sleeping problems

Tammy - posted on 03/21/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Hi, do any of you moms have problems getting your adhd child to stay asleep at night?? My six year old has never slept a wohle night through since he was born, it is exhausting, just wanted to know if anyone has any advice for better sleep? Tammy Milligan Albany Oregon..

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Phyllis - posted on 03/24/2009

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Wow! I though t we were the only ones! My son sleeps 3 - 4 hours a night and once or twice per month will go on "wake-a-thons" that last 24 to 48 hours....all the meds tried help him go to sleep, but nothing helps him STAY asleep. My doctor told us to stay away from Melatonin because if given before puberty can cause severe problems in the reproductive system in later years. (my boy is 5)

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Julie - posted on 06/26/2011

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Dear Tammy ADHD children very rarely sleep through however you can train them that after a certain time they have to stay in their rooms and listen to their relaxation cds or with a small light read a book I had two ADHD children more than any other child they thrive on routine a 4 hour sleep is considered a good night my girls cat napped 15 minutes even in the 15 minute sleep they were still moving about in their sleep my girls are now mums themselves now thankfully only one Grandchild so far as ADHD however my daughter deals with him as she as seen all her life how I dealt with children with this and other conditioned its also a frame of mind these children are not a problem their a challenge as soon as you see your children have problems the problems will get worse if you think they have challenges you will very quickly get through each challenge please find out which additives or perservative affect the children and how and take the additives out of the diet that they react badly two however please make sure they have a vitamin supplement suppliment if you can't find a replacement they don't react to. Please don's resort to drugs until all other avenue's have been exhausted ask you doctor for a sleep study
this will help you find out the true sleep pattern of your child. and always remember to remove all stimulation away except for the relaxation music a bedroom should be calm and for sleep only. It takes time and patience however it will be worth it in the end also stop beating yourself up and try and get help so that you can get at least 4 hours sleep a day while someone entertains also
join in the ADHD support groups America is usually a lot more advanced with support groups however we do have groups here run by other parents with ADHD/aspergers/aspraxia their is a group on here as well hun the first rule is YOU MUST TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF FIRST IT IS NOT SELFISH WITHOUT YOU WHO WILL CARE FOR YOUR SPECIAL CHILD SO BE KIND TO YOURSELF. If you want to contact me either via e-mail or snailpost as a penfriend I will try and help you sometimes its just nice to talk to someone who understands what your going through. my e-mail is ameythestwitch@live.co.uk your more than welcome I have penfriends all over the worl both e-friends and snail post.

with love and light Julie

Pamela - posted on 03/24/2009

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My son has a very hard time settling down at night too. Part of this could be that his meds wear off in the afternoon and he is pretty peppy in the evenings! :) I found that making a routine and doing it every night helps. I do a warm bath, I read him a story and then he reads a story. I play music for him and he usually falls asleep within an hour and 90% of the time stays asleep. Hope this helps.

Rabecca - posted on 03/24/2009

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I don't understand is he overwheight or under ?As far as what my doctor has told me it is perfectly okay for any person or child to take and you may want to just go to a local health food store and talk with someone there because some doctors do not want to suggest something all natural they just don't "practice in that kind area so some may not know these type of things that could very well. it has total changed my views on bedtimes we have not seen anytype of side effects other than positive ones

Doriss - posted on 03/24/2009

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Quoting Tara:



My child also had ADHD and really never slept a full night of sleep till the age of 7. I basically had to change her entire diet and cut out alot of sugar , red dye, caffenine and just about all junk food and she finally started sleeping thru the night.





 



I think this is true....I truly believe that diet has a lot to do with sleeping patterns (and many other things)...I have cut out alot of things that may cause insomnia or restlessness - and it works. I also keep him as physically active as I can before bedtime - so all that extra energy is wasted.

Doriss - posted on 03/24/2009

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My son is 12, and we have struggled w/ sleeping since he was diagnosed w/ ADHD in 1999. I have to admit it becomes a battle at times because he WILL get up for ANY reason...and he'll do it over & over again...I have not found the answer to my prayers but I know that routine, structure and consistency have worked best for me...he is in bed at the same time every night (even if he's 12) and he gets everything he needs prior to going to bed..(I tell him if he forgets something i.e water, special pillow, whatever) he will not be able to get it that night. Costant reminding of his bedtime rules, and whenever he gets up (which happens frequently) we walk him right back in the room, we don't listen to stories or nonsense after bedtime...we remind him unless its an emergency he has nothing to tell us after bedtime. (I think after 10+ years of doing it this way - he finally gets it...) he has become very used to his routine and KNOWS that I will stand strong and not budge...so he just does it. (I know it can sound a little cold but I have had better results with this type of structure than anything else. Every child is different - Good Luck.

Tara - posted on 03/24/2009

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My child also had ADHD and really never slept a full night of sleep till the age of 7. I basically had to change her entire diet and cut out alot of sugar , red dye, caffenine and just about all junk food and she finally started sleeping thru the night.

Lori - posted on 03/23/2009

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We've always had sleep issues, too.  I have found that a very set routine bedtime after a warm shower works wonders.  My son always listens to his ipod and enjoys mood lighting from his lava lamp.  The lamp seems to mesmerize him and before he knows it he's fast asleep.  We've used some form of mood lighting in his room since he was very young.  He's now 11 and it still seems to work.  As for sleeping pills, my doctor recommended trying non-habit forming Benadryl.  Occasionally we use it and it really helps on long trips in the car.

Kathy - posted on 03/23/2009

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My Dr told me not to use Malatonin because of my son's weight, but we battle every night. He is up by 3am.

Rabecca - posted on 03/23/2009

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My son has never been a sleeper, never once did he fall asleep in the car as toddler or pass out in public becase it was nap time and well nap time went out the window about 1and a half because if he took a nap he would fall asleep at one or two in the morning> thoght my friends were so lucky because there little kids would fall asleep on the floor while playing. Bedtime at our house was an endless battle all night of get back to bed and you already gave me a kiss . but about 6 months ago we changed meds. and at that time the doctor suggested melatonin and it has helped so much I actually go check on now because I am not used to my kid falling asleep within the frist hour after bed time it's crazy and I am lovin it not to mention the difference in his behavior during the school day he is well rested and just because of that can control himself in a better manner I think you should give it a try is all natural and you can check with your doctor but I never seen a side effect except for a sleeping kid and my sanity back after 8 years

Marie - posted on 03/22/2009

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My 10 year old never slept more then a couple min here and there threw out the night from the day he was born till he was 6. We tried everything he was so dark under his eyes he looked sick. Finally the doctor put him on sleeping pills and still to this day he can not go a night with out them. The last 4 years has bine really good cause now that he is sleeping his other meds for ADD and ADHD work better.

Sherri - posted on 03/22/2009

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My son has ADHD and doesn't sleep well. The doctor told us to give him Melatonin every night (it's over the counter). It helps regulate your internal clock. I think it helps my son.



I recommend checking with your child's doctor to make sure it is right for him/her. Goodluck.

Cheryl - posted on 03/22/2009

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My daughter who is diagnosed as Bipolar, ADHD, ODD now (she is now 13) has always had a very hard time getting to sleep and staying asleep. I would recommend trying Melatonin which is a natural sleep aid. You can purchase this at Sam's or BJ's or order it through the internet. You can also try Bendryl.

Patricia - posted on 03/21/2009

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I give my son (7 years old) a bath every night and tuck him in with his night light on and then give him one toy to play with (as long as he stays in bed he can play with it) in 15 mins he is out like a light (but I have to take the toy away or he will sleep on top of it!)

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