Parents of ADHD Children
Sleep and the ADD child
My son is 9, we got his (and my) ADD diagnosis when he was 5. Since he was about 1 year old, we’ve had sleep issues. To get through them I put him in bed with us. However, he still, at 9, wants to get in bed with us each night. When he was smaller, it wasn’t a huge issue, but now, he’s almost as tall as me, steals my pillow, covers, and nearly pushes me off the bed.
We purchased a camping cot and placed it by our bed, and sometimes he’ll go on it. But if he can’t fall asleep in his own bed, he refuses to fall asleep on the cot, and we can literally stalemate it until 5 am, when I can’t take it anymore and put him in our bed. He will actually wake me up to prevent me from sleeping if he’s not asleep (never his father).
I’m at my wits end with nighttime and sleep. We give him melatonin before bed. I’m just tired. How can we keep/encourage him to leave us be at night?
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