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To let him sleep? Or should I wake him?

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Hurr1cane Sun 05-Jul-15 10:34:01

My DS is 9 with autism and health problems. He's been an OK sleeper recently but he's just had another neurological regression and sleep seems to have disappeared.

So last night he fell asleep finally at 5am (so this morning really) meaning he's still in bed now. The only thing is we have to be up for school at 6am tomorrow as his school is miles away.

Do I let him sleep and risk him not sleeping tonight, or wake him up and spend the entire day dealing with meltdowns.?

LookForStars Sun 05-Jul-15 10:39:51

I would just let him sleep, because there's no guarantee he'll sleep tonight. I may be wrong but that's what I would do. hope everything goes ok smile

Hurr1cane Sun 05-Jul-15 10:44:45

Thanks I might leave him till dinner time. Luckily his PA isn't coming today as usual or he'd have had to be up by 9!

Eliza22 Sun 05-Jul-15 11:25:40

My son is now 14. Up to age 9/10 he was a truly awful sleeper. Late to bed and then up 7/8/9 times every night. Wide awake....not naughty but wanting to wake me and chat.

Eventually, exhausted, I asked about Melatonin. He was prescribed slow release melatonin in the form of Circadin2mg. It sorted out his clock. Sometimes, he still needs a quick course of it. Age 9 is not too young to try it when lack of sleep is totally disrupting his (and your) life.

Eliza22 Sun 05-Jul-15 11:26:28

Forgot to say, ds has autism.

Hurr1cane Sun 05-Jul-15 11:49:17

Hi Eliza, he has 6mg melatonin every night. It helps a bit but doesn't work when he's really fighting it x

Eliza22 Sun 05-Jul-15 16:24:39

Ah. Just a thought. It's difficult to know what to do. Poor young man. (And you!)

ohtheholidays Sun 05-Jul-15 17:57:47

Hurr1cane we know how you feel in this household.
5DC,2 of our DC are autistic(and registered disabled)and they both struggle with sleep,our older daughter(not disabled)has night terrors so doesn't usually get a good nights sleep either and I have insomnia like my Dad unfortunately.

My DR has prescribed us Phenergan 25mg Tablets that's the brand name the tablets are called Promethazine Hydrochloride.

They are amazing,Thank God my Dr put us on to them I don't know how much longer we could of all gone without sleep.

You can use them from 5 years old.Good Luck,I hope you both start getting the settled nights you need flowers

LookForStars Mon 06-Jul-15 10:07:56

morning hurr1cane, how did it all work out? brew

Eliza22 Mon 06-Jul-15 10:16:57 did it go this morning, OP?

Hurr1cane Tue 07-Jul-15 19:39:28

Hi all. Sorry he got up at 11 then proceeded to have what we now know was a really bad seizure at 1! He was blue lighted to hospital as they thought he had a mini stroke! Home with him now poor little thing

Eliza22 Wed 08-Jul-15 16:21:39

Hurr1cane that's so awful. Are YOU ok? Poor him. Poor you. Hope he's settled now flowers

GenerationX2 Wed 08-Jul-15 17:34:37

OP - I am so very sorry your poor DS, how very scary for your whole family

Hurr1cane Wed 08-Jul-15 19:09:39

He seems ok now thanks everyone. Seems like the whole of last week was building up to that

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