Is there any thing can help autistic kid to stay asleep during the night? My son usually gets up in the middle of the night for 2- 3 hours then he goes back to sleep . Now he is 7 years old and we had this sleep problem since he was a baby . We had tried several kind of sleep medications but nothing really worked . Any advice would be appreciated.
It's our understanding that the melatonin helps them FALL asleep, and the benadryl KEEPS them asleep.
I put an mp3 player in my sons room. I loaded it with old radio shows. It worked after about three nights. My son (like me) needed a brain distraction to b able to fully relax. Melatonin didnt work for him.
Hi maryjohn12, my son sounds very similar, he’s 9, and will go to sleep quite well, but wakes and is up for 1-2 hours in the night around 1am. Our paediatrician says melatonin is only useful for falling asleep, not staying asleep. I listened to a fascinating podcast regarding sleep/ASD with exactly these issues. Try googling it? Hope this helped.
No naps. Maybe more exercise during the day (that makes a difference with our son for sure). Before bed, quiet activities, NO ELECTRONICS. Read a book together in his bed or let him.
Other then that, I would let him be awake as long as he can stay quit in his room and play. NO ELECTRONICS. His body will put him asleep when he needs it.