When you hear Jimi Hendrix from Charlie's room at 11pm, you know it could be a 4am-er. I've hesitated to give him too much melatonin, out of concern that he would have a hard time waking up and getting to school. The nurse at the neurologist told us that melatonin helps you fall asleep, but doesn't keep you asleep.
We've been giving Charlie the same dose of melatonin since he was about 9 or 10 and he clearly has grown. I gave him some time around 11pm last night and at about a quarter to 1am his eyes were drooping while he was watching something on his iPad and he went to sleep. And, he just got on the bus with zero drama.
A friend's teenage son had told us that he takes melatonin so he doesn't stay up all night playing video games.
Despite Charlie still watching plenty of preschooler fare and his liking for Barney, Disney and (of late) a round or two of 'The Chipmunk Song,' he is a teenager with habits more like my 'um, Dr. Chew, stayed up till 5 playing video games (but it's such a great game!)' students. He chafes -- recoils -- at cutesifying treatment as much as I did when I was his age.
He also handles things like waiting an hour due to a thunderstorm for a bike ride, going out for 10 minutes and turning back due to thunder, going out for a nice evening ride, not going for a requested walk at 9.30pm because it really was dark and walks don't necessarily settle him -- handled it all well.