My 7-year-old son (with high functioning autism & ADHD) keeps waking up through the night and I really believe it's contributing to him having a cruddy day at school almost every day. I always hear him talking at night...I go into his room and he's either acting out an action scene from a movie or pretending to be a teacher in a classroom. He also tosses and turns, and is usually up at 3-4 am and unable to get back to sleep.
On the few nights that he really sleeps through the night, the next day usually goes really smoothly. On nights that he struggles with sleep, the next day is terrible.
I read that kids with autism generally produce Melatonin at odd times through the day, not at night as should be the case, so autism and sleep disorders seem to go hand and hand....and it might mean that he needs a melatonin supplement.
I've had him scheduled for a visit to a sleep clinic at the children's hospital here in Denver and in a couple weeks he will be undergoing a sleep study and I'll be sure to report the results. It's possible someone else out there may read this and decide to examine that possibility with their child as well....especially the ones that have an ADHD diagnosis.
I have a 6 year old with autism who was sleeping really badly like this too. He would almost always wake up between 2 and 4 am and not be able to get back to sleep. I have found a supplement (even though I usually am skeptical) that works for him so well I can't believe it. Its called My Aminoplex by Crayhon research. He actually takes it in the morning or afternoon and it started working within a few days. I want to get the word out because I see so many people struggling with sleep like we were.
hi, im son has a condition called hydrocepholus he has severe epelepsy, learing diffuculties and now i bellive his developed autisim. all the signs are there, he too wakes at nite time and finds it hard to go back to sleep, he does have a nap at school thou. im realy new to this so would love to know more to how my son and i can cope with this. his gone have some test soon
Hi, I have a 4year old that has autism and we were told that kidos with autism don't produce seretonin so there for the doctors agree that we need to give Melatonin. And as we know we would like our kidos to be free of drugs that they don't need. So I'm pleased with less restless night. You can get these at Walmart, Walgreens.