These early mornings are killing me

These early mornings are killing me.  This time it was Emmett that started things off around 4:30 am.  Elliott eventually woke up and laid in bed watching TV.

Emmett kept coming into our room and trying to get me to wake up as well. 

Lizze and I both tried to get him back to sleep but were ultimately unsuccessful. I don’t have any idea why we’re seeing so many early mornings but something has to give because I already didn’t get enough sleep. 

My other concern is that his sleep cycle will sorta mold to this new pattern. 

Emmett lives his life in patterns and once he’s set in a certain pattern, it’s difficult to get him to move to something else. 

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Tammymcgann

Lost and Tired  Tammymcgann 
Because she was essentially
bed-ridden and spent a great deal of her time sleeping out of sheer boredom, it
gave her body a chance to grow. A “chance” that her petite Italian
brothers were not afforded. I never forgot that story. Decades later, it impressed
upon me the importance of sleep, ESPECIALLY for our children with cognitive
disabilities.  So I will do whatever it takes to ensure my son sleeps for AT LEAST 10 HOURS PER NIGHT, but only upon the recommendations of his psychiatrist.

Tammymcgann

Lost and Tired  Tammymcgann
I don’t mean to keep replying and replying, but this is something I know
first-hand (and I apologize if I’m repeating this story!): I once worked with
an Italian woman who was 5’4″ (didn’t even SLIGHTLY look Italian, but
nonetheless . . .). I overheard her telling the other secretaries in the office
that she was the tallest one in the family, including her brothers. And she
believes it’s due to the fact that when she was a young child, she (for
whatever reason) had to wear a full-body cast for months on end (this woman was
no spring chicken, so I’m guessing this was normal protocol during the late
1950’s, early 1960’s.).

Tammymcgann

Lost and Tired  Tammymcgann “Rumor has it” that a LOW DOSE of Clonidine (0.1 mg tabs) is great for helping children FALL to sleep, but it won’t prevent them from waking up in the middle of the night, READY TO GO FOR THE DAY!  So the addition of Trazodone (50 mg tabs) has helped “some children” sleep through the night.  But that dynamic duo is only effective if there aren’t any other medications to interfere with its magical properties.

Tammymcgann

Lost and Tired  Tammymcgann I’m providing you with the following information on behalf of a friend (since our case with DCF is still VERY much open), and my friend feels your pain.  She says that every time her son’s psychiatrist increases his dosage of ADHD/Anxiety Disorder medication, she finds that her son’s sleep medications become increasingly ineffective.  It’s very, very hard for her to strike a balance. and she works closely with her son’s psychiatrist to find a solution.  Since her son also suffers from chronic sinus infections, it’s hard for her to determine whether he’s consistently waking up almost every night at 2:30 or 3:30 am because of sinus infections symptoms (HIGHLY UNLIKELY, but she can’t rule it out for sure), or whether her son’s sleep medications need to be increased.  (to be continued)

Lost and Tired

Tammymcgann Our boys get Melatonin and Benadryl at bedtime.  Benadryl is the only thing that works for  their allergies so that’s what our allergist has them taking.  Both help them fall asleep.  It’s just been recently that they have been waking up.  
Not sure what’s going on with that but it may be becoming a habit.  Thanks for the suggestion. 🙂

Tammymcgann

If left to his own devices, Jack would go to bed at around 11:00 pm and wake up at around 4:00 am.  His psychiatrist has prescribed Clonidine (helps Jack FALL to sleep) and Trazodone (helps Jack sleep through the night).  This combination has been A LIFE-SAVER.  We give Jack his meds at 7:00 pm.  He ASKS to go to bed at around 7:45 pm, then sleeps til around 7:00 am the next morning.  Doesn’t wake up groggy or anything.  Maybe something to look into.  🙂

Devin Smith

I don’t know if it will help, but there are clocks that change colors according to whatever time you set it to, and they light up. When the clock’s light is red, you have to stay in bed, when the clock’s light turns green, you can get up. the visual might help? Good luck. I hope it gets better!

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