Any other kids have sleep issues?

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Any other kids have sleep issues?
Sat, 04-26-2003 - 10:44pm
My 7yo ds (PDDNOS) only sleeps around 8-9 hours each night, usually closer to 8 hours. He also wakes up between 4am and 5am, everyday, regardless of what time he goes to bed. I've tried putting him down earlier, later, everything. I hope someone out there knows what I'm talking about! Thanks, Christine
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Mon, 04-28-2003 - 1:35pm
Wow! Thanks for making my life seem like a breeze!
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Sun, 04-27-2003 - 5:17pm
Yup yup, I know where you're coming from on that one. My youngest ASD kiddo (Eva ASD, 3) has always woken up between 3am and 4am no matter what. It didn't seem out of the ordinary when she was an infant and toddler, but now that she's a pre-schooler it kinda sticks out. LOL. All my other kids were sleeping through the night by this time. Of course, it probably sticks out more to me now because I also have a 4 mo dd who is up from 1am to 3am every night. So as soon as I get one back down the other wakes up.

It was getting really hard for me with not getting enough sleep of my own. I have 7 kids total (one is a foster kid) and I homeschool all of them. Plus I work from home. So the sleep deprivation was really taking it's toll. DH and I recently started taking turns standing 'fire watch' with the younger ones. This way I get to sleep every other night, LOL. But at least I'm getting some.

My oldest ASD kiddo (Ayla PDD) doesn't wake up in the middle of the night, but she does have a set number of hours her body will let her sleep in one shot. 7 hours max. She's 12 so it isn't so bad anymore. But she used to be a crabby patty with legs when she was a little younger and needed the extra sleep.

You're not alone on this one.


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Sat, 04-26-2003 - 11:46pm
Welcome Christine!

I can relate to the sleep thing also. Tim (PDD-and ADHD) is the same

way. No matter how late he's up, He will still be up at 5:30 or 6 each

morning, even on weekends. If he's up late, it will be

a hard day because he's so tired, yet wired in a sense.

This Time change has REALLY got us. He's been up til 10:30 for the

last week or so. He used to be asleep by 8:30 every night.

there was the occasion late night if he got his meds

even 5 minutes later than he usually gets them it would throw the

whole night off. He'd be up late, then wake early the next day.

Before we got his meds regulated he hardly slept at night at all.

I got to where I really didn't have any "me" time because

the minute the kids crashed, I did too. Even if it was just

Recently I've fallen asleep before he did.

I hope you find a way to get some rest. It sure is hard to

be a mommy when we are tired ourselves.


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Sat, 04-26-2003 - 11:25pm
Tristan(PDDNOS) doesn't really sleep too little, but he WILL wake up at the same almost-exact time every morning, regardless of what time he goes to bed. He's always been that way - and he'll be 7yo in a couple weeks. He wakes between 6:30 and 7 every morning, doesn't matter if he went to bed normal at 8pm, as early as 6pm, or even as late as midnight (4th of July, for ex.). No matter, he still wakes at the same time. I know a few summers ago, while my hubby was at sea, I used that to my advantage - I would run the kids ragged all day, then put them to bed between 6:30 and 7 at night, just so I could get some "me" time.......and they would sleep for 12hrs!!

In fact, Tristan crashed in the chair this evening right around 6pm tonight, and I am pretty sure he will sleep thru the night without a problem. Then again, he fell asleep early tonight because of the weather - his moods are VERY weather related lately. Sunny day, and he is happy, bubbly, great to be around. Overcast and rainy, like today, and he is argumentative, sad, miserable, and gererally angry and mopey. Thankfully, he is finally learning to listen to his body, because on his "down" days, he does tend to just hit the sack early. Sheesh, that only took about 7yrs for him to master! ROFL ;)

So, while Tristan sleeps for longer amounts of time (and hey, 8hrs is still waaaaaaaay more than most adults get, so it sounds like your ds is doing pretty good!!), I can relate to the strict time of waking. So, you're not entirely alone on this!! LOL