Problems sleeping?

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Registered: 07-20-2002
Problems sleeping?
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Fri, 02-26-2010 - 12:55pm

Well, maybe problem wouldn't be the right word, since it isn't a "problem" really....

They all go to bed at 7:30pm and read until 8pm. Nicole(11yrs) doesn't make it to 8pm...she is always asleep well before then. She shares a room with Hailey(9 yrs),and when I go in at 8pm I kiss them both good night and turn the lights off. Hailey generally goes to sleep fairly quickly after that.

Then I go to Matthews7 yrs old) room and tell him he has his extra five minutes. In reality, that is code for "go ahead and reorganize/look at your stuff until you fall asleep and I'll come in and turn off the light once you are asleep" LOL. It works. The girls don't realize he is up later than them,and he doesn't fight bedtime. However, he has been up LATE lately...up to midnight some nights. Last night was 10pm. He isn't distressed by this. He isn't coming out of his room. He is perfectly content, as far as I know. I have in the past used melatonin, but....

is it a big deal? Is there some reason this could be an issue later on? I hesitate to give him melatonin if it is a non issue...

He is happy...like...happy all the time kinda kiddo...anxiety is massive for him(he has to have things in every crack in his room...clothes or stuffed animals or books line his bed, the floor along his closet door etc, hates leaving his room if it is dark in the hall), so obviously I want to make sure he isn't just panicking in there at night, but he likely won't tell me....even if I asked.

He may just need less sleep than most kids.

Kelly, single mom to


N, 11 years old, Bipolar, ADHD, Anxiety Disorder, Sensory Regulatory Disorder,Non Verbal Learning Disorder, Developmental Coordination Disorder, Complex Partial Epilepsy,Verbal Working Memory Impairment.


H, 9 yrs, Very active. And very typical too LOL!


M, 7 yrs, Anxiety Disorder, PDD NOS.


Kelly, single mom to


N, 11 years old, Bipolar, ADHD, Anxiety Disorder, Sensory Regulatory Disorder,Non Verbal Learning Diso

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Registered: 06-25-2003
In reply to: nhmmom
Fri, 02-26-2010 - 2:24pm

I've been giving Peter melatonin for years. We started with a low dose: just .5mg. When he got bigger (he is 11) we raised it to 1mg. We haven't had a lick of bother with it.

Melatonin is the chemical your body produces naturally to fall asleep. I believe there are some theories that some ASD people don't produce enough of it.

-Paula

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-Paula

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Registered: 07-20-2002
In reply to: nhmmom
Fri, 02-26-2010 - 3:49pm

I have used Melatonin for my two before. I am just uncertain if it is necessary, or if him falling asleep later is just something to accept as part of who he is. Is there some reason I shouldn't just accept it? He isn't overtired. If anything, it is nice to not have him waking me up at 4am LOL.

Actually, thinking about it..maybe I need Melatonin LOL...I generally go to bed midnight or 1am ish, and get up at 6:30am LOL

Kelly, single mom to


N, 11 years old, Bipolar, ADHD, Anxiety Disorder, Sensory Regulatory Disorder,Non Verbal Learning Disorder, Developmental Coordination Disorder, Complex Partial Epilepsy,Verbal Working Memory Impairment.


H, 9 yrs, Very active. And very typical too LOL!


M, 7 yrs, Anxiety Disorder, PDD NOS.


Kelly, single mom to


N, 11 years old, Bipolar, ADHD, Anxiety Disorder, Sensory Regulatory Disorder,Non Verbal Learning Diso