Sniffling tic causes problems with sleep, draws unwanted attention

My 11-year-old son was diagnosed first with chronic tic disorder and most recently Tourette Syndrome. Both my husband and father-in-law had undiagnosed tics as children, with some residual effects into adulthood.

The toughest tic we are currently battling is my son’s sniffling tic, which is noisy and draws unwanted attention to him. He has a 504 plan at school for breaks if he needs them. Currently, this sniffing tic is affecting his ability to get to sleep. We have a neurologist appointment coming up, so we’ll see what happens.


  1. Sheila, I hope that you’re able to find something to help your son. Hopefully this tic will pass soon. I know that lack of sleep can set off the whole vicious cycle of making all the symptoms worse. Let us know how the neuro appt goes.

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