Posted in Behavior, Developmental Disorders, Sleep, Toddlers

Waking up angry...

Looking for some helpful tips on how I can help my son sleep better. He is two years old and has always woke up every 45-60 minutes during the night. Most of the time he wakes up screaming, punching, crying, and kicking. I have tried black out curtains, sound machines, night lights, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, music, changing the temperature, heavy blankets, no blankets, no nap during the day, keeping him up later...... His doctor said this is normal with ASD, but I feel like I’ll go crazy if something doesn’t change! Any tips would be greatly appreciated!

  • Andrea
    Mar 25

    I would ask for a sleep study to rule out any comorbid conditions that could be affecting sleep (swollen tonsils, apnea, etc.). My son also has ASD and will go through spells of night waking, but not to this extent, and at 3 regularly sleeps a solid 10-12 hours per night (no nap). It can take a few months to get into a sleep specialist/lab, so a good OT with training in rythmic movement therapy and maybe even craniosacral therapy may be able to help too.

  • Alena
    Mar 28

    Agree with Andrea, I would rule out seizures first. My ASD kid sleeps 9-10 hours without a single peep, he is 7 now, he slept fairly well when he was 9yo too. Also try melatonin and letting him sleep with you

  • Tiffany
    Apr 15

    I know the feeling. This is 10 years of the same with my daughter and we’ve tried everything . Finally getting a sleep study done. GET ONE DONE. Rule out everything. Anxiety is big with kids on the spectrum as well. My child when she was younger had a lot of anxiety. Sounds too. I have a very quiet room.