I have to say, we’re lovin’ melatonin!
My son went right to sleep the first night and woke up in such a good mood. Hang on, it gets better! Then after school he was full of happy stories and talked about how much fun he had. Later that day, he came up to me with his arms stretched wide and a huge smile on his face. When I asked him what he was up to, he gave me the biggest hug and said, “I feel soooo happy!”
To him it was obvious that the melatonin made all the difference, he even asked if he could have it every night. So far, after three days of taking it, we’ve seen a huge improvement in every aspect of his life. This is really exciting to us since the week started out with a wave of irritability and increased stress. Even Monday, my husband came home early to help manage him because we sensed he was very close to an explosion. But after taking the melatonin, he appears all refreshed, it was like a reset button, bringing him back to his normal self.
What I also love about melatonin is that it’s pretty harmless compared to the other medications he has to take. It’s an over-the-counter supplement that we grind up and put into his drink. I’m thrilled to see positive results without a list of side effects to worry about. I’m also reminded about how much our son’s illness is amplified when he isn’t getting good quality sleep. Good sleep is essential for his stability.
Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about it:
Melatonin has been shown to be effective in treating one form of depression, seasonal affective disorder, and is being considered for bipolar and other disorders where circadian disturbances are involved. It has been observed that bipolar disorder might have, as a “trait marker” (something which is characteristic of being bipolar, that does not change with state), supersensitivity to light, i.e. a greater decrease in melatonin secretion in response to light exposure at night.
We’re very hopeful that this may be the final link for some consistent stability, heck a few months would be nice.
Happy Friday Everyone!
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