Does your child with #Autism have similar sleep problems? 

Lizze and I are facing a growing challenge when it comes to putting the boys to bed at night and actually having them go to .

Elliott and Emmett went from falling asleep within thirty minutes of laying down, to being up until midnight almost every single night. This started during Christmas break for some reason and we can’t figure out why. I guess the reason doesn’t matter as much as finding a way to fucking fix this because this is getting old.

We had finally gotten Emmett through his I have to fall asleep in your bed and then you can carry me back to mine when you go to sleep phase, around Thanksgiving. It was a glorious time, short-lived as it was.

Nothing really changed during break. We kept the same bedtime and aside from the insane amount of excitement over Christmas, I don’t remember anything being significantly outside of the norm for us.

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Gable Rhoads

Clonidine. After 6 years of little and middle of the night mischief, I resorted to medicine. And I do not regret it!

Joy Hilder

ours has upside down habits…..he sleeps wen we don’t or not at all

Bridget Bly

You don’t mention exercise. Worn out kids go to . It can be difficult to do (especially in your circumstances, I gather), but if you can run them around during the day, they will sleep more at night. Maybe they get more exercise on days than not?

I have read that looking at computer screens isn’t good before going to bed. There are apps/extensions that will change the background color of screens and simulate what the eyes need for nighttime. F.lux I believe, and G.lux for Chrome. Yes, Jacob always had sleep issues. We used melatonin which helped some. Jacob is doing better as an adult with a job and has figured out how to get enough sleep etc. He does still stay up all night at times if he doesn’t have to work. But since he’s supporting himself (even while living with us), I can let… Read more »
Jimmy Rock
More physical activity was already suggested, and it’s a good idea. Also, what do you think makes “camping out” on the couch successful when all else fails? It is being near you? Is it the couch – the material, or hardness/softness compared to their beds? Is it warmer/cooler in the living room? Lighter/darker? Noisier/quieter? Do they use the same blankets/pillows out there? Different smell? Are you watching TV? If it’s anything other than simply being near you I would try as all hell to replicate it in their room. This is hard – plus, you don’t want it to seem… Read more »
Kim Gebhardt
I’m curious, what are they doing in their rooms when they are trying to fall asleep? You mentioned the other night that Elliott tried for over 5 hours to fall asleep. What was he doing during those 5 hours? And when you come downstairs, what do you do? Is the TV turned on or do they play music or use their tablets? Someone else mentioned exercise and that was likely part of the problem; they have recess at school and get to run around a little, but it didn’t sound like there was any running around during Christmas break. That… Read more »
Jimmy Rock
Sorry, tried to reply to your comment but kept getting an invalid captcha code. Then I would try, as much as you can, to give them a change of environment in their own room. For example, let them try to sleep with their heads where their feet normally go and vice versa. Switch it up the best you can but keep them in their beds or at least their room. Is there any rhyme or reason to which nights there might be sleep difficulties? For example, can you track it to eating certain foods? Is there a certain activity that… Read more »

How Melatonin, it’s natural as is ‘Bach Flower Sleep Rescue’ homeopathic remedy, they both work great for me as my problem is getting to sleep with extreme pain. But they both work:~) I buy both online from .smile, good luck, you both need your sleep even when your children don’t!


Our daughter was prescribed melatonin and it really helped. It’s a product the brain naturally makes to allow us to fall asleep but if not enough is produced then can occur. My daughter’s Psychomogist prescribed it and the GP continued the prescription under his guidance.