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Helping Your Child With Autism Get a Good Night's Sleep
Children with autism may have trouble sleeping -- and that affects the whole family. WebMD explains how to help your child get a good night's sleep.
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Inconsistent sleep routines
- Restlessness or poor sleep quality
- Waking early and waking frequently
What causes sleep disorders in children with autism?
What kind of effects do sleep problems have?
- Increased behavioral problems
- Poor learning and cognitive performance
- Ages 1-3: 12-14 hours of sleep per day
- Ages 3-6: 10-12 hours of sleep per day
- Ages 7-12: 10-11 hours of sleep per day
How can I help my child sleep better?
- Help your child relax before bed by reading a book, giving a gentle back massage, or turning on soft music.
- Shut down television, video games, and other stimulating activities at least an hour before bedtime.
- To prevent sensory distractions during the night, put heavy curtains on your child's windows to block out the light, install thick carpeting, and make sure the door doesn't creak.
- Ask your pediatrician about giving your child melatonin just before bedtime. It may help normalize sleep-wake cycles in autistic children who have sleeping issues, ...
- Talk to a sleep psychologist about bright-light therapy. Exposing the child to periods of bright light in the morning may help regulate the body's release of melatonin.