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Do you have days where you wake up and just feel like hell?

Asked by Shippy (9870points) January 7th, 2013

You feel washed out, half dead. tired. Like you are ill but you are not?

Ever get those days? What do you do to feel better?

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elbanditoroso's avatar

Nah, usually it takes about a half hour before I feel like hell.

mrentropy's avatar

That’s usually how I feel when I wake up. Within a few minutes I’m right as rain, though.

ucme's avatar

My granny used to call this “feeling like death warmed up.”
Can’t say i’ve ever felt this way myself though.

Shippy's avatar

@ucme Yes, I remember my mother saying you look peeky today. I haven’t heard that term in ages. It is such a good one.

bookish1's avatar

Yep. When my blood sugar is super high when I wake up, I definitely feel like death warmed over.
Sometimes I wake up feeling down or despairing with no apparent cause. I try to catch myself before it poisons my thoughts for the whole day. I’ll drink a ton of caffeine, try to watch something funny and get myself laughing, and eat a good breakfast and maybe go work out or at least go for a fast walk to try to change my mental state.

marinelife's avatar

Sure. I try to exercise.

burntbonez's avatar

Usually when I haven’t gotten any sleep the night before and something seriously wrong is bothering me. Of course, since something is wrong, I have to get up to try to do something about it.

Aethelwine's avatar

Yes, usually after a restless night. I try to get a nap if possible, otherwise it’s extra coffee for me.

Pachy's avatar

Oh yes, absolutely. And as I’ve gotten older, it tends to happen more often. It can be physical, mental, or both, and it’s drag. Always reminds me of the old joke about old people: enjoy waking up, it’s the best you’ll feel all day.

How do I deal with it? On days I have to go to work, I simply get up and “push through.” A hot shower always helps. On days I don’t have to go to work, I stay in bed and sleep till I wake up.

blueiiznh's avatar

Very rarely, but when I do, I just get up and into the routine.
Move your way through it. Don’t let it pull you down.

wundayatta's avatar

When that happens, it almost always means I’m depressed. I don’t want to get out of bed.

But I have an instant cure: children. I know I have to get up for my children and my wife. So far, that has always been sufficient motivation, even on days when I’ve wanted to die. God knows what will happen when the kids leave home.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

I feel like that most mornings right now, because my bed mattress is killing me. After my 30 minutes of “me time” in the mornings, which involves 2 cups of coffee, 4 cigarettes, and a few fun games on the iPad, I start to feel better.

Then, there are those days like you describe where I feel like death warmed over all damn day.

El_Cadejo's avatar

DO NOT talk to me for the first hour or so when I wake up. I almost always feel like shit and have a horrible attitude. After I’ve had some time to wake up I start to feel more normal though. Some days though it just persists all day(generally when my back pain is acting up) Yeaaaa I’m definitely not a morning person.

bossob's avatar

I think that morning is the absolute best, most invigorating time of the day. It just comes too damn early. I’m not a morning person (grumpy, irritable, etc), but I so enjoy the early morning outdoor environment, that I force myself to rise early to enjoy it. I usually feel like hell when I rise, for a variety of reasons, but the clean, crisp air, birds singing, and beautiful sky help me snap out of it. On an overcast, rainy morning…I’m a bastard the rest of the day.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

the past couple of days have been like that
i am feeling lots of anxiety over upcoming papers
but it might be a sign of something more, something worse

ZEPHYRA's avatar


Shippy's avatar

I think being mentally ill doesn’t help. Meaning Bipolar, I can never work out, if I am really not well or whether it is a psychological Malaise. It feels really physical. Specially today.

diavolobella's avatar

Yes, mostly when I didn’t get enough sleep the night before, but sometimes I just wake up in a testy mood. To help get over it, I mainly try to be nice to myself. Take things as slow as I can (and as work will allow), have a cup of tea, try to just breathe evenly, stay sort of quiet and calm, mentally give myself a little pat on the head and tell myself “this will pass.” If you can get little breaks just to be alone during the day (even if it’s in the bathroom), take them. Mostly cut yourself some slack, because it happens to us all.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

^^ The friggin’ pancake bunny has returned, and now my day is AWESOME!

diavolobella's avatar

@WillWorkForChocolate Careful, or you will put me in a good mood. ;)

Shippy's avatar

@diavolobella Thanks great advice :)

YARNLADY's avatar

Very rarely, when I wake up sick. I either go back to sleep, like today, or I get up and take a shower. Today, I slept until 2:30 because I have a very bad cold/flu.

Aethelwine's avatar

Hope you feel better soon @YARNLADY. I’ve heard the flu is really bad this year.

woodcutter's avatar

If I overdid myself with work or some other thing the day before I will be really sore and prolong moving because I know it’s going to hurt bad. Usually I can hold out until my bladder forces me to pull myself up. I built a handicap grab rail for my side of the bed which I use to help me up or down. Those things are hella expensive at Home Depo and mine is just as good.
After I get up and move around it all works itself out usually. My dogs come in and jump up next to me in the rack sometimes for morning bed / coffee drinking time.
It helps to have all my clothes laid out the night before to cut down on the chaos, the coffee maker set to go, medications all ready in a 35mm film case with a bike bottle on the stand. When these little things are ready it sets the tone for the rest of the day. It’s good to have a routine that works first thing in the morning even if the pain snaps me awake at 3:30 am. That’s when the day starts sometimes so I have to roll with it. Pretty much ensures I’ll be ready for a nap around 2 pm and my pooch loves those.

nofurbelowsbatgirl's avatar

I feel like this all the time. I’m 35 almost everyday I feel like what I believe would be 80. Nothing helps me, nothing works for me. I exercise and eat right, drink water, get enough sleep and get outside everyday. I’m not sure what else to do. :/

Ela's avatar

Nope. Not even if I’m sick (which I rarely am). I try to get 6–7 hrs of sleep a night.
I mostly just wake up tired and crawl in and out of bed a few times before getting up for the day.

blueiiznh's avatar

The past two days have been like that.
I put my pants on two legs at a time like always and just went out and moved through my day.

nofurbelowsbatgirl's avatar

Did I mention I’m still feeling like hell? Ya, I don’t think that’s ever going to stop, at least I haven’t figured it out.

Shippy's avatar

@nofurbelowsbatgirl I’ve been thinking over this question, and what you said. The phrase ‘Pale and Wan’ came to mind. When I Googled it, it seems there is such a thing as Pale and Wan people. I’m not pale, but I can get very pale when I am wan. When I look back over my life I realize that, I have often just not felt well. Yet I am still alive so clearly it wasn’t anything real, or fatal. And if it keeps coming back or hangs around, why am I not ill? This is probably making no sense to you at all. But in my mind it does. I have Bipolar so I am guessing this has afflicted me my whole life and this is a symptom of it? I have no idea.

nofurbelowsbatgirl's avatar

@Shippy It makes perfect sense. I also have bi polar. But I suppose I don’t just feel like hell, I’m not sure if you get this but most days my body hurts and I have strange episodic symptoms, which have been happening since I was 25 when I had a stroke like episode, which went away and my doctor said I had sleep apnea! (wtf?) It literally feels like my body is shutting down. My doctor is also an idiot :/

woodcutter's avatar

Try to have something important to do every day big or small. Even if they really aren’t important in the grand scheme of things try to make them that way. Pat yourself on the back when you do these things well, or at least the best you can.

Shippy's avatar

@nofurbelowsbatgirl Maybe it is BP then. My body hurts too, I get off color and tired quickly. Then I have an OK day or a few hours of being OK. I think BP gets worse as you get older so maybe so does my pale and wan!

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Today appears to be one of those days. Woke up at 4 AM with a splitting migraine and feel miserable. Somebody come over and get my kids ready for school, then do the dishes and laundry please.

Aethelwine's avatar

@WillWorkForChocolate I’ll help! It’s amazing what a good 8 hours of sleep will do for a person. I don’t understand how tired I can feel with 7 hours, but 8 hours makes me feel like Wonder Woman. I’ll fly right over! (hope you feel better soon. I really wish I could help. I get migraines with aura now and then. it sucks)

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