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Why Won’t You Go To Sleep?


30-Ways-CoverIt is estimated that between 60% and 80% of Autistic children have difficulty sleeping. This can include trouble falling asleep, restlessness and poor sleep quality, thrashing about, and early rising.

To address the toll this takes on children and their parents, Autism Specialist Debi Taylor has written an e-book called 30 Ways To Get Your Child With Autism to Go to Sleep with easy and practical tips that can be done in your own home, including:

✔ Calming sensory routines
✔ Suggestions for safe supplements to give your child
✔ Foods that may be making your child hyper and keeping him awake
✔ An ancient Chinese massage technique that greatly improves mood,
behavior, and sleep patterns
✔ How the color of your child’s room may set off unwanted stimulation
✔ Links to helpful resources, and more

Debi is the founder of Spirit of Autism and is the parent of an autistic child. You can check out the book here.



4 thoughts on “Why Won’t You Go To Sleep?

  1. Real quick, 3 mg works wonders for my son. He’s 18 now, but we started taking this supplement many years ago and it has been a Godsend. Didn’t start working immediately for some reason. But now, a night never goes by without taking it.

  2. Forgot to mention that I was talking about Melatonin!

    • Thanks for your input, MBMiranda! Melatonin is a wonderful supplement. The other thing I found that works really well for Corban (who is now 11 years old) is a bath with Epsom Salts (magnesium sulfate) before bed. He soaks for no less than 20 minutes and it helps him to relax. 🙂

  3. Would not recommend until you talk to doctor, but benadryl worked well for tough nights. Its pretty mild and, although some are hesitant about the idea, a good night sleep is important…
    and the parent’s sanity is important, too…lets face it, as parents we can’t be at our best when we don’t have sleep either and artism demands our best.

    As we introduced melatonin and other therapies, they worked great, but took time. We have not use benadryl in years and had no backlash from stopping its use.

    Its a marathon. You gotta take care of your self, too. You owe that to your kid.

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