So tired

by adustyframe ~ May 23rd, 2008

Lee is so tired right now. He’s not used to being awake all day long.

When he was in prison, he used sleeping as a coping mechanism.

His sleep habits were partially due to depression. It was so much easier for him to sleep the day away rather than thinking about everything that weighed on his mind.

He also said he slept a lot to avoid confrontations with people. He said that being in the common room was a good way to get into a fight. Other inmates wanted to pick fights over ridiculous things and Lee didn’t want to be any part of that. He also said that the guards seemed to be on the case of anyone in the common areas. He didn’t care for feeling like  a target.

So he slept.

I don’t blame him. This burden of incarceration made me incredibly tired and sometimes all I could do was sleep.

Now that he has to be awake all day, he can hardly make it. We laugh about it. He says he feels like he’s an old man that needs his nap.

When I called him tonight, he said, “Guess how long I was back here before I took a nap?”

I couldn’t guess so he said, “Less than 5 minutes.”

Schedule changes are an adjustment for anyone, but he’ll make it. He just needs a few more naps.


5 Thoughts Shared to So tired

  1. TransitionGirl

    nothing wrong with a few more naps. 🙂

  2. Susan

    Dear Lizzie, I wonder if all the decision making is exhausting too? God bless all of you, I hope you are able to rest too. In prayer, Susan

  3. Jenn

    I agree – Susan makes a good point. All the new decisions, transitions, schedules. It’s all very stressful and, well, tiring. Nothing wrong with an afternoon nap. I still require mine chasing after a 2 and 4 year old all day long. (I firmly subscribe to the “sleep when your baby sleeps” advice!) Things will get better for Lee soon.

  4. Pam

    Have you been able to share your blog with Lee yet….I would think he would be very proud of you and find comfort in knowing others pray for him and his family….maybe he would like to contribute to a post or two???
    God Bless, Pam, South Bend

  5. Lisa

    I, too suffer depression. EXERCISE will really help as will zoloft or prozac. Make sure he gets outdoors in natural light as much as possible and drink lots of water. It’s a huge adjustment as you know and the number of decisions to be made can bring you to total withdraw from life. When he is able, couseling will really help this. I’m a “depression sleeper” and can sleep for days when I’m really, really down. I take my meds and that pretty much takes care of it now. My son is a depression NON-sleeper which is almost worse since he cannot escape from his worries. I am really, really praying on this for you guys.

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