Ruby - posted on 11/25/2011 ( 43 moms have responded )
I have a 4 yr old severely autistic and completely nonverbal son. He used to ssleep very well until maybe 3 yrs old. Then he started having sleep problems which got worse each month. For example, last night he was dead tired around 6 pm but couldn't really fall asleep till about midnight!! I He then woke up at 2:30 am then went back to sleep in 10 min. Was awake again at 4:30 am but couldn't go back to sleep till 9 am and then finally woke up at noon!!! Ofcourse he missed school was cranky all day and I am going absolutely crazy.
Tried melatonin cause I feel he is still too young to be taking actual medication. I am using the liquid melatonin and started him off at 0.5 ml and increased it till 1.5 ml. whatever the dosage is it helps go to sleep pretty quickly BUT HE DOESN'T STAY ASLEEP!!!
I don't know should I be increasing the dose? I am so scared it would give him nightmares as I am suspecting he already has nightmares and thats why he keeps waking up.
Can anyone help?? My whole family is sleep deprived and we are in shambles!!