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Season 1, Episode 9

Sleep Issues and Autism – Part 1

Jan 15, 2019 | biomed, sleep | 2 comments

Falling asleep and staying asleep can be difficult for those on the autism spectrum. Many parents live in a state of constant sleep deprivation. In this first episode of our two-part series on sleep, Lily shares her own experience with her son waking for 2-4 hours every night for 2 years and what she did to resolve his sleep issues. She offers some relevant research and covers 5 common causes of sleep problems to give you a better understanding of what may help your child find sleep.


  1. MommyofTwins

    Great podcast thank you! Food intolerance were definitely a big one for us and digestive enzymes I believe have helped a lot. For us it was a combination of other things as well, like I noticed when my son has afternoon naps he sleeps better at night. That he needs enough water during the day (not just before sleeping), and ensuring that he is well hydrated throughout the day was very important. A better pooping cycle (not constipated) was also key. This all revolves around food but there was also keeping a very quiet and dark environment. Absolute darkness was very important so that when he woke up in the middle of the night there was nothing to encourage him to stay awake, and would fall back asleep quickly. Melatonin, which is a hormone produced in the brain’s pineal glad, is produced in darkness. One last thing I think has helped us a lot was ensuring he was warm enough – especially that he pushes the covers at night. So onesies are llifesavers! A combination of everything together (in addition to some calming classical music and scented candles) has helped a lot! Also would be important to look out for hidden nuisances such as ear infections!

  2. Lily

    Fantastic tips, MommyofTwins!! Those are all super important. Thank you for sharing what worked for you <3


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