And the crazy thing is that he reports he is not ever tired during the day.
Jacob and I have pulled out all the stops, including:
- A brand new queen-sized bed
- A special cd from a fancy schmancy sleep institute (that he selected after an evening of previewing them on-line)
- Multiple kinds of tea
- Melatonin and some homeopathic remedy recommended by a guy working at Whole Foods (which, in our sleep-deprived state, set off Argument #4 between Jacob and I on what we were going to try)
- Regular warm baths in the evening
- A heated up rice bag
- An earlier bedtime and extended reading periods
- Lots of back scratching, deep breathing and even some guided meditations
- And yes, I'm kind of embarrassed to say we even played around with a little Benadryl in the hopes that if he could just "get over the hump" and show him that he COULD fall asleep it would break this psychological lock on him (my guilt here was only compounded by the fact that the box specifically says "Do Not Use to Induce Drowsiness In Your Child").
Today we took him to the doctor to rule out any physical issues but to also score a counseling referral. It is a very bizarre thing to be talking to someone at Mental Health Services about your eight year old. The woman doing the referral had to spend some time looking to find someone who saw patients that young. Hopefully, we can get to the bottom of this anxiety and what is driving it. If he can't get anywhere with a counselor, we do have a psychiatric appointment in late December but for now we're just going to continue to take it one night at a time.