Difficult Time going to Sleep...

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Registered: 02-10-2005
Difficult Time going to Sleep...
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Mon, 07-14-2008 - 1:18am

My son has never slept very well and I'm just realizing that maybe this has to do with SID. He has not been officially diagnosed, but definitely shows many, many of the signs.

We've always let him read himself to sleep, so he's used to that, but more recently he seems extremely restless every night. I thought maybe it was the typical 8yr old, trying to stay up late thing, however, the other night he slept with me and he was just as restless. He becomes rather distressed to where he complains of being hot, hurting legs, scratchy bedding and general tossing and turning. I've tried everything to soothe him and he really just seems so worked up every night. It's like he's desperately tired, but can't calm down.

Does anyone else have a child who does this? What do you do to calm him? He's tried bathes and no tv after a certain hour, but he is still up until 11 p.m. or later on many evenings.

Thanks for the help!

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Sat, 07-26-2008 - 3:49pm

You are going to think these are extreme, but they were answers to us.

Tonsils and adenoids. He had sleep apnea, but we had no idea how bad. He had his tonsils and adenoids out this winter. Now he sleeps quietly and far more soundly. He also wakes up happier!

Melatonin. We use this especially in the summer and spring when the body clock is just not ready for bed. I've learned to give it to him right after our last book. Then he is able to fall asleep far better on his own.

The heavy blanket works for us. Usually I just go in and take it off now that he is not restless/

What about a fan in the room. It would keep him cooler and provide some background noise.

With school starting around the corner (depending on where you live) I would recommend figuring out and practicing your routine now! It will make the first few weeks of school much easier.

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Registered: 09-26-2007
Thu, 07-24-2008 - 10:29pm

Brushing, an OT tool, the brushes look and feel like the brushes they use to wash our babies hair in the hospital. I go up and down an arm (all the way around the arm) abou 10 times, then his back, then the other arm.


Push/pulling, take his little fingers and gently pull out on a finger 3 times, then push it straight back in 3 times, do all five fingers then the wrist, elbow, and then press down on his shoulders. Another thing we learned in OT.


I also have Simon lay on his back and put his feet on the floor so his knees are bent. Then I just push on his knees.... all this deep presure in his joints really settles him down.


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Wed, 07-23-2008 - 10:41pm

Thanks for the response. What do you mean by brush and finger push/pull? That's interesting that you mentioned your son liking to be bundled in heavy blankets. That's DS sleeps every night, but he does complain of being hot. He likes the weight of the bedding, but not the heat. He also snores a LOT, but his problem more lately is getting to sleep. He used to wake often in the middle of the night and he'd then read or listen to quiet music. Now, he just can't unwind.

Thanks again for the help! : )

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Wed, 07-23-2008 - 9:47pm

Simon genarally sleeps o.k. but when he is over stimulated at bed time we brush, finger push/pulls, stretching might be really good for your son. try finding material thats doesnt bother him and then maybe weight him. Another thing I do with Simon when hes restless is put heavier/extra blankets on him or pack heavy stuffed animals on him.


Hope something here will be helpful, how is your sons breathing? Simon sounds like he has sleep apnia, it causes him to be restless sometimes. ~love my red

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