Posted in Developmental Disorders, Sleep, Special Needs Children

Sleep help for an 8 year old.

My daughter has a rough time falling asleep. I was told by the doctor I could give her melatonin but that doesn’t seem to really help. Does anyone have any ideas? I forgot to mention she has A.D.D.

  • Brynne
    Oct 30, 2018

    Thank you!

  • Turquoise
    Oct 30, 2018

    My son has A.D.D as well. I totally get the sleep struggles. Zarbee’s makes a great melatonin gummy. Bath and Body Works has some really nice aromatherapy bath products that might work.

  • Derek C
    Oct 30, 2018

    Routine helps. What are the actual sleep issues? Is she getting to bed at the right time? Is she overtired? Calms Forte is also good in addition to Melatonin. There’s also some nighttime yoga videos on YouTube you might try.

  • Brynne
    Oct 30, 2018

    She goes to bed at 8pm. She has troubles falling asleep

  • John
    Oct 30, 2018

    Where did you get the melatonin? We use it and it works like a charm. You might not be using the right one. It took us 3 different types to finally find the correct one.

  • Anne
    Oct 30, 2018

    Zarbee’s melatonin gummies (via Amazon) really worked for us. Also the Calm app for bedtime stories and mediation music.

  • Joanna
    Oct 30, 2018

    Weighted blanket.

  • Brynne
    Oct 31, 2018

    I get the 5mg gummies of melatonin.

  • Brynne
    Oct 31, 2018

    Thank you everyone for all the advice

  • Pete
    Oct 31, 2018

    A few things. You mentioned ADD. I have that and take medicine for it. Most or all ADD medicines are amphetamines. If you take it too late in the day it makes it difficult to fall asleep. The medicine I take says it wears off in 12 hrs but I find that it can inhibit sleep for about 14 hrs. If you can’t take it earlier, consider trying a lower dosage. I’ve lowered my dosage twice in the past few years and found the drug’s efficacy to improve with each decrease. If not a medicine issue... don’t allow screen time before bed. Most device displays have daylight balanced color, this puts your mind in a daytime wake mode. Also, I find spoken audio on a sleep timer to be very helpful in falling asleep. The hard part is falling asleep. To do this, you need to set aside all your thoughts about the day and about the next day and allow your mind to relax.

  • John
    Oct 31, 2018

    Brynne we use a spray. Spray in mouth and swallow. Name brand NutraSpray. I get it from health food stores like Whole Foods, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, I’m sure there are others in your area.

  • Sheyenne
    Nov 01, 2018

    I never had success with my son and medications. He didn’t sleep through the night until he was 3, and then had nightmares and bed wetting episodes until about a year ago. I got him a weighted blanket and he is a different child!

  • Daileen
    Nov 01, 2018

    For my son, I would rub lavender oil on the bottoms of his feet or do a lavender lotion

  • Kristin
    Nov 02, 2018

    The problem with the melatonin is it really is not regulated and each pill does not have the exact amount it says it should so no melatonin. I saw this on Dr phil

  • John
    Nov 02, 2018

    We don’t use pills of melatonin. We use a spray.

  • Amber
    Nov 04, 2018

    My 8 year old was like that I bought him melatonin gummies which worked A LOT better he sleeps

  • Abby
    Nov 05, 2018

    Coffee? Supposed to have an adverse effect on kids with ADD.

  • Linda
    Nov 10, 2018

    Does she like to read books ? Maybe reading a story to her or her Redding herself might help her fall asleep or if she has a favorite stuffed animal or something might help too

  • Lily
    Nov 17, 2018

    Weighted blanket, it helps them relax. Also so screen time 30 or more minutes before. And set things to do before bed also helps.