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ed_newbie
My d has never been a great sleeper as a child. She didn't sleep thru the night until she was 18 months old. Has always had trouble winding down at night. Nervous about the dark, strange noises, etc. As she grew older things settled down and once she fell asleep she slept soundly and deeply.

When she was underweight last year she didn't sleep well and it seemed to get worse during re-feeding. Waking during the night for long periods and exhausted each morning at the alarm.

D was weighed today and she is basically weight restored at this point (whatever that means to a growing child). Coincidentally I have noticed some interesting changes this week.
She has asked to go to bed a few times - normally she fights bedtime.
She independently without much prodding from me has gotten herself ready for bed - I'm usually chasing her with a toothbrush.
Last night we had severe thunder, lightening and strong winds. She slept through it while lots of her friends said they were awoken by it.

Anyone have similar experiences? I hope this continues and pray that better sleep quantity and quality will eventually lessen some of her depression and anxiety. Thoughts??

"Lineage, personality and environment may shape you, but they do not define your full potential."    Mollie Marti  

ed_newbie

15 yr old d diagnosed with AN late December 2015 at the age of 12 after a 23 lb weight loss during prior 3 months. Started FBT/Maudsley at home on Christmas Eve with support from amazing local nutritionist specializing in ED and trained in FBT. WR Feb 2016 and pushing our way through puberty and rapid growth.
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hopefulmama
My d was similar to yours.  She never was a good sleeper and didn't sleep through the night regularly until she was 3. When she was sick, her sleep was awful.  She couldn't fall asleep, couldn't stay asleep and when she was asleep she had terrible nightmares. Once weight restored, her sleep improved dramatically. When she is home now from college, I love it that she sleeps until noon! She loves her bed and loves to sleep! 

Keep up the great work!
Enjoying my 23 year-old daughter's achievement of active recovery that was made possible by the resources and education I found on this forum.

Don't give up hope!
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ed_newbie
Mousy I noticed in your profile that your d is a competitive athlete.  Is she back to her pre-illness physical activities, and if so, do you think this contributes to better sleep?

"Lineage, personality and environment may shape you, but they do not define your full potential."    Mollie Marti  

ed_newbie

15 yr old d diagnosed with AN late December 2015 at the age of 12 after a 23 lb weight loss during prior 3 months. Started FBT/Maudsley at home on Christmas Eve with support from amazing local nutritionist specializing in ED and trained in FBT. WR Feb 2016 and pushing our way through puberty and rapid growth.
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skechers
If things don't improve, try some diphenhydramine hydrochloride- commonly known as Benadryl. It's a great little over the counter drug, good for allergies, sleeping, and anxiety. Our whole family uses it when needed.
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ed_newbie
Mousy it sounds like she loves her sport and that motivates her to continue her recovery which is great! I feel like there will always be doubts for many of us and we should go with our instincts if it feels right. Now we have the tools to right the ship if they stray off course.

"Lineage, personality and environment may shape you, but they do not define your full potential."    Mollie Marti  

ed_newbie

15 yr old d diagnosed with AN late December 2015 at the age of 12 after a 23 lb weight loss during prior 3 months. Started FBT/Maudsley at home on Christmas Eve with support from amazing local nutritionist specializing in ED and trained in FBT. WR Feb 2016 and pushing our way through puberty and rapid growth.
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