About Sleepytime

Sleepytime books cover. A Mercy Johnson Novel by Reita Pendry. Blue background with a picture of a white school bus/prison bus and the yellow tape outline of a body on the ground.Sleepy LeBlanc suffers from a sleep disorder, narcolepsy, which causes him to sleep at the wrong times and in the wrong places. He falls asleep in the men’s dressing room of a department store.

After closing time, security guards find him, surrounded by clothing with price tags still on. He is arrested and charged with burglary. His uptown lawyer refuses to explain his condition at his trial, and he is wrongly convicted. In prison, he is assigned to the work crew. The crew boss allows him to sleep on the prison bus. One day he is awakened by a guard, who tells him that the crew boss has been murdered and the prisoners have all escaped. So begins his worst nightmare—the FBI agent assigned to investigate the prison guard’s murder believes Sleepy knows about the crime. He is trying to make a career leap, and to use Sleepy to get up the ladder.

Once the escaped prisoners are caught, they set about to enforce a code of silence with threats against Sleepy’s family, and with attempts to burn his cell and poison him. Sleepy is ensnared in the political ambitions of the FBI agent and the fears of the prison gang of a murder prosecution. Sleepy’s best friend in prison, his ex-wife, and a young prison psychologist work to save him. His sleep disorder proves to be both a curse and a tool to gain his freedom.

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By way of background, for readers of Sleepytime, here is a description of Sleepy’s affliction:

Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder. Symptoms are excessive daytime sleepiness, sudden loss of muscle tone, called cataplexy, sleep paralysis and hallucinations. Symptoms usually begin sometime between ages 10 and 25. People with narcolepsy fall asleep without warning, anywhere, anytime. These narcolepsy sleep attacks, or irresistible bouts of sleep, can last from seconds to several minutes. In severe cases, the attacks can last much longer.

Research has shown that low levels of a brain chemical called hypocretin are present in people who suffer narcolepsy. There is no cure for narcolepsy. Medications, including stimulants, are prescribed to control the symptoms.

What is Narcolepsy, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke – http://www.ninds.nih.gov/

Diseases and Conditions, Narcolepsy, Mayo Clinic, www.mayoclinic.org/diseases.

Narcolepsy and Sleep, National Sleep Foundation, www.sleepfoundation.org.