Usually, newborn babies find luxury in a normal sleep cycle that consists of sleep and wakefulness. This time cycle steadily reduces where they reduce the time phase of sleep during the daytime and twitch to sleep for a longer period during the night. But for some babies, they continue to experience the difficulty of a peaceful sleep through the night. This could be an indication that this could be one of the sleep problems in children with autism.
Issues like irregular sleep and wake cycles, problematic sleep routines, difficult or delayed sleep onset, short sleep duration, early morning wake times causes severe problems in kids. Abnormalities in hormones or neurological disorders can be blamed for irregular sleep.
Autism Spectrum And Sleep Disorder
Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can experience the trouble of falling asleep or staying asleep. This feature of sleep problems in children with autism is not detected in other normal children. The difficulties that shroud the sleep disorders in children with autism are:
- Irregular sleeping and waking routine.
- Sleeping less than expected, or are awake for more hours than required
- Being awake at odd during the night and playing or making noise
- They may feel extremely sleepy during the day
- Lack of a good night’s sleep not only affects the child but also everyone else at home.
Managing Autism Spectrum Disorder Sleep Problems
Managing the sleep problems in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is not an easy task. Some of the sleep problems in children are behavioral and can be rectified using various strategies.
To manage a child with autism having sleep disorder may be difficult and may require a lot of patience and control. Here are some of the best autism and sleep problems advice for managing and settling the kids for a good night’s sleep.
Sleep Routines And Habits
- Develop a fixed bedtime routine. Before going to bed make sure that you and your child are involved in a few pleasurable activities. Irrespective of the place, you can stick to the routine wherever you go.
- A perfect timetable, related to an age chart, must be followed. You must know when the child will be sleepy (but do not keep him/her awake too long or tire him/her) It has been noticed that children with autism who maintain a regular bedtime and wake-up time overcome their sleep orders.
- Pre-warn your child about the approaching bedtime. This is needed as a sudden order to go to bed (without warning) may upset the child.
- Strategies as to how you need to warn your child about the approaching bedtime- A clock or a suitable picture can be used to remind him/her. You can use the same tactic when you’re on holidays too.