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Is your child getting enough sleep?

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What are the signs that someone may not be sleeping long enough or well enough?

People who are deprived of adequate sleep often exhibit one or more of the following:

hyperactivity

lethargy

daytime sleepiness

problems focusing

inattention

concentration difficulties

fussiness

irritability

grouchiness

obesity

low energy

arguing

rudeness

short temper

increased illness

aggression

tantrums

meltdowns

incomplete work

inaccurate work

attitude of "I don't care"

forgetfulness

poor learning

poor reasoning & decisions


If your loved one exhibits one or more of these symptoms, you need to determine if they are consistently obtaining the right amount and type of sleep.

 

Routine for settling down and going to sleep

For individuals who have difficulty settling down and going to sleep, it is important to follow a consistent sleep routine. We have helped countless toddlers, children, teens and adults, especially those who have Autism Spectrum Disorders, AD/HD, anxiety, sensory dysfunction and other neurobehavioral disorders, be able to settle down and go to sleep— some for the first time in years—by following this routine.

  Identify the time the person needs to awaken in the morning.
  Identify the number of hours of sleep the person needs based on sleep guide. Determine what time the person needs to go to sleep in order to obtain the recommended amount of sleep or simply use sleep guide.
  No caffeine after 2:00 pm.
  Schedule a bath or shower 1-2 hours before the time the person needs to go to sleep. Baths and showers are highly over-stimulating for many people who have neurobehavioral disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorders, AD/HD, sensory dysfunction, etc. The person needs 1-2 hours to relax following a bath or shower. After 2 hours following bath or shower, the person can begin to feel over-stimulated once again, which interferes with falling asleep.



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