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Melatonin every night???

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jogalong Fri 23-Dec-16 22:11:23

Ds (7) ASD was recently prescribed melatonin because he cannot go off to sleep until around 11 every night. So we started giving him the melatonin and he was out like a light by 9.30. All was going well for about a week then bang he's awake at 4am and refusing to go back to sleep. No catch up naps either during the day.
Could it be my hyper ds just doesn't need that much sleep??
Or do any of you just give the melatonin the odd night rather than every night??

ElornaElephant Fri 23-Dec-16 22:20:01

DB is 12 (also ASD) and has had melatonin prescribed, using for around a year. You're right, it doesn't tend to stave off the early awakenings so much which is unfortunate as its why DB was prescribed it in the first place, when he takes it he's spark out by 8pm but still up at 5am or earlier. I do agree that some ASD children just don't need the sleep like we do. My DM now gives it to him on occasion, once a week or so, and that seems to work out. You'll find as your DS gets older his late nights become less difficult for you as he becomes more independent, will be happy to read or iPad for example. smile

MyWineTime Fri 23-Dec-16 23:36:14

If he is on the fast release melatonin, it might be worth trying the slow release. It will stay in his system a bit longer.

zzzzz Sat 24-Dec-16 08:27:20

Slow release might work better. Is he having vivid dreams? You don't have to use it every night. I think of it as a "get us into a routine" thing rather than a regular part of that routine but what works for your dc is what's important.

Have you looked at all the normal sleep disturb ers?

Temperature (both bedding and boiler on off time)

Noise (inside me outside the house)

Hunger/thirst (Nb almost all meds are easier to balance if you are better hydrated)


Bad dreams

Scared of the dark/silence/monsters

Understanding of what's expected

Reasonable time scales for changing major routines.

Waitingforsleep Sun 25-Dec-16 19:42:04

Not sure how I can help but we use slow release liquid form 2.5 every night. Dd mainly sleeps from 8-6 or 6.30 am it mainly works but if we miss a night she can't get to sleep so it's every night. I'm unsure how long we should use it for but have been for nearly a year it's been a life saver.x

zzzzz Sun 25-Dec-16 23:43:31

I think slow release is in tablet form

MyWineTime Mon 26-Dec-16 08:39:01

Slow release can only work in tablet or capsule form and it must be taken whole for the slow release to be effective.
Liquid is always fast release.

Waitingforsleep Tue 27-Dec-16 21:13:03

Sorry yes it's fast my liquid as Dd has trouble getting off to sleep

jogalong Wed 28-Dec-16 18:52:45

Thanks for all the replies. I'm only giving it the night's that he is over tired and just can't settle himself. I'll see what he's like when back to school as he might need it more frequently then.

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