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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Aspergers and Losing Sleep

Yesterday I took Chaz to a doctor to figure out his sleeping issues.  Chaz does NOT go to sleep easy which means I don't sleep either.  He's the last one to fall asleep and the first one to wake up.  I know that doesn't help how he functions during the day.  I also got the good news that he's started to go into all the puberty stuff.  Yayyyyyyyy..... lol.  No seriously, I bet you know how Aspergers and hormones all mix together.  I have an emotional kid on my hands.  I've never seen his emotions go so crazy like this and he gets upset easier.  Well, I wanted to at least solve one issue.  The doctor and I talked about Melatonin but I had just read some things on it and wasn't so sure.  I have never given my kids medicine just to put them to sleep so I made sure to talk with doctor first.

Is Melatonin Sabotaging Your Sleep?

Well, the doctor recommended that since he has allergies to go ahead and give him Benadryl.  Why didn't I think of that before?  It'll help his allergies and help give him better rest at night.  I only gave him half of one pill though to start out and he slept very well last night for the first time.  Yay for mommy and yay for Chaz.  I'm crossing my fingers that this will help him concentrate better on his school work during the day.  I'm also hoping for us both to get better rest at night.  :D  



Gavin Bollard said...

It's a pretty common thing for children and adults with Asperger's syndrome to have difficulty sleeping.

I sleep very well (now) that I have children - but "very well" for me means about 5.5 hours per day.

It's not something that we can do a whole lot about... and it doesn't matter as much as you probably think that it does.

Growing Tween said...

I hear you! Sleep is really important and vital for me..and I realize that everyone has different patterns and needs so it's not easy to find a balance for six people in one house. Does he have his own activities he can work on while you're asleep: puzzles, sketch book, pipe cleaners? It may work to put a 'surprise' box under his bed each night (containing things you already have around the house) for him to work on until you wake up? Let you get a little more rest in the mornings...just an idea that's worked in our house.

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