Hi there, BigDaddyMayhem!
Thanks for reaching out to the Apple Support Communities! It sounds like you have been having issued with your Notifications not appearing when you swipe down to view them. You’ve tried an excellent step restarting the device and I am happy to help out! At this point, it would be a good idea to be sure there is not a software issue as the root cause of this for you.
- Check out this article for the steps for How to backup your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Use this article for the steps to Use iTunes on your Mac or PC to restore your iPhone, iPad, or iPod to factory settings.
- Once that is done, set the phone up as new and test the phone to see if the issue is still going on. Then, follow this article to
Restore your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from a backup
Let me know the results and take care!