Sleep—or the lack of it—was on my mind last week when I wrote about a study that connected sleep to intellectual performance. When I posted the blog on Facebook, seeking advice, the response was overwhelming. Other parents, friends, and people I don't even know replied. Here are some tips I got for helping kids—especially those with autism and other special needs—get some sleep.
I'm including the original Facebook posts here, edited for anonymity, so you can read the context along with the advice. I've already tried #1 and #3, and Liam, my 7-year-old with autism, has slept through the night three times this week! Of course, before you try any of these tips—especially those involving a sleep aid or essential oil—be sure to check with your child's doctor.
Obviously, there's a mix of tips here—from reading sleep guides, to over-the-counter meds, to modifying daily activities, to intense, prescription drugs—and I'm picking and choosing what might work best for my child. Thanks to all who contributed—and, although I'm still figuring out Liam's sleep patterns, I feel much less alone in my worry and exhaustion. Wishing you all a good night's sleep!
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