My 10yr old won't sleep!

Cathie - posted on 02/23/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My 10yr old son has always been a bad sleeper. His main problem is getting to sleep. We have tried modifying his diet to remove preservatives and colours, which has helped, and we have no TV after dinner, to try and not overstimulate him. He has a bedtime routine, and reads before lights out. He is then taking at least 2 hours to go to sleep. I have tried visualisation of safe/quiet places, calm breathing, rubbing/patting his back etc. Nothing seems to help.

He is home from school today because he is exhausted from lack of sleep. It is too mean to send him when he is crying from tiredness, but unless I can get him to sleep better at night, this cycle will continue.

Any suggestions gratefully welcomed! I can't go to sleep to he does, so I'm missing out on beauty sleep too (and I assure you I need it!)

Thanks,
Cathie

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Rachell - posted on 02/27/2011

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Try seeing your GP and ask for phenergon or similar. Do it for about 5 days only to help him learn how to go to sleep. The hospital has help for kids up to around 5yo, so not sure what else to do. He needs to learn techniques for himself. Sounds harsh but he needs to learn how to fall asleep, which sounds easy but how many nights have you layed in bed not being able to switch off to go to sleep? Hope it helps, my sister had a problem with her boy but he had a fear of the dark too. Good luck.

Fiona - posted on 02/25/2011

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How about extending bed time - I know that seems a bit backwards, but it could be that he is too awake at 8 and is then overstimulating himself by reading which is then keeping him up. Maybe allowing him to stay up until 8.30 or 9.00 and then going to bed he will be MORE tired and then less likely to stay awake.
Hth

xxx

Tracey - posted on 02/24/2011

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My Brother was like that and my mom had him tested for ADHD and that was his problem..prob ur son has the same thing wrong w/ him... try getting him tested at a drs and see if thats the result...

Michelle - posted on 02/24/2011

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Your child is likely very intelligent and has a brain that is capable of staying very busy. Busy minds have difficulty shutting down and going to sleep and then the cycle of being so fatigued you can't sleep and not sleeping leading to fatigue just keeps on going. I am a mom of 2 kids and am a trained neurofeedback clinician. I understand how important sleep is and I also understand that our brains need to have enough energy to quiet our minds and allow us to achieve restorative sleep or sleep that is restful. Neurofeedback re-trains the brain so that it better regulates itself and stops wasting energy. I would recommend looking for the nearest neurofeedback provider in your area - you won't regret it. You can try www.centersforsuccess.com and look for a link to the EEG institute for providers near you. Good luck.

Cathie - posted on 02/24/2011

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I usually put him to bed about 8pm and he reads till 9pm. He is supposed to get up at 7.30am in the morning, but has been struggling because he is tired.

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