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Summer’s Here

  • Posted on March 23, 2012 at 8:00 AM

It’s March, and yet it feels like the beginning of summer.  Maybe it’ll last, maybe it won’t.  But it’s wreaking havoc on my children’s delicate systems.

Spring equinox is always hard.  Is it the pressure systems bearing down on us while they blow through?  Is it our changing proximity to the sun?  Or is it the daylight savings nightmare?  I don’t know, but the boys struggle—especially with sleep.

For a while now, we’ve been doing the melatonin thing.  For the most part, it helps.  A lot.  Until it doesn’t.  Then, it doesn’t help at all.

We’re there now.  I tried upping the dose.  They’re regularly at three milligrams, which seems like a lot, since we started at 1 milligram.  I tried bumping it up to 4.5 milligrams, or a pill and a half.  But it didn’t work.  It’d only take them an hour or two to go to sleep (after lights out).  But they’d wake up a few hours later, revving for daylight.

So, we took a break from the melatonin.  It took them two + hours to get to sleep, but they slept through the night and woke up kind of tired.  We’ll see how long this lasts.