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#1 of 2 Old 11-14-2007, 02:27 PM - Thread Starter
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Would it be worth getting him diagnosed?

This isn't the usual..."I'm tired and want to gripe" thread.

Though - I AM tired and I DO want to gripe.

I'm seriously concerned about DS.

Here's the break down of yesterday.

Up at 8:AM

Nap at 1:30 - 2:30PM (I am trying to get him to skip naps - but he has a cold and nurses and so he sleeps)

Up until MIDNIGHT (no kidding - no exageration)

Sleeps until 12:15AM (Yes, 15 minutes)

Up until 5AM (today - so now we're on to Wednesday)

Up at 8:30 to take DD to school

Asleep at 9:30AM - still sleeping now - it's 12:30.

What do I do?

I give him no sugar/chocolate after 2PM - I don't have any caffeine except for morning coffee and I don't know if I could take it if I had to quit.

I give him chamomilla homeopathically.

DH has a friend who is a hypno therapist - his friend suggested we take DS to see him.

What do you think?
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I have a non-sleeper, so I sympathize

Some things that have helped
Very nice sheets....think Ralph Lauren. A down comforter covered by a duvet. A nice mattress, not too firm, not too soft and made of nice material. She's sensitive to touch, so she can't sleep with us, but has to have a very comfortable bed.

Cold room with a fan on low.

Spending about 20 minutes before bed with low lights, low noise and her in bed. I rub her hair, her ears and then her feet. Then, I lie next to her until she seems to be going to sleep.

When all else fails, I put her dvd player in her room so that she can watch a relaxing movie (baby animals nature video). She has a nightlight and can watch that video if she can't sleep. SEveral times, I've gotten up to let the dog out at 3:30 or 5:00 and she's awake watching that movie.

Also, a nap during the day is a must. She'll get too exciteable if she isn't well rested. Seems like more sleep would harm her nightsleep, but it's the opposite.

We homeschool, so she can sleep in and she does sometimes until 11:00.

Good luck. I hope you find some suggestions that you can use.

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