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Mine who is also autistic have some sleep problems too. Mine wakes up anywhere from 11, midnight, 1, 2, 3 then wakes ip again at 4,5,6. There’s no pattern to his waking up so wake to sleep was not a choice. I tried many things too and I’m in the second month trying more stuff and as I progress, its slowly getting better. So my findings were, try to tire them out but not too tired, dinner at 5pm (large dinner but limit water), melatonin (ask ur dr), night time routine of warm bath and two books after (30 min), then cuddle time (5min), then dark room but with a very small light (not enough to light up the room but enough for me to see his silhouette to see if he is sitting up on toddler bed; light is either red or orange as it helps with sleep signals apparently), he sleeps in toddler bed next to my bed so not enough for him to wake if I move, he sleeps with me as he seems to get scared of being alone in a room plus I am a quiet sleeper so I dont wake him, oh btw bedtime is now at 7pm but he is normally trying to sleep at 7:30-8pm definitely asleep at 8:30pm. I also have him in a diaper (he is two) and add a sposie with diaper so he wont leak, leaking can also be a reason why they wake up, room is always 73-74 degrees since apparently toddlers are not comfortable 75 degrees or more from what I read, light muslin blanket which happens to my son’s comfy item. After two months of trial and error, now he wakes up at 4am so from 8:30-4am at least gives him 7.5 hours of sleep, way better than 1-3 hours from before. Naps for 1.5 hours at 1pm in the afternoon and we wake him up at 2:30pm which is a must.