After much thinking and research and talking to doctors and friends, we decided to give melatonin a try with Orion last night. He has always had a hard time with sleep, and lately it has been getting crazy. He will often just lay there with us until 2 or even 3 in the morning. And when we try to get him up so he will have an easier time the following night, we literally can't. Just recently I posted a picture of him sleeping sitting up. We get him out of bed and he just falls back to sleep wherever we put him! It was really seeming to me like his clock was off.
We had no idea what to expect, and were definitely on alert as we had heard some kids can get nightmares or even panic attacks, but we had none of that. In fact, he fell asleep faster than he ever has in his life and seemed to have one of the most restful nights ever as well!
Here he is this morning:
Gotta love the little angel pose hands! Darn our cheapie camera for getting it blurry though. Ron said he didn't do any of his usual "burrowing" or tossing and turning. He also commented on how much more peaceful his body language looked in the morning. He said he couldn't put his finger on why, but it was easy for me to see. By morning, he has usually worked his way into some sort of position that presses his head up against something. And I have never seen him do that with his hands!
We are both really wondering how the extra sleep will affect his daytime disposition, if at all. I really feel he may have been sleep deprived for a long time now, so it may take awhile for him to get caught up. And I also have all sorts of questions floating around in my head now, mainly related to whether or not this means he actually does have some sort of melatonin shortage, and all that could imply.... Time will tell where this journey will lead.
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