I have a 15 year old son who has always struggled with sleeping.
When he does finally fall asleep it is usually in a deep deep sleep.
Normally when I say "bedtime", I get the rumble rumble under his breath of why
It's soo early...I can't fall asleep. It doesn't matter if it is 8:30 or 10:30 pm
he will still lay there for 2-3 hours.
We know that he has always been a bit of a recipe.
Lack of sleep or food is usually the reason why I may perhaps get attitude or the "talk back voice"
Although isn't that the case for most of us?
He recently came to me again about this issue.
My husband and I both feel strongly about the fact that there is no way
we want him to be put on medication.
We also know that you are suppose to eliminate tv, computer, and video games at night to aid in this area.
(some nights it works; some nights it doesn't)
He is a very busy with wrestling, school, drivers ed and his social life.
But this has literally been a struggle for him since about 18 months old.
He was my only child that gave up naps before most of his peers.
Speaking of drivers ed...He brought the subject up the other day because he said that his instructor
told the class that he takes Ny Quil every night so he can sleep. My son asked me if this was maybe
something he should try. :} NO!, she couldn't have screamed fast enough. We had to explain to him why it helps his instructor to sleep. Later, on another day not realizing that he was about to be taught a lesson, my son went on to ask for a coke before drivers ed. I said, NO, you will never fall asleep if you drink that this late. He said,"What...my instructor drinks a 2 liter every night at class......I told him well...it's no wonder he needs the Ny Quil to fall asleep.
I was watching Rachael Ray the other day and she had a Dr on who wrote the book The Cure (not released yet)
and he said that brown rice and potatoes would help to cure insomnia. So I am going to try it tonight.
The key here is, he is a teenager...and if I tell him that this is why he is eating the brown rice or potato
then he will fight the sleep just to be right.
As a baby all 4 of my children fell asleep to the same cd over and over...I thought about putting it on and see
if he would fall asleep now without even realizing it. desperate times call for desperate measures.
If any of you have any ideas on what has helped you, please pass it on to me. I will try anything...except Ny Quil.
*added- I have always read & know that it is a common trait in bright children to not need as much sleep as their peers but the books don't ever offer the solution. He is a much better son, brother, friend, etc...when he has had sleep and food.