Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Go the F@!K to Sleep

I'm sure everyone has heard about this book (and the Samuel L. Jackson reading of it). I could not stop laughing when I heard it. I don't know how many times I've uttered those words in my head (loudly, to myself).

Getting a child to sleep can be difficult for any parent, but when you have a child on the spectrum, it gets REALLY hard. For my daughter, it's difficult for her to turn her brain off. She can literally be awake all night long, happily playing with her imaginary friends. Oddly enough, she generally can function well the next day. It actually seems that she functions better when she's had less sleep.

While this may be the case, it still drives me up the wall that she doesn't sleep much. Most nights, we give her some melatonin before bedtime. This generally helps her fall asleep more easily, although if she wakes up later in the night, she still has a hard time falling back to sleep. Even with the melatonin, she's still probably up at least 2 nights a week.

I used to stay awake when she was awake. We had kept the baby monitor on, so I would know when she was sleeping or not. The problem was that on those nights that she didn't get much sleep, I didn't get much sleep. Now that she's older and knows she can come in to wake me when she needs help, we finally got rid of the baby monitor. I now sleep much better. If she can't get the bleep to sleep, at least I can!

Selfish? Not really. She does function well the next day. I don't. Plus, I'm the one operating a moving vehicle, so I really do need to get my sleep. I just can't worry about her sleep patterns anymore.

They are what they are.

5 comments:

  1. Isn't it crazy how they don't need sleep? I truly don't understand it. We did melatonin for years and then, once the teen years hit and we had to do meds those seem to help her sleep. Also, since most teens love to sleep all the time I think that has rubbed off on her a little bit (not much, she will sleep to 8 now whereas most teens can sleep til noon).

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  2. I don't get it either, my son is the same way right down to the melatonin, unfortunately though he is more severe on the spectrum and requires 24/7 supervision if he is awake for his own and our safety. Sigh.

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  3. Forget the book “Go the F**k to Sleep”, a pathetic, soul-less, allegedly rebel, ‘children’s book’. Don’t waste your hard-earned money, instead read a BANNED book like “America Deceived II” by a real rebel and the “World’s Most Hated Author”, E.A. Blayre III.
    Last link (before Google Books bans it also]:
    http://www.iuniverse.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000190526

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