I don’t know about you, but I love to sleep!
Did you know that between 40% to 80% (statistic from WebMD) of children with autism have difficulty sleeping? The biggest issues for children are:
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Inconsistent sleep routines
- Restlessness/poor sleep quality
- Waking early or waking frequently through the night
YIKES! This isn’t fun for the child or YOU! Like I said earlier, I like to SLEEP!
So here are some suggestions to help your child sleep better at night (and you’ll have a better night too)!
- AVOID sugar or caffeine at night.
- Have a bedtime routine! This is important. Maybe you watch a show with lights turned down, give a bath, read together, then put your child to bed.
- Gentle massage and soft background music can also help your child relax.
- Shut off TV, video games and other stimulating activities an hour before bed.
- Create a calming bedroom: darkening curtains and blinds to keep out morning light, comfortable temperature and some children like a weighted blanket to make them feel secure.
- Ask your doctor about Melatonin. I buy the chewables at Target (dietary supplement aisle.) It really helps my son fall asleep faster and easier. Melatonin is safe and effective. (Consult your pediatrician first…I’m no doctor!)