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Reversed

My son is a vampire.  Well no, obviously not.  My little guy on the spectrum has had sleep issues since birth.  He has NEVER slept through the night. 

For the past month he has completely reversed his sleeping pattern. He is up all night until mid morning, and passes out only to wake up sometime between 6-8 pm. I thought we took care of it when we took a trip to the water park courtesy of my husband’s work.  He was so exhausted by the end of the day, and even still didn’t get to sleep until after 10pm.  

We’ve been giving him melatonin since his pediatrician recommended it when we had this problem 4 years ago.  I try to skip a few days sometimes even a week here and there to avoid his body rebelling with immunity. 

It’s so hard.  Not just his sleeping patterns but the whole package.  The boys start school in a few short weeks and I’m running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off.  I have IEP meetings coming up at M’s new school and T is starting middle school.  It’s all very overwhelming especially when I know I need to figure out how the hell to get M out of this pattern.  

I’ve contemplated slipping him coffee someway, or having him chug some sort of energy drink.  Maybe resort to a five hour energy? KIDDING, but I can still think about it.  

I’ve tried just about everything I can wrap my brain around to get my little vampire back on track.  I’d tell him he will actually turn into a vampire if he keeps sleeping during the day, but being an autism mom I know better.  

Wish me luck! If any of you have had a situation like this and successfully reversed the whipper snapper back, I could use some pointers.  

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7 thoughts on “Reversed

  1. It might help to get him a sleep study. He might have delayed sleep or some non-24 hour thing.

    Try keeping him awake during the day no matter how cranky he is and if he doesn’t sleep that night, keep him awake the next day. Eventually he’ll crash into sleep and that miiiiight straighten it out.

    It’s still a good idea to get him fully checked out by doctors to rule out a medical issue.

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    1. Thank you. It’s very hard to keep him awake with him being on the autism spectrum. It’s turned into routine for him since it’s been just about a month now. His pediatrician had never brought up any sleep disorders with us, but we moved last year so I haven’t taken him to a new one yet. It’s very difficult to find one with the right fit for him.

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