Akila has issues with falling asleep, and staying asleep. She takes Melatonin and Trazodone to aid in her sleep. I am writing an article with my friend Jerrod Brown on FASD and sleep issues. At the end of the article, we are listing strategies for assisting in dealing with the sleep disorders that our children, therefore our families face. I am going to list some of the strategies that have been brainstormed already, but would love any ideas or suggestions any of you may have that are not on the list. This list has some things that families may find helpful, certainly they would not all work for everyone, but it would be a pick and choose kind of list:
- Medications including Melatonin, Trazodone and others.
- Staggering bedtime for different children in your family
- Consistent bedtime ritual
- Going to a sleep disorder clinic for a sleep study
- Weighted blankets
- White noise, fans
- No screen time one hour before bedtime
- Comfort item
- Night light in room
- Reduce clutter and stimulation in bedroom if possible
- Bath before bedtime
- Deep breathing or yoga late in the evening
- Keeping same bedtime and same wake time
Also wondering if anyone has found anything that helps with teenagers who have FASD and sleep issues. It can sometimes be hard to get them to take sleep meds. I fully realize that most teenagers stay up late, and that this is often the norm, and that sleep is vital to the teenage body and brain development. But I also know of some families who are really struggling right now with their teenagers not sleeping at night.
So please feel free to comment away or email me with any ideas or things you think we should include in the article.
On a side note, I will be sleeping in tomorrow as Akila is in respite this weekend. I don't mean to rub it in or anything for all you who might not get to sleep in, but I am really looking forward to it! Sweet dreams.