WHY IS MY CHILD NOT SLEEPING?
NATURAL SOLUTIONS FOR BLISSFUL SLEEP!
Sleep is BIG issue for parents of children on the autistic spectrum or ADHD.
If you are reading this, I don’t need to tell you how disruptive sleep is for the whole family, not just the child.
Sleep is essential for brain development, to rest, to be able to function during the day and lack of sleep can have so many undesirable knock-on effects and basically ruin your life.
I often see parents exhausted, frazzled and desperate for anything that will make their child sleep, even just one night, so they can recover a little!
What if I told you that things can get better and you don’t even need to “knock-out” your child with prescription drugs or melatonin?
Why medication and supplementation don’t always work
First of all: melatonin can help you fall asleep, but it won’t help you stay asleep. For some children, melatonin doesn’t do anything at all!
Other pharmaceutical drugs can have nasty side effects and they usually mess up your stomach, so it is not a long term solution either.
Conventional medicine hasn’t cracked the sleep problem either. Doctors will tell you that it may have to do with a “disruption of the circadian rhythm”, not enough melatonin produced by the pineal glands and so on. That doesn’t help you much, does it?
Natural is best!
In my clinic I see people with sleeping issues all the time. Not just children with ADHD or autism, but also adults with PTSD and even people who have no idea why they cannot sleep in the first place. Here is why I think holistic is best:
1-my treatment is for the individual, not the condition, therefore I don’t need a reason or a label in order to help people!
2-Better still: once your body is really healed, you don’t need to take anything anymore! Our bodies have an innate ability to self heal: sometimes we get “blocked” and we need a little “push” and that is all I do, but it is only for a limited amount of time.
Some practical tips for parents
In the case of children with ADHD or autism, there are some practical tips, things you may or may not already do:
-establish a bed time routine: bath, story and bed for little children helps them relax and signals “bed time”. Your child may have a favourite story, favourite music or toy.
– sometimes re-arranging the bedroom furniture can help. It sounds silly, but some children are sensitive to where their head and feet point while they are asleep and you may find that if they move the bed to a different place in the room that helps.
-quality of light in the bedroom: is your child more comfortable with the bed light on? Have you thought about a nice lava-lamp? They are coming back in fashion and they are really soothing, especially in colours like blue or green or purple.
-no electronics/tv for at least one hour prior to bed time. Computers are really bad for “revving up” our brains and it is much harder to fall asleep after using computers and other gadgets. I know some kids will fall asleep listening to music from the ipad: listening is fine, but being exposed to screen images really is not good for anybody and especially children.
If you have done all this and sleep is still a struggle or waking in the middle of the night is still a thing, then it is time to see me!
You can book a Free 20 minute Breakthrough Call, during which I will assess your issue, so that you can start your child’s healing.