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What percentage of kids with autism have sleep problems?

What percentage of kids with autism have sleep problems?

It's common: While i don't have a specific percentage, it's pretty common, and most of the kids i see have a sleep disorder of some sort. Sometimes it's difficulty getting to sleep, staying asleep, winding down, or having a correct day/night cycle. There are medications that can help, but consult with your pediatrician and / or a sleep expert to get a specific regimen. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

ASD are a spectrum of disorders of varying degrees that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as ...Read more


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My 5 year old son has low functioning autism and does not sleep through the night what can we do to help him?

My 5 year old son has low functioning autism and does not sleep through the night what can we do to help him?

Autism: His sleep problem may be due to difficulty unwinding from agitation or from recurrent fears at night. A good bedtime routine, sleep hygiene can help him, find out what soothes him. Physical daytime activities that get him tired at night may help. Work with a child psychiatrist, medications can help with low functioning autism. ...Read more

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4yo has severe laryngomalacia, sleep apnea, aspirates, history of hypotonia & gross motor delay, MTHFR, midline defects, SPD, possible autism. Causes?

4yo has severe laryngomalacia, sleep apnea, aspirates, history of hypotonia & gross motor delay, MTHFR, midline defects, SPD, possible autism. Causes?

Mgt, workup: The severe laryngomalacia can cause and contribute to sleep apnea and aspiration. I would suggest an evaluation by ENT and a sleep study to evaluate the need for CPAP. Speech and development can help with coordination/swallowing mechanisms. A virtual appointment: healthtap.com/DosanjhMD Code: NCYHPZ ...Read more

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Is there any sleep problems that Drs can't hrlp?

Is there any sleep problems that Drs can't hrlp?

I like your thoughts: As if to say that so far as you've found-- none of the sleep problems you've had have been helped by Drs? LOL...well, you may have a point. Look, the truth is that sleep problems are like anything else. Best way to crack the code is by GATHERING the facts & details before launching into treatment. The truth is, "sleep problems" are looked at MOSTLY as insomnia for which drugs should work. Gronk! ...Read more

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What's a good treatment for sleep problems?

What's a good treatment for sleep problems?

Cognitive behavioral: The most effective treatment for insomnia is cognitive behavioral therapy. 1. Sleep hygiene therapy. This focuses on trying to make sure that the room that you’re going to sleep in is cool, dark and quiet, and that you’re making an appropriate transition to sleep. 2. Sleep restriction therapy. Retraining your mind to associate bed with sleep rather than worrying about not sleeping. ...Read more

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What are the causes of sleep problems and body aches?

What are the causes of sleep problems and body aches?

Many factors: Body aches, by themselves, can cause sleep problems. Poor sleep is usually due to being aroused from sleep and this is often due to pain from some area of the body. An over the counter pain medication such as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) taken one hour before retiring can help alleviate aches while sleeping. A 'sleep study' can provide more data-see your doctor for more info. ...Read more

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What is the best way to resolve insomnia and sleeping problems?

What is the best way to resolve insomnia and sleeping problems?

Insomnia: Depending on the causes which need to be treated first. For primary insomnia with no apparent cause, sleep hygeine works fairly well. ...Read more

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What is the reason of sleep problems?Going to sleep at 4am and waking up late.

What is the reason of sleep problems?Going to sleep at 4am and waking up late.

Various: Sleep cycles are sensitive to many different influences. These may be the food you eat, concern about something, weather, and sleep environment. Look to see the differences in your life before the problem began and at the time of the problem and you may see the cause. ...Read more

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Most ridiculous sleep problems. Early morning waking/ is melatonin still made ?

Most ridiculous sleep problems. Early morning waking/ is melatonin still made ?

Sleep maintance ....: Need more details but looks like..Sleep maintance difficulty so keep same sleep wake cycle, avoid caffeine in afternoon and any day time naps. Sleep restriction therapy and not to sleep in bed or stay in bed , if cannot fall/stay a sleep >15 min. Look for any medication side effect if on. Melatonin at bed time can be tried. Exercise regularly and if constipated take supplements for regular bm. ...Read more

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My 2.5 year old use to have sleep problems then they went away now there back not wanting to go to sleep and waking up 2 or 3 times a night?

My 2.5 year old use to have sleep problems then they went away now there back not wanting to go to sleep and waking up 2 or 3 times a night?

Sleep problems: Not wanting to go to sleep can be normal in a toddler who doesn't want to miss anything, but the waking up is not. Is your toddler having night terrors? Snoring? Is there activity in the house with lights on and noise that could account for the awakenings? Please see the child's pediatrician to discuss the problem. Some children suffer from sleep apnea, important to rule out. ...Read more

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I have had increasingly worse insomnia problems for the past 9 months. I am averaging a sleep cycle (4-8 hours) every 48-72 hours. Suggestions?

I have had increasingly worse insomnia problems for the past 9 months.  I am averaging a sleep cycle (4-8 hours) every 48-72 hours.  Suggestions?

Assessment: This is unlikely to be primary insomnia (insomnia that is not caused by another condition). A sudden change in sleep is also not usually the pattern for two other common sleep disorders (obstructive sleep apnea and restless legs syndrome) so the most likely explanation is either a mood or anxiety disorder. Contact your doctor. You can get help but first you need a thorough assessment. ...Read more

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Sleep problems about 4 ,onthes now?

Sleep problems about 4 ,onthes now?

Seek help: Not sleeping well for 4 months is going to take a toll on you. Have you talked to your primary care doctor or have a sleep study done? If not get evaluated to find out the reasons. Have you practiced sleep hygiene -- going to bed at the same time; no naps in the afternoon, no caffeine after 2 or 3 pm; keeping your room on the chilly side, white noise machine? In any case, talk to your doctor ...Read more

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What do you advise if I'm having extreme sleep problems?

What do you advise if I'm having extreme sleep problems?

See a psychiatrist: if you don't have a psychiatrist then make appt with your pcp. they may be able to help or point you to a good psych. if mood related then hopefully they come up with a plan. if no mood problems then see a sleep medicine physician. work on your sleep hygiene, exercise, no caffeine after 1pm, no tobacco, no alcohol... ...Read more

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Are there alternative medicines to deal with my sleep problems?

Are there alternative medicines to deal with my sleep problems?

Several: Discuss this with your own physician, but some people find benefit in the use of valerian, passion flower, or kava-kava. Be aware that the latter has been implicated in liver dysfunction in some patients. Also classical homeopathy with a skilled homeopath taking your case, can be very helpful. As my colleague states, cbt can be very useful -- but is not really "alternative medicine.". ...Read more

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How can I help someone with mental illness cope with sleep problems?

How can I help someone with mental illness cope with sleep problems?

Sleep Mental Issues: Sleep disturbance is common in many mental health issues.Regulating a good sleep aids in treatment.Assuring regular times of sleep.If on meds taking it morning or night is important to check with your md.At times sleep inducers can be used to get the rhythm back but with good mood/anxiety/adhd symptoms control sleep will get better. ...Read more

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Can people with sleep problems benefit from a mental health practitioner?

Can people with sleep problems benefit from a mental health practitioner?

Most certainly yes!: Solving sleep problems is a common adventure in our society. Over the counter sleep aids are everywhere, with varying success and often with problems of their own. Melatonin seems to be most helpful and side effects low. If that's not helpful you can start with either your primary care provider or a mental health professional. More difficult cases may require sleep apnea or psychiatric consults. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Insomnia (Definition)

A sleep disorder in which you cannot fall or stay asleep. It usually accompanies another sleep, medical, or psychiatric disorder, and can lead to memory impairment, mood changes, and increased risk of ...Read more