I need sleep, I have to get up in 2 hours to take Miss 20 to the airport for an overseas trip, and I took Master AS12 to bed at about 11. If we had gone to sleep then I would have gotten 4+ hours sleep. I had warned Master AS about the impending bedtime, and thought that by taking him into my room to sleep he would fall asleep quicker, and therefore so will I.
We are on school holidays at the moment and Master AS12 has had fairly flexible sleep times, going to bed later and getting up later, most nights going to bed around 11pm and getting up about 10am o there i was thinking he was getting quite a bit of sleep.
Tonight I found out that although he "goes" to bed, he has been getting up and raiding the fridge/cupboards and going online (Facebook and Mine Craft game) and not sleeping till about 4 am no wonder he has been sleeping till 10am ( i have loved the 2 hours i get alone in the AM)
Of course tonight I wanted things to change i needed sleep so I changed the "rules" and he is restless, making noises, trying to talk, wriggling about... I had to get out of bed as I was getting angry and ready to lash out verbally or physically. Maybe I should have just let him stay up and drag him out when we needed to go?
but I find I don't sleep well when I know he is up. (In fact I havent slept well for a while so maybe i knew he was up in an unconscious level)
I found 2 more ASpie blogs in trying to research sleep and the Asperger child, and am glad to find out I am not the only one, finding their child sleepless.
When I think of his sleep patterns since birth he has always had a problem, getting to sleep especially, although generally once asleep he stays asleep till morning getting up at a reasonable 7.30 during school terms but as he hits the pre pubescence he is finding it harder to get to sleep and harder to get up. I think if he could totally chose he would sleep a lot of the day and stay up at night?? argghhh
I am seriously considering medication to get him to sleep, but maybe tonight it is my own sleeplesness talking.. when the kids were small I would often say I can cope with anything as long as I get enough sleep!! and I am not...... ;-(
where to from here ??? i dont know, with Miss 20 being away for a while it will be just Master AS12 and I, maybe we can form some sort of routine, acceptable to both of us, re sleep. Luckily I am on holidays from work...... I may need some day time naps I think.....