October 21, 2020 How to manage sleep disorders in children with ASD
A child on ASD experiences sleep disorders a lot more often than other children due to the sensory overdrive, imbalanced melatonin secretion (which controls the sleep -wake cycle) and higher levels of anxiety.
How can you help the child sleep better?
- Explain the need for sleep and provide assurance when the child starts sleeping alone in his/her room.
- Maintain a sleep diary to track the sleeping patterns as well as identify any factors that could influence the quality of sleep.
- Ensure the room is devoid of any sensory stimuli that may cause sleep disturbances – Block our light using dark curtains, noise using ear plugs for the child, using soothing colors on the walls of the room, keeping electronic distractions away etc.
- Consult a GP to treat food allergies, if any or melatonin imbalance.
- Get a sound sleep yourself.