This subject came up by information provided by Janet in another section of the forum. Often our children have a problem with their body clocks and their sleep patterns can be sporadic. This concern can add to stresses and anxiety and effect schooling.
I wanted to share my finds and look forward to hearing about your experiences and any research you have done on this subject.
Homeopathic remedies in conjunction with prescriptions might help some people live fuller lives.
Obviously before taking anything your physician should be consulted to avoid reactions or to avoid the prescription drugs absorption rate to be altered.
I learned some interesting things going to a health store today about melatonin. Our bodies are suppose to produce melatonin naturally, they explained a three step process which only one portion stuck out in my mind. Seratonin produces melatonin and for this we need darkness.
We had to remove his lamp so he has been using his overhead lighting. We are changing out his light bulbs to a lower wattage to make it dimmer in his room now.
A lot of health products help produce Seratonin so you can make melatonin but i was concerned about the results.
Seratonin levels can be our "happy spot" but it can also effect our "anger spot"
Boosting these levels in a child that has aggressive tendencies may not be the best option for good sleep results.
Since my son sleeps (when he sleeps) with the light on and he can have aggressive tendencies I was introduced to a three step option to help him relax to do it more naturally.
There is a product anyone can take to relax and help focus in a drop form. You put it in water, juice, hot tea ..... my daughter's friend takes it during exam time to help her with anxiety. It's base is English wildflowers.
I found another product based for children or adults that is a sleep aid that helps them relax and fall to sleep naturally without alcohol and it does not build up in a child's system.
Lastly I found the melatonin mentioned in another topic thread.
Maybe stresses have become worse for him lately or just my own schedule has become more hectic but he is not sleeping again and I can not function running three shifts.
I spoke to his Doctor in advance on this subject and I followed his advice.
Remarkably, this store knew so much about ADD, ADHD and compulsive disorders and anxiety or PTSD but knew little or absolutely nothing about TS.
I am going to drop off some reading material to them this week from the TSFC forum.