Melatonin Works!

We’re onto week two of the spoonful of melatonin-laced-nutella routine before bedtime, and oh WOW am I greatful we’ve been given this!

Max has been falling asleep by about 7-7.30pm at the latest every night.

I’ve been able to go to bed at 10pm at nights, which makes for a whole EIGHT hours of sleep every night.

Zack is a lot cheerier, and Max is like a different child.

He’s more calm, happier, easier to distract when he’s upset about something.

He’s learning new words.

Today he’s said “beebeebeees” for Cbeebies, “noo!” (copying me every time I said no to him asking for another biscuit), “ampa” (Grandpa), “waii” (wait when telling him that he had to wait at the school gates, and more that I can’t think of right now.

He’s more settled at nursery, he’s even eating his lunch there!

It’s like a whole new life for us all.

None of us have to deal with screaming for hours every evening.

We all get to have a good decent uninterrupted sleep every night.

That in turn means our days are going by much more calmly, as we’ve all got more energy to DO and BE.

Not only do I now have that blissful three hours every morning monday to friday to be able to catch up on what I need to with housework, or to paint like I did this morning.

I also have my evenings back!

No more trying to drown out the crying, dealing with Zack coming up and down the stairs countless times.

No more going to bed and trying to ignore the screamies till we both eventually fall asleep exhausted.

I get to tidy up the place, fix something to eat, and then enjoy catching up with blogs, watch tv, or go to bed and read a book.

It’s wondrous!

So if you’ve been struggling with bedtimes as much as I have, seriously… go to your doctor/paediatrician, whatever. ASK about melatonin. Seriously.

I can say, without a shadow of a doubt, that it has given us all a new lease of life, and I don’t care if that means I have to give Max this medicine for years to come. I’ll do it. Because the difference is just beyond words!

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23 Comments

  1. February 25, 2011 / 12:08 am

    I am over the moon for you hun 😀 so thrilled that it’s worked so fantastically! I can’t imagine how relived you must all be! 🙂

  2. Bronnie Marquardt
    February 25, 2011 / 12:13 am

    My paediatrician put my son onto melatonin. It’s a stronger dose than is usually available here and has to be compounded by a pharmacist, by prescription, 24 hours notice. It really helps, to the extent that he asks to take it now (and he usually hates taking any kind of ‘medication’, whether it is natural or not). Paed. explained that in kids like C. who has Aspergers, it helps to reset the body clock. His body does not make enough melatonin so he needs a boost to help him sleep. It has made a world of difference. Glad you are benefitting too.

  3. February 25, 2011 / 12:16 am

    We’ve trialled a homeopathic form for a short while and it was working brilliantly for my Feral Aspie until his meds were changed, it does make a huge difference to everyone 🙂

  4. February 25, 2011 / 12:38 am

    I’m so glad it’s working out. Yay for all of you!

  5. February 25, 2011 / 1:01 am

    So pleased for you. I am SO lucky mine are good sleepers.

  6. February 25, 2011 / 3:28 am

    That is so awesome. The wonders of modern medicine:)

  7. February 25, 2011 / 4:12 am

    Making an appointment for next week.

  8. February 25, 2011 / 9:40 am

    So glad you’ve found this wonder remedy and you are getting your life back! Nice one. 🙂

  9. February 25, 2011 / 10:01 am

    Oh it’s like a big black cloud has finally disappeared! Absolutely amazed at the difference. 🙂

  10. February 25, 2011 / 10:01 am

    It’s like a miracle drug! hehe 🙂
    Glad it’s helping your son too! x

  11. February 25, 2011 / 10:02 am

    It really does, doesn’t it? 🙂 x

  12. February 25, 2011 / 10:03 am

    Thanks sweety! Zack was always a great sleeper, well… as textbook as they get really with growing up, so Max really threw me through a loop! 🙂 x

  13. February 25, 2011 / 10:04 am

    Indeed! There must be some sort of genetic link between autism and melatonin production. SO lucky to be in a place where it’s available in pill form. 😀 x

  14. February 25, 2011 / 10:05 am

    *thumbs up* 🙂 x

  15. February 25, 2011 / 10:05 am

    Cheers HUN! It feels like a miracle drug, and I’m not normally one to say such things! 😉 x

  16. February 25, 2011 / 4:34 pm

    Thanks sweety!! 😀
    Seven weeks today!! x

  17. February 25, 2011 / 9:06 pm

    Yay! I’m so glad this has worked 🙂 It must feel amazing for all of you!

  18. February 25, 2011 / 9:41 pm

    Thanks hon, it really has made such a phenomenal difference! 🙂

  19. February 27, 2011 / 9:06 pm

    I do think that I need to ask my GP about this, but not for the boys, for me! I am so glad that life is much more tolerable for you all. Sleep deprivation is terrible

  20. February 27, 2011 / 11:20 pm

    This >>>>

    I’ve been able to go to bed at 10pm at nights, which makes for a whole EIGHT hours of sleep every night.
    Zack is a lot cheerier, and Max is like a different child.

    >>>> is because you’re all bouncing off each other’s renewed sleep pattern and getting some proper rest. It’s so good to hear that all this is working for you.

  21. February 28, 2011 / 9:44 am

    It’s definitely worth a try! If you don’t ever seem to be able to get that sleepy feeling, it might help. *hugs* xx

  22. February 28, 2011 / 9:44 am

    Indeed! It’s amazing! We were almost walking on air this morning I was so cheery! LOL

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