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what time is the average bedtime for your ASD kid/s?<br><br>
ds goes down anywhere between midnight and 4am, hes been that way since he was a newborn
 

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it used to be 3am til 4am if we were lucky this went on for 5 and a half yrs, since he has been on adhd meds and melatonin and sometimes sedation, he goes to bed anytime after 11pm (its so tiring). melatonin has been agod send it even means that A goes to bed awake when my poor dh was still carrying a 4.5ft 5stone boy up and down the stairs poor man.<br>
god knows how we survived for best part of 6 years on around 20 minutes sleep and us both still working <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">
 

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DD sleeps easily. She's down now for the evening and it's 8 pm here. Most nights she sleeps about 8 hours straight.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">I feel guilty saying it, but ds since he weaned now sleeps 8-12hrs at night, and does 2-4hr naps. he just has a night owl schedule, which fits with us really, both me and dh are night owls as well.<br><br>
he used to be hard to get to nap or sleep for long streches, and it has got easier, he still has his days though. I'm sure you guys are familiar with the quick cat nap and suddenly refreshed and acting like an energizer bunny until they crash in the early hours of the morning
 

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Well, until he was 3-1/2yo, it was never before 11pm and up starting at 5am with no nap and he didn't even sleep soundly. There were easily 1-2 "episodes" (even if just a short calling out and back to sleep before I could get there) every night.<br><br>
We put him on a daily dose of fish oil for other ASD issues and so help me God he's been in bed before 9pm (usually 8/8:30pm), sleeps until at LEAST 6:30am, PLUS a 1-3 hour nap daily (as long as I actually put him down or we're in the car).<br><br>
Life. is. beautiful.<br><br>
If we miss more than a day of the fish oil, we're back to the same old crap.<br><br>
Have never used melatonin. Whatever it is about his neurology that is screwed up was clearly affected positively by the fish oil. I don't know if it did anything else, but that was ENOUGH!<br><br>
We use NN Omega 3-6-9 liquid and he gets 1 tsp/day (sometimes 1-1/2 if we screw up). He's about 36 lbs. I don't think you can OD on fish oil <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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8pm-ish, depending on how much sleep he got the night before and when he got up from his nap. Up between 6 and 7am, mid-day nap around noon or 1 for 2 hours. He gets melatonin about half the time.
 

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Andrew is almost always asleep by 8. But he takes melatonin every night now. If he doesn't it would take him over an hour to fall asleep and then he would wake super early and get into a terrible spiral of fatigue leading to less sleep. He usually sleeps 11 or 12 hours a night-no naps.
 

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we are FINALLY getting sleep around here on a regular basis, it's a beautiful thing.<br>
I wouldn't care what the hell time he went to sleep if he would continue to do so once the sun was up. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> If he falls alseep around 1am (this seem to be his inner clocks bedtime) he still gets up by 7:30. If he falls asleep at 8pm (a shear miracle to be sure) he also gets up by 7:30. So I just have to make it into bed myself, and we're doing fine. But I'm such a night owl. It used to be my favorite thing to sit in the living room after the kids were in bed, but I just have to give that up.<br><br>
I'm realizing more and more how much ds likes and does well on a schedule (I cringe every time I think about it!) I mean, we're unschoolers, so it's not really a schedule, more like a routine that we follow ever so closely. Otherwise, he won't eat or sleep or be nice to be around (at all).<br><br>
So it's eat dinner, bath, brush teeth (umm, kind of), jammas on, in bed with mommy and sister, snuggle, talk about the day, and about 10 minutes after getting into bed he's asleep. How did it take me over 6 years to figure this out?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">
 

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DS follows the sun, so in the spring he's asleep around 9:30, but by the summer, it's 10:00. In the winter, he's usually ready around 8:30 or 9:00.
 

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between 9:00pm and 1:00am<br><br>
depending on nap status, possibly depending on the phase of the moon (we are still gathering data on that one)
 

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Uhhh...I can't answer this reliably. LOL<br><br>
It varies nightly and can run from 6pm - 1am. Typically they'll both go to sleep relatively easily (thank you sleep supplements) but both wake up way, way early.
 

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My son is the same way! On the days he naps, I'm fine letting him stay up until 10 or 11, basically until I'm ready to pass out. He might not fall asleep immediately, but he is fine with staying in his room singing and talking to himself.On days he doesn't nap, I usually try to get him down between 8-9 PM. No matter what time he goes to bed, he is up with the sun, by 6:30 AM.
 

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DD (almost 5) used to have MAJOR falling asleep issues. It was so bad I used to cry once she finally fell asleep.<br>
She now gets .25mg Melatonin an hour before bedtime and is usually asleep between 7:45 and 8:15 with no difficulty. She has been taking it for a year. It only helps her get to sleep and does nothing for keeping her asleep but as she has gotten older she has woken up and stayed awake less and less. (She will awake around 1-2am once every few weeks and stay up until the following nights bedtime.)<br>
DS 2 has very little trouble falling asleep for nap or bedtime but will usually be the last one out. This is usually by 8:30, 9 at the latest depending on the excitement of the day. He also will wake up and stay up but nothing like his sister used to at his age.
 
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