Autism & Sleep

Most parents I know have had their child go through phases with sleep struggles.

But not to the extent for us Autism parents.

Sleep is elusive.  My son didn’t start sleeping regularly through the night until he hit five and a half.  Even still we have nights with serious struggles.

It was a source of my depression for quite some time.

I was exhausted.  I mean hadn’t really slept well in 5.5 years exhausted.

Lack of sleep causes behavioral struggles in not only the kids but also in the parents as well.

I’d be lying if I said my kids slept perfectly, but I actually sleep more nights than not now, which is the greatest blessing.

It’s crazy how lack of sleep can truly start destroying your body.  I had shingles at 28 years old.  Then again at 30.  My immune system was so weak and depleted from lack of sleep, but we had tried everything.

To be honest I think as EBE has grown he has started to sleep better.  But two things that are an absolute must each night in order for us to get sleep are Tired Teddies and diffusing my beloved sleep potion.

Sleep Potion

10 drops copaiba essential oils

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5 drops lavender

7 drops cedarwood

Tired Teddies are amazing.  I know some parents disagree with the use of a sleep aid, but after years and years of some truly insane nights I gave in and decided to give Tired Teddies a go.

tired teddies

I absolutely love them.  And as parents we regularly take them for sleep as well.  (Just FYI I have no affiliation with the makers of Tired Teddies this is a genuine post from my own personal experiences)

I love that they don’t give you that sleeping pill hangover.

They have a small dose of melatonin as well as chamomile.  They don’t cause night terrors whereas we had that issue with other brands of melatonin.

I truly would suggest these to anyone struggling with sleep.  A gentle sleep aid by a company that I support.

I know having anxiety my sleep can get pretty odd on it’s own.  These are just two things out of an entire tool box we use to combat sleep issues associated with Autism and anxiety.

If you are having trouble sleeping maybe you would find some solace in this post from a previously exhausted mama.

If you have an interest in trying out some oils by Young Living, or would like to sign up to distribute your own essential oils follow the link

Authentically,

Danielle

Author: Danielle

Danielle is a modern day homesteader. She moved from the suburbs of California to the High Desert with her husband and two kids to live a more balanced life. An experienced Autism mom, using animals and nature to work through the struggles of raising two kids on the spectrum. Danielle is writing her first book. A longtime freelancer, and blogger. Daughter of the King.

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