Someone asked me a question today and it got me thinking. The question was if any of my kids ever have night terrors? This person was concerned because their ASD has night terrors and they don’t know how to help.
If you have ever experienced your child having a night terror it’s scary and helpless, ASD or not.
A night terror is kinda like a really bad dream that the child is physically acting out. It’s very difficult to wake them from one of these night terrors. In my experience they are very unsettling witness and there was much that I could do but wait it out.
Gavin had horrible night terrors when he was little. I even recorded some to show the doctors because Lizze and I were terrified by these occurrences. He would wake up and start screaming and yelling. It almost looked like he was fighting someone. There was nothing we could do to wake him and they would last for quite a while.
Occasionally, Elliott will have a night terror but nothing like Gavin had. None of my kids have ever ever been caught sleep walking though.
My question is whether or not any of you deal with night terrors or sleep walking? If so, have you found anything that helps? How do you handle it? Does it appear to be ASD related in anyway?
I also want to ask about your experience with Melatonin. We have used it for years. But every so often we have to take a break because it causes them to have nightmares. I have heard this from other parents as well. Do any of you experience anything like this?
Thank you very in advance for your time.