If your child is not sleeping, then it means that you are not sleeping either – which is going to impact how you are dealing with your child’s behavior. If this situation sounds familiar, here are a few things you can do to try to help your child get a good night’s rest:
1. Keep a sleep diary. By keeping a daily record of the day and night, it might help you to discern if there are things that are causing a night of poor sleep.
2. Foods that are a stimulate – like sugar and caffeine – should be avoided before bedtime.
3. Entertainment that can be stimulating should also be avoided. Instead of television or computer time, try something soothing and relaxing like reading a story or a light massage. Also keep the house quiet.
4. Start a bedtime routine and stick to it.
5. If problems persist, see your child’s doctor.
A good night’s sleep is very valuable. You and your child deserve it. It may be a struggle to get it under control, but be patient. For more information, I recommend The National Autistic Society – Sleep and Autism – Helping Your Child.
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