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    Default Tips on helping older kids fall asleep?

    Does anyone else have an older child who has trouble falling asleep? My DS1 is 10yo and takes 2-3 hours to fall asleep every night. It used to be about 2 hours but now it's dragging out to 3, and he is getting so so tired through the day.

    He does have a few issues happening that could be contributing (Aspergers- bed routine it to read in bed, but it seems to be turning into a 'I must finish this book' obsession, he has mild anxiety, he has enlarged adenoids which gives him difficulty breathing and restless sleep- probably apnoea, also his father is an insomniac... so lots of potential issues there!!) BUT, was just wondering if anyone has any helpful tips on falling asleep, and how I can help him to fall asleep.

    I personally fall asleep within seconds of my head hitting the pillow, so I really have no clue about falling to sleep issues.

    Any ideas please?

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    My mum swears by a few drops of lavender oil on the pillow. She has 2 school aged insomniacs!

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    I'm not sure if it would be a good idea given his other issues because I don't know anything about them but what about listening to a story on an iPod or music or something while going to sleep ?

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    I'm an insomniac, things that help me.
    - I dim the lights in the house after dinner, and have little to no artificial light on at night as it interferes with your body clock.
    - Camomile tea, more than 1hr before bed and not with food, hot milk can also act as a relaxant.
    - warm shower with lavender drops immediately before bed.
    - no tv, reading, computer games, iphone or any other brain stimulating activity before bed
    - early dinner so tummy isn't full going to bed. No chocolate, coffee or sugar before bed
    - relaxing music can help but it sometimes makes me irritated, other times the talking on the radio can be soothing (abc talkback)
    - if I am stressed, irritable etc then magnesium and vitamin b can really help to relax me
    - a wheat pack can sooth me enough to fall asleep
    - my mum use to stroke my hair

    Not being able to fall asleep is the worst!

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    Quote Originally Posted by maybenumber3 View Post
    I'm not sure if it would be a good idea given his other issues because I don't know anything about them but what about listening to a story on an iPod or music or something while going to sleep ?

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    I used to have real trouble falling asleep when I was about 12, and my mum bought me a relaxation/ self hypnosis tape (does anyone remember tapes? ). I played it as I was falling asleep and after a few weeks, I was able to fall asleep within about 15 minutes. They probably have podcasts or something similar these days.

    I don't know anything about the interaction between aspergers, his other issues and sleep, so hope the suggestion is appropriate.

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    Thanks heaps for the suggestions.
    I will definitely try the lavender oil. We could try the warm milk too as he loves milk.
    He doesn't have sugary foods in the evening, or much at all actually. He doesn't watch TV or play iPods or anything stimulating before bed either, which I have read is a good thing. I'm thinking I might even speak to his psych next time we're there, or the GP, see if they have any ideas...

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    We have used the Bach Sleep Remedy on DS, he has no medical concerns just can take up to an hour or more to go to sleep. Does seem to help and he doesn't seem to wake up during the night as much when he's had them. I'm a terrible sleeper so can't offer anything else sorry.

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    I'm an insomniac and asbergers and completely understand the 'must finish book' thing. I always had trouble as a child and still do - mainly with switching off my brain. I find that listening to QI (British comedy panel show) helps me as it allows me to focus on something. I tried other audio things but that has been the best for me. I'm not suggesting you use that(!) but all I'm saying is if one audio thing doesn't work look around for different ones. For me it was facts and comedy, for your child it may be stories, poems, facts etc. You can buy actual under the pillow speakers. I have one that goes inside my pillow and I just plug it into my iPhone with a sleep timer app so it isn't on all night.
    I used to also use lavender but the audio is something that has worked best for me!

    Good luck!


 

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