revitalise Session to get the skills you need. A few simple exercises could set you up to cope with anything.