Gah, I’m so tired. The middle kid is having another bout of night terror’s. It’s awful for him. The other night I found him, at 2:30am, sitting by an upturned Lego box, frantically building an elaborate contraption to escape in. It was an impressive construction, considering he built it while he was asleep. My heart breaks for him.
His mind, like mine never stops. Poor little bugger. Sometimes it sucks to be us, the thinkers. I think part of it is hereditary, my brother, father and sister still experience night terror’s.
He has no memory of these terrors when he wakes, but whatever is going on in that little mind of his looks terrifying. The other night, he was huddled at the edge of his bed crying. I went to check him and he looked through me, like I wasn’t even there. I spoke softly to him, trying to get him to lay down. I said, “I’m just here mate, lie down” He looked right in my eye his tiny pupils were pin pricks and he whispered, “But what’s that behind you” before he peered terrified, past me, over my shoulder to the door way behind..
There is of course, nothing there, he is just stuck in between asleep and awake, but GEEZ KID!!! CREEP-O.
One night I found him opening the back door, so once he starts, I find it very difficult to sleep. Even when he settles, and even though all the doors are locked and I now keep the keys next to the bed. I am terrified he will actually escape from whatever he is trying to escape from. School the following day is out of the question, he is so exhausted for running, kicking out, crying and fighting things he has no memory of all night.
We have had him to the doctor whose advice was to limit his stimulation before bed and to start a multi vitamin. If it lasts any longer than eight consecutive days, then we begin sedation for three. It’s a normal childhood ailment, like wetting the bed or sucking thumbs. Some kids have them, some kids don’t. He will most likely grow out of it.
A friend of mine whose boy also suffers night terror’s suggested waking him each night just as he falls asleep and let him settle again. I don’t know why, but this seems to work.
This is about as many sentences as I can string together right now..
Have you survived night terrors internet? Any advice?