But overnight, such a peaceful time. You want everything dark, and quiet, and to sleep solidly and restfully. And you want that comfort and peace and routine for your children.
I don’t understand why many children with autism cannot sleep at night. Chris is up now, it is 2:45 a.m. We thought he would be up – he has this weird giggle that starts about 5 or 6 p.m. on nights that he won’t sleep, and strangely enough, like the beginning before they say “Wipeout” in that famous song. Whenever he makes that giggle Rog and I look at each other and usually say, “Wipeout,” and then say, or think, “Up all night.”
I am glad when he stays up all night at our house, as that means the next night when he’s at Rog’s mom’s and dad’s, back with him staying there too, with him, he should sleep. We all need to share the care. I just wish I knew why he doesn’t sleep. We have tried about 20 different medicines, many of which make all people sleep all of the time, seemingly. But not Chris. He is on melatonin but it doesn’t so anything – – – Clonidine worked for 6 years but wore off – we tried it again but it didn’t work. Geodon worked for about 3 years, then wore off. Those were the only two meds that ever worked.
http://www.webmd.com/brain/autism/helping-your-child-with-autism-get-a-good-nights-sleep?page=2 may help some individuals who can’t sleep with autism. Hmm. I hadn’t heard of the ending item, bright-light therapy. Maybe something to bring up as another treatment?