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Parents of ADHD Children
Melatonin? Philips Wake Up Light? Experiences/Recommendations?
Mornings are a nightmare in our house. We’ve tried everything—we have schedule, a chart w/ rewards, a consistent bedtime, we’ve tried timers like Lickety Split, and alarms (both music and buzzer), etc., etc. No matter what, our 8 year old son has extreme difficulty getting out of bed. Despite trying Intuniv and Periactin, he also has difficulty falling asleep and “turning his brain off” at night (a side effect of Adderall, no doubt).
I’m thinking that the nighttime and morning difficulties are related and considering giving him 1 mg of melatonin at night and buying a Philip’s Wake Up Light to help him get up in the morning. Loud alarm clocks do not work, as although they wake him, he rises screaming and in an awful mood which is difficult to get him out of. If anyone has any experience with melatonin and/or a Philip’s Wake Up Light or has other recommendations, I’d love to hear them as I’m at my wits end and desperate for an end to the morning battles. Thanks!