Hi Mixed Up Mum,

When my abuser lived here, I was scared to serve up dinner late, I kept the house spotless for fear of being berated and also to try to keep some kind of order in my life with a man who could throw is into chaos at the drop of a hat.

I also think yours is a healthy and understandable rebellion against his dictatorship and – apart from this- your body probably needs the extra rest after your traumatic experience of living with an abuser!

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