Sleep Cycles in Kids with Special Needs

Sleep cycles in kids with special needs.  Yeah.  We’re having issues.  Never in a zillion years did I think I’d reach this ripe old age and still have a child who is experiencing significant sleep issues.  Well, maybe they might be experiencing them at THEIR house, but you know, not in the bedroom next to mine.

Combine Parker’s funky sleep cycles with the sleep issues that come with the joys of menopause and it makes you just want to crawl away somewhere and, well……sleep.

sleep study

Sleep Study

I called Parker’s sleep doctor to ask about an extended release version of colonidine.  But then I remembered Reed’s concern about this medication.  If we have to dissolve it in water and put it down Parker’s g-tube will that ruin the whole extended release part.  Sure enough, according to our Pharmacist it would.

I wanted to cry.

However desperate times require desperate measures.  We decided to try this new medication anyway.

Lo and behold a certain Hero of the Brave slept through the entire night.  No 4:00 a.m. bouts of bouncing off the wall until 6:00 a.m. when he would then fall back to sleep and refuse to wake up at 7:00 a.m. to get ready for his teacher and his first lesson of the day.

I’m telling you it was awesome.  With sauce.

Of course now that I’ve happy danced with gulps of joy, it will never, ever happen again.

But Reed and I will always be able to look back with reverence and talk about the time Parker slept through the night.

Tell me about sleep cycles in your kid with special needs.  Do they sleep through the night?  Wait.  Maybe I don’t really want to know if they do.  Do you send your kid off to dreamland on the wings of medication?   What works at your house?


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