Hi, looking for some advice on what to do about my sons sleep. He is soon to be 6 and diagnosed with ADHD last summer as well as sleep apnea.He has a lot of anxiety about going to sleep most nights. He is fearful of nightmares. After sleeping with my husband and I for 6 months (due to sheer exhaustion from all 3 of us getting up so frequently) we have recently put him and my 2 1/2 yr old son in the same room to hopefully help comfort him. Saftey in numbers right? Made the room super special for them and comforting. First 2 nights went great and now we are back to same behavior of very weepy and anxious to fall asleep and then waking very frequently due to bad dreams. We are treating the apnea with surgery coming up next week so am hopeful that will help with the being able to stay asleep portion but am really lost with what to do about his sleep anxiety. With us both working and him needing to also function this is so draining. We have talked about his bad dreams and how he is safe with mom and dad right next door, made room cozy and inviting. Little brother sleeping like a champ in bottom bunk.
He is currently taking Ritalin long lasting at 7:30am and then needs a short acting booster at 3pm to make it until 6:00ish.
To note he did have these same issues well before starting meds so dont think that is playing a role. We currently are seeing a pediatric neurologist for his medication management.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!