Saturday, February 26, 2011
Who needs sleep anyway?
We do! I was talking to a few mom's last night who have kids with autism. We were discussing the sleep issues that ours kids have. Then after being up 3 times with my own kiddo last night I groggily log onto Facebook to catch up on what's going on. Two more mom's comment on their kids being up several times through the night! Any given night is like a frat party at our house. I never know where I'll end up in the morning! However.....there's not much fun involved! Wish I knew what was causing all of these sleep issues in these kids. For some it's gut issues, others may be sensory related. For my child, I think it's more of an "anxiety" thing. He likes to know someone is there.....so he's always getting up to check and see. Recently he is now getting up and turning on his light and crawling back into bed. We even got a big stuffed animal to put into bed with him to make him feel more secure (there's no fooling him!) We do use melatonin as well. It does seem to be worse in the winter than in the summer. Maybe because they are outside running around exhausting themselves in the summer! Regardless, all of this interrupted sleep causes problems for all of us. We are tired and crabby and have less patience, and I am sure that it's not good for the kiddo as well, contributing to less focus and more meltdowns. If you have a sleep suggestion that works for your kiddo, leave a comment! Maybe you can help a family get a better nights sleep!