I'm desperate, DESPERATE for something, ANYTHING that will help my son get to sleep and sleep well.
He's always been a terrible sleeper and I know now that this is typical of kids on the spectrum. We've barely been coping for the past couple of years with endless bedtime routines, frequent night wakings and a kid that wakes at 4 am every day. But now I'm in my first trimester of a new pregnancy (very sick and extremely tired) and my husband is at a new and demanding job and things are really falling apart around here. We live abroad and just moved to a new city so absolutely no outside or family support.
I have been spending a lot of time searching for things that may help my son sleep. So far we've tried melatonin (upped the dose, cut the dose, stopped and started again)- I'm not sure it works. We tried this valerian extract from Herbs for Kids, I'm not sure it works either. It's really hard to say because sometimes his sleep is a little better and sometimes it's crap and it doesn't correlate regularly with anything. And I'm honestly too tired to make sense of it.
Recently I've read about giving magnesium, Natural Calm or magnesium citrate in a drink before bed. Has this been successful for anyone? Did you have to use a large dose or did the normal dose for a child/toddler work? Any side effects (loose stools etc.)?
I've also started reading about GABA- this one I'm a little apprehensive about. From what I understand it inhibits neurotransmitters or something- I just feel like it's going into territory I know nothing about. Anyone tried this for sleep? Again, what dosage did you use to see results?
Anything else? ANYTHING? I feel like if we can't fix or even just make this sleep situation slightly better, our family is on the verge of breaking down. Honestly, if I could drug him with real drugs, I think I would. They should make prescription sedatives for toddlers. They really should. I would be their spokeswoman in the commercials.