There are numerous reasons why you might find yourself confined to your bed for a period of time. The most obvious are those regarding health; an injury or illness that means you have to follow doctor’s orders until you’re back to your best.
The idea of being on bed rest sounds, to the average busy person, pretty ideal. Bed is the space we all love; that we have to reluctantly drag ourselves from every morning, and leave behind when we go to work with a forlorn last longing glance. How could bed rest – staying in bed because you’ve been told to! – ever be a bad thing?
What at first feels like a luxury has a tendency to soon feel stifling. Being confined to a single room becomes boring; you find yourself wanting to get up and about, just see something different. While there is an element of enjoyment to be found in a period of bed rest – especially if you are usually always on the go – it’s not quite so enjoyable when you have to be there.
So if you find yourself in a situation where your life is going to revolve around a bed and not much else for a period of time, here is a simple guide to ensuring you stay comfortable both mentally and physically for the duration.
Whatever it takes; get comfortable. If this means you have to buy enough pillows to feel like you would never need to buy pillows again, then buy them. Actually, you might find that sofa cushions – which have less give, and are thus more supportive – are more comfortable than standard pillows.
If you’re going to need to entertain yourself for long swathes of time, there’s only so much TV you’re going to be able to stand. It’s wise to look right here and choose yourself an overbed table, which you can use as you would a desk. This opens up comfortable laptop usage, as well as giving you the option to write, work crosswords, or just rest your smartphone when you’re feeling sleepy.
One of the biggest issues you may face when it comes to bed rest is the ever-present threat of pressure sores. You need to ensure you’re moving every 20 minutes, alleviating the pressure on any one part of your body. Pressure sores can get painful, fast, so if you notice any discomfort then it might be best to invest in a support pillow to keep them at bay.
While it might seem strange to host company while you’re effectively in a bed, it’s worth battling through the strangeness so you can still see your closest family and friends. You can dress in normal outdoors clothes and use a throw rather than a duvet, to help you feel more presentable and less like someone has disturbed you in your bedroom.
Bed rest is tough, but hopefully by following the above, you’ll be able to get through it with a minimum of boredom and discomfort. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!