This is the kind of sleep deprivation that affects your entire body and mind.
There’s no easy fix for this type of problem because chronic sleep deprivation is usually a symptom of a more systematic issue.
Speaking for myself, ever since my oldest (who will be seventeen this coming week) was little, my wife and I have had to sleep with one eye open and our ear to the ground.
In the years since this began, we’ve added to our family, as well as added to the sleep issues. Elliott and Emmett have problems sleeping, even on medication.
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I don’t know if I can honestly remember the last time I went to bed and woke up feeling like I’d slept more than five minutes.
Between my kids being unable to fall asleep and waking up throughout the night, my sleep is always being disturbed. I track my sleep with a special watch, and my sleep is always broken and ineffective. I get up sometimes and don’t even remember doing so because I’m so exhausted.
This has been the case for as long as I can remember but it seems to be hitting me harder lately, and I don’t know why.
When it comes to things like using the treadmill, it’s not that I don’t want to do it. I want to keep moving forward. At the same time, my body just doesn’t have to energy to even push myself to do it.
It sucks, and I know not everyone will understand, but I know some of you will. To those who don’t have the first-hand experience in this area, my goal is to at least help you gain some insight into my Autism parents are always so tired.
To those who live it every single day, I want you to know that you aren’t alone. I want you to know that I get it.