Monday, September 15, 2008
Early to Bed, Early to Rise Makes One Tired Mother
Ashley visited her neurologist last week for her 6 month seizure med 'tune up'. One of the questions I posed to the doctor concerned sleep - or rather, the lack of sleep - mine and Ashley's. On the average of one or two days a month, Ashley will sleep pretty well at night. That means she only gets up 2-3 times. The other 28 days of the month, she turns into a nightime party animal, and feels the need to include me on all her celebration activities. It's really wearing me down.
I've posted several times in the past about Ashley's sleep difficulties. So, it's not like this is a new situation. I guess, though, that with my Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis beginning to take more of a toll on my body, I'm less able to cope with just a little bit of sleep. I pleaded with the doctor to help me figure out how to get Ash to sleep better.
He recommended Melatonin. I tried Melatonin with Ashley when she was much, much younger, and it seemed to have no effect. But, I'm willing to try again. I am curious, though, what other people's experiences have been with Melatonin.
Have you tried it to help your child sleep? If so, how much do you administer? Does it help your child fall asleep and stay asleep, or just fall asleep? Have you noticed any side effects to its use?
I started Ashley on Melatonin two nights ago. The first night was her normal party till the sun comes up kind of night. Last night, she only got up twice. So, is it starting to work, or did I just hit on one of her twice monthly sleeping nights? I sure would love to think it was the former...