Exercise and Sleep

Exercise seems to be emerging as another piece to Michael’s puzzle.  We always knew that it was very important for him to move around, but it amazed me this week to see how strongly the lack of exercise affected him.  With the gorgeous weather last week, we spent hours and hours outside.  The boys would run around, help with clearing the brush, Michael would climb our tree and jump off his playhouse.  With the rain we had Monday and Tuesday we had to stay inside, and immediately by Monday night he could not sleep.  Tuesday was absolutely horrible.  The kids were grouchy, tired, and hyper, which is pretty much their worst combination ever.

We visited with our RDI consultant again Wednesday.  We are still trying to walk Michael through his self control training.  It’s very hard right now.  He doesn’t want to cooperate, and I have to carry him a lot, but when I can run preventative interference for him, he does well.  Now we have to figure out how to weave the exercise factor into this.

I worked at it very hard yesterday.  We spent an hour at the park in the afternoon and another hour outside after dinner.  The boys had a lot of fun and burnt a lot of energy but were clearly tired at the end of the day.  It was the first time I saw Michael VOLUNTEER to go to bed!  I was so excited, but then in his usual fashion, as soon as he was in bed, he went from sleepy to wide awake and could not pass out.  He bounced around in bed for two hours, though I guess I should be grateful it was not his typical three hour stretch to sleep.  It didn’t seem like a good trade-off though, two hours of outside time for one less hour of sleeplessness.  We’re gonna keep up with the outside thing, and I’m really hoping there’s a good cumulative effect.  At the very least, he didn’t wake up in the middle of the night, and that’s a really big deal.  I do hope we find a good exercise/sleep rhythm for him.

May you all have a very blessed Easter!!

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