As an autistic person, many of my problems with sleeping are caused by problems with sleep, and I do not blame the people around me for giving me frequent waking up hours. Having said that, there are some things you can do to help your son/daughter with sleep problems.
Firstly, don’t mess around with them when they are in bed. I realize that this may be something you would prefer your child not be troubled with while asleep, but it is important that they are safe and have peace of mind that nothing is going to wake them up.
So, no running about when they are asleep and just keeping them nice and comfortable in bed all the time. You can play your favourite songs or favourite videos or get up and play with them.
As I am sure you know, keeping your son/daughter’s night’s schedule is important. If your child has trouble falling asleep, or staying asleep, then find out what works best for your family and stick to it.
The new thing in the last few years is the use of the internet to find out what your family uses and doesn’t use in order to get their old ways back. Now you can find all kinds of information about sleep remedies, aromatherapy, aromatherapy products and even recipes.There are lots of sites on the net, but be careful, and make sure they sleeping problems are safe.
Remember, the home where you live will have lots of things your child may be using to help with his/her sleeping problems. You have to look out for anything that could be potentially harmful to your child’s health.
So, look for some over the counter products such as anti-allergymedicine
to help your child’s mattress. They do not work, but they are cheaper than paying the specialist.
Another problem in your child’s bedroom is, if the doors and windows are blocked by wires, pipes etc. If so, there are special cords and wires available from any hardware store that can be threaded through.
A good way to get around this is to buy a blanket that wraps around the front of the house to create a gap which can be stuffed. Then, secure the blanket to the door or window using one of the numerous self adhesive tapes.
Simple tips like these are very helpful and give you a clear idea as to what your child is being used to doing and they don’t need to be bothered. So, start off by thinking about what you can do to help.