Of all of us in this family, my daughter Lilia has had the hardest time with jet lag. She is always the last to get back to normal sleeping patterns after a trip around half the world. True to form, Jio managed to stay up till about 7Pm last night and slept till morning, after having returned to Japan from the U.S. the day before. Lilia, however, fell asleep around 1PM and awoke at 11Pm.
I’ve always thought that this had something to do with one of her disabilities, but I wasn’t quite sure what. Last night, after only three hours of sleep in 24 hours, I did an Internet search and discovered that children with cerebral palsy and ADHD (both neurological disorders) often have trouble sleeping. It makes sense. The pineal gland, which secretes melatonin, is in the brain, and my daughter’s brain is injured so it’s likely that the pineal gland is not always functioning so well in her case. I also read that melatonin has been used to treat children with cerebral palsy who have a hard time sleeping.
This is probably something that most mothers of children with cerebral palsy already know about, but it was a revelation to me.