No, PJ Paralysis is not the name of a neurological condition. But it is a real problem. It’s to do with your PJs, and with spending too much time in them!
If you are in hospital, you need to try and get out of bed more often. And get out of your sick person’s uniform – your pyjamas - pop some of your day clothes on instead. ‘Sit up, get dressed, keep moving’ is the motto.
In hospital, just staying lying in bed all the time will actually affect your health for the worse. Your muscles will weaken, you will become frailer, and be more at risk of falls. Lying in bed can affect your digestion too, and make you constipated. And it’s just very depressing. Getting dressed and moving about will reduce your risk of these things. You could shorten your stay in hospital, and you will be better able to cope when you get home.
Don’t worry, nobody is expecting you do any exercises! Even a short walk to the bathroom or to the hospital shop will do you good. If you have problems walking, just ask the staff for something that would help, such as a walking frame. Even just getting out of bed and sitting on a chair when you have visitors will help you too.
Like the song says, “Move on up for a greater day”.
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