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Mysterious sleep cycles

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aimskidooo Sat 07-Nov-15 14:00:34

Hello all, wondering if anyone has any experience of this? Have been keeping data on my son's sleep patterns for months and notice that every eight weeks (+ or - a few days) he has a 'high' period lasting up to a fortnight of hardly sleeping (the rest of the time he sleeps really well). By day he's also wired, more hypersensitive than normal and far away (this may be sleep dep tho?) Does anyone else's children cycle in this way? Does anyone have any idea why this might be? 'Highs' are becoming much more pronounced since puberty started and tougher to get through. He's thirteen and wonderful and severely autistic (non verbal, sensory integration difficulties). Thank you smile

PolterGoose Sat 07-Nov-15 14:15:23

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aimskidooo Sat 07-Nov-15 14:23:08

Hello, No it doesn't seem to, although transitions -school to holidays- do unsettle him at a lower level. I was wondering about the moon...?

Lesley25 Sat 07-Nov-15 20:45:40

I've noticed this more too in the days leading up to a full moon - I thought it might be linked to increased night light but now in our case bedroom doors are closed, but my grandparents always used to say if sleep was disturbed whether it was a full moon that night. I never thought to ask them why they asked and thought of it as an old wives tale. I'll make a note to check my boys sleep patterns this full moon.

aimskidooo Sat 07-Nov-15 21:29:19

He can have very good nights when the moons full....I dunno! Will keep researching the eight week thing. It's weirdly regular ...

jomaman Sun 08-Nov-15 01:34:17

We had a regular pattern of sleep disruption with Ds1, I think the cycles were about 4 or 5 weeks. We realised after some time that it was worms (gross I know). Just mentioning in case it could be parasite related!

aimskidooo Sun 08-Nov-15 20:09:50

Thanks for the share. I haven't seen any wormy signs but will double check

aimskidooo Sun 08-Nov-15 20:10:44

Am wondering also about whether this could be a hormones thing? Can anyone help?

Schrodingersmum Mon 09-Nov-15 16:47:43

DD had a good sleep cycle till puberty hit then it disintigrated, fortunately melatonin has helped settle her down again

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