LEADEN

Dear Ella and Suse,
I can't seem to get moving in the morning. Whether I sleep well or not, I feel drugged and have a horrible time getting up. I like my job so it's not like I'm dreading going there. This also happens on the weekends.... I'm 41 but feel like a teenager who sleeps in so late.
Sometimes I'm not even going back to sleep but I just feel so leaden and unable to move.
Yours,
Leaden
Dear Leaden,
Thank your stars you are not weighed down by an umbrella of fat like Malcolm Ede in Bed by David Whitehouse. When he was 25, Ede decided to simply remain in his bed, and never go to work, deal with love issues, take any responsibilities for himself - and actually, his mother looked after him, for the next couple of decades. During this time, he grew larger and larger until he spilled over the bed. And then they had to knock a wall down to accomodate the flesh.
Reading Malcolm's story will make you feel incredibly glad to have the use of your legs. 
Shock yourself with this treatment into joining an outdoor swimming club - then go wild swimming first thing in the morning. Be the opposite of a Malcolm Ede, and feel the blood pumping through your veins as your skin hits the icy shock of water. If appropriate, find a Finnish lover who will introduce you to the joys of the sauna, followed by the ritual naked swim. In your sauna, read Maya's Notebook by Isabel Allende, which portrays the life of a young woman who goes off the rails, then lives for a time as a kind of modern day vagabond. You may find yourself tempted to make your bed less comfortable; try sleeping in different parts of your house,- staying over with friends on ther sofas - sleeping in a hammock or a barn...always making sure you have "Bed" nearby to remind you of your potential fate.
Yours,
Suse and Ella 
We prescribe - Bed by David Whitehouse
Maya's Notebook by Isabel Allende

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