I’m not sure I go a day without mentioning the word exhaustion, somewhere in this blog. The reason for that is because exhaustion plays an enormous role in my life.
One of the reasons I talk about it so much is because it’s one of the many things that people don’t quite understand when it comes to Autism parenting. The level of exhaustion I feel right now is rather extreme.
It always feels like I’m chasing sleep for one reason or another.
Sometimes I’m too stressed out to sleep. Other times, I’m dealing with one or more of my kids being unable to sleep. There are even times when I’m simply too tired to fall asleep. I know how that sounds but it’s what happens.
Most Autism parents probably couldn’t tell you the last time they had a solid eight hours of restful, uninterrupted sleep.
The status quo for my life is always tired.
Even on the days when the kids are at their Grandparents, sleep is sometimes hard to find because we’re wound so tightly, that it’s extremely difficult to relax. By the time we find this mystical place called relaxation, it’s time for the boys to come home.
Despite how it may look from the outsiders perspective, I assume you, the exhaustion is real.