I’m seeing a serious problem when Emmett returns from his Mom’s house

I knew last night’s 13 hours of sleep was too good to be without a kick in the gut. At the time of writing, it’s about 2am and Emmett is still wide awake.  I’m so tired and really, really, really want to go to sleep but I can’t…

Emmett’s been doing this on the days he comes home from an overnight stay with his Mom. 

It’s probably just a thing but a problem nonetheless.  In fact, the last few times, he’s not actually gone to bed, following his return home.  I think the record for him at this point is over 36 hours without sleep. 

I don’t think and I’m certainly not suggesting that anyone’s to blame for this.  It’s just the way he’s coping with the change but regardless, it’s a pretty major issue because 36 hours is way to much time to go without sleep for me or him.

I’ve spoken with Dr. Pattie about this and we’re keeping a close eye on him but I’m not sure there’s anything we can do.  We’ve actually spoken a few times about this already.

Emmett doesn’t know why he can’t sleep.  He just can’t sleep.

At this point, it’s looking like another all-nighter and that’s not a good thing for him or me..

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  • Julie Sullivan Relunia

    Meletonin?

    • Absolutely…. I think he just gets too stressed out. His nightmares are about him being killed or eaten alive by wolves. He says that when he’s being eaten alive, he doesn’t wake until he does.

      We’re working on that in therapy…

      • MBee

        Emmett, I only have what I would call bad dreams. Much like your wolves I feel like I only fight in my dreams. Sometimes I am ‘fighting’ a boss who is making bad choices, and sometimes they are worse.

        And I don’t know why. Right now, I don’t even like thinking about dreaming.

        I try not to think about it when I want to fall asleep. I usually have a book I read or I do number puzzles so I can stop when I get sleepy. I make sure I am comfortable and have the perfect pajamas on. I have a dog (her name is Ellie) who lays next to me.

        I often pray but sometimes that is hard too. When it is, I try to name all of the good things that I remember or songs that make me want to smile and dance. I even try to remember what they sound like.

        Some nights it is easier to fall asleep than others, but I wanted you to know that I know what it is like to have BIG, BAD DREAMS. And, I’d guess that you and I aren’t the only ones who have them.

        Sleep tight,
        don’t let the bed bugs bite;
        and if they do,
        squash them with your shoe…