Friday, December 24, 2010

Silent Night... Sleepless Night

’Twas the night before Christmas... eve.
when all through the house,
not a creature was stirring,
not even a mouse.

I wish our night went a little like that, but last night was a rough night for my son. He had a lot of trouble sleeping, he kept saying, “I have too much energy!”

We tried having him relax with a hot bath, then he tried reading, which didn’t work since he had a hard time focusing. On his own, he even tried doing push ups, but nothing got rid of this energy.

So feeling desperate, he ran into his brothers’ room where they were both sleeping and hit them to wake them up. Now we had two boys crying, frightened by their abrupt attack in the night and still my son had too much energy. So Dad decided to take him for a walk outside to help him relax. He also used this moment to acknowledge that he saw his attack on his brothers as a cry for help and explained that he doesn’t need to do that, that he could come to us anytime he is struggling and we’ll try our best to help him.

After the walk he was feeling calmer, but still had this energy. He even began to cry wishing he had gone to the gym with me that night so he wouldn’t feel so wound up. As I tucked him back into bed, I could feel his toes dancing under the blankets and I could see the dread on his face as he looked like he was suffering from this energy. It was then that I realized how uncomfortable he was, that this energy probably felt like someone who was over caffeinated.

I know that we’ll see his doctor’s next month, but from your own experience, how do you help your kids get to sleep when they have too much energy? How do you manage these sleepless nights?

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  1. Does he like to draw? This is a quiet, mind absorbing activity that could be done anytime he is awake.
    Definitely exercise! It should be part of his "medication" that he takes every day, no matter what. Treadmill? Stationary bike?

    Maybe tonight after a full night with family, he will crash and sleep well!

    Merry Christmas

  2. the sleepless nights are one reason we allow my daughter to have a t.v. in her room... maybe not the best choice, but at least she is able to rest in her own bed while watching something and she doesn't keep the rest of the family awake. another thing that helps her is to have some soothing music on a cd to listen to. she loves the forest sounds or a piano playing softly. hope it gets better quickly and you are able to get some rest!

  3. the Mom- Good idea!

    Kelly- it's funny that you mentioned the tv. We too have a tv in his room, and that night, it was the tv that helped him get to sleep. I know the tv is frowned apon, but it has helped us in many situations.