“SOLVING SLEEP PROBLEMS IN KIDS (ASD & ADHD)” BY SNEHA NARAYAN

Pavni and all parents pls stop worrying about Sleep now….

Battling sleep problems for normal kids or ASD AND ADHD kids and adults too ,issues are more or less the same..

Today in this article we will discuss

1.How Sleep Is Linked To Anxiety

2.CAUSE of This SLEEP PROBLEM

3.20 Ways To Help Your Kids Get a Good Night’s Sleep Points 14 to 20 are very important..

It’s frustrating and heartbreaking to watch as your child wants to fall asleep, but cannot.
All of us have seen what happens to our kids if they skip a nap or go to bed too late (can we say cranky monster on the loose?!). But did you know that sleep deprivation due to food and toxins in kids body can also make them more anxious and frustrated and push them more towards Autistic symptoms.so we need to come out of this infinite loop.

Sleep plays a major role in how we function. Every where I read I have found that it points out the importance in getting a good night’s sleep to manage anxiety of kids.

Poor sleep has been shown to significantly worsen the symptoms of AUTISM and many mental health issues including anxiety. It is clear that good sleep is necessary for prevention and recovery of anxiety frustration but wants the cause behind this problem..

Researchers observed facial expressions of two and three-year-olds Autistic kids after they skipped their typical nap and then on another day after they had their normal nap. The results show that the loss of a nap made the children less excited about positive events and more frustrated with challeCAUSE of This SLEEP PROBLEnges they faced than when they were well-rested.

The sleepy children had more difficulty expressing their emotions. Over time, this lack of sleep may shape their developing emotional brains and put them at risk for lifelong, mood-related problems.

How Sleep Is Linked To Anxiety

When our children don’t sleep enough, they can experience the following changes that lead to anxious feelings.

1.Body Unable to Repair Itself
Sleep is the time when our body repairs itself, such as relaxing muscles tense from stress. Without sleep, stress builds up, which can lead to more anxiety the next day.

2.Brain Stress
It is said that during sleep our brain regenerates neurons that affect various areas of thought, emotion, and health. When kids don’t sleep enough, these neurons do not regener\nate, and in some cases stop functioning altogether.

3.Physical Symptoms
Sleep deprivation can exacerbate any physical symptom or illness. When children and teens don’t get enough sleep, they can experience headaches, nausea, muscle soreness, tremors, slurred speech, or dizziness. Sometimes sleepiness can also lead to odd sensations like tingling or aches and pains. These physical symptoms can be alarming, causing worry that something is seriously wrong.

4.Elevated Adrenaline
It is said that lack of sleep leads to an increase in levels of adrenaline in our kids. Because anxiety can be caused by chronic adrenaline, there is a link between too little sleep and feeling anxious.

5.Anticipatory Anxiety
It is discovered that a lack of sleep may play a key role in triggering the brain regions that contribute to excessive worrying. Sleep deprivation makes anticipatory anxiety worse by firing up the brain’s amygdala and insular cortex, regions associated with emotional processing. The resulting brain activity mimics the abnormal activity seen in people with anxiety disorders. In addition, those who are naturally anxious are more sensitive to the effects of not getting enough sleep.

5.Creates a Negative Cycle
Sleep anxiety, or insomnia, is a problem for millions of KIDS and ADULTS too in our country including many children. Sometimes it is hard to tell whether a child’s anxiety leads to sleep problems or if the sleep problems are causing the anxiety. This can become a frustrating cycle if a child is not sleeping well and suffering from anxiety.

CAUSE of This SLEEP PROBLEM

SO NOW THE SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM

Earlier it was happening bcoz the brain was busy in manipulating TOXINS in KIDS body Due to WHEAT,MILK AND MILK PRODUCTS AND SUGAR and so sleep was disturbed..

PLEASE NOTE EVERYONE ANY HEALTH ISSUE IN OUR BODY IS DUE TO TWO THINGS
1.FOOD WE EAT
2.AIR WE BREATHE

AS WE DO NOT HAVE ANY CONTROL ON SECOND POINT BUT CAN VERY WELL MANAGE FIRST IN OUR KIDS AND OURSELF…

SO AS OF NOW WE ARE NOT GIVING THESE FOOD TO OUR KIDS ..
But THOSE GLUTEN AND TOXINS FROM MILK AND SUGAR ALREADY IN BODY TAKES MAXIMUM 6 MONTHS TO FLUSH OUT . SO STOP WORRYING GRADUALLY IN SIX MONTHS TIME KIDS WILL SLEEP 10 TO 11 HOURS NON STOP BELIVE ME BUT PLEASE DO NIT CHEAT IN “VATA PACIFIER DIET..”

My SON did not slept for 1.5 months nonstop and the frustration level my son and I was facing was horrible. Even my sleep cycle was totally disturbed and was begging for medicines or SLEEPING PILLS from doctors.

We both were strucked in this loop of no sleep and we’re struggling never thought that we could ever solve this problem but as the days passed with VATA PACIFIER DIET and AROMA AND AYURVEDIC MASSAGE Dhruva became more relaxed day by day and his sleep pattern started improving..and now he sleeps 10 to 12 hrs non-stop.

Bacause we did not understand why he gets up at night we even used to feed him at night,TAKE HIM TO TOILET,GIVE HIM WATER TO DRINK but later realised it not because of FOOD neither because of THIRST NOR bacause of TOILET it’s because of BRAIN busy in removing TOXINS from his body..so no sleep or less sleep and more anxiety and frustrations…
So Pavni and rest of the parents of my group relax and just do as we say in all my articles VATA PACIFIER DIET and MASSAGE and things will change GRADUALLY but 100% will change and results will be positive..

Sharing Best Tips for good sleep.

20 Ways To Help Your Kids Get a Good Night’s Sleep Points 15 to 20 are very important..

One of the most important tools for fighting anxiety is sleep. Here are some tips to help your kids get consistent, restful sleep.It’s been interesting over the years to see how our kids’ sensory issues affected their sleep in different ways. We have been able to come up with solutions for most of the sleep issues in our home.
If your child is not capable of expressing what their sleep issues are, play detective. Try lying in their bed in the dark and using your senses to troubleshoot what issues there may be. Is there any type of noise that may be bothering them? Are the sheets scratchy? Are the walls painted a bright colour or is there too much clutter in the room? How is the temperature in the room? Is there a smell?Are they not enough tired??Food and toxins in body??
Below is the solution to all problems!!!!

1. Burn off extra energy before Sleep time

Arrange playdates in the morning and evening outside of the home. Play outside in natural light with lots of running around. Then head home, have a quiet lunch or dinner and draw the curtains, encouraging sleepy time.

2. Keep a consistent routine everyday

Yes, even on weekends. Routine play that extremely important part in kids sleep patterns. They give babies and toddlers a sense of security and emotional stability, because their world becomes predictable. Make sure to have the same pre-nap routine at the same time everyday. If your toddler goes to daycare, keep your schedule the same as theirs. Having a regular rhythm for each day helps your toddler relax and welcome nap time, because his body has become used to sleeping time.

3.FOLLOW BED TIME ROUTINES AND COMFORTABLE CLOTHES
Young children need routines to succeed. Create a fixed bedtime ritual and make sure you follow it every night.
For instance, have your kids brush their teeth, get in bed for a story, and say a gratitude prayer. Once you do this a few times, they will automatically ask for their special bedtime routine.

Put on soft, comfy pajamas. Don’t let your baby go to sleep in daytime clothes. These soft little outfits aren’t just for keeping your baby warm – they’re a comforting, tactile signal that it’s time to go to sleep for the night.

4.Set a Regular Wake-Up Time.

You will need to wake them up consistently at the same time every day. This helps reduce their grogginess in the morning and gets their body used to sleeping and waking up at the same time. Do not change their schedule even on weekends.

5.Provide a Comfortable Environment.

Children need a calming place to unwind before they can fall asleep. Provide them with a comfortable environment that has dim lights and quiet. Surrounding them with their favorite stuffed animal, soft bedding, and a cozy pillow will also help them relax and get into a comfy position for the night. GET a top rated night light so that your kids do not get too scared as they try to fall asleep.

NO SMOKING AND PETS IN THE BEDROOM

6.Shut Off Technology.

More and more studies are finding that technology is affecting children’s sleep in a number of ways, such as the blue light from screens interfering with the sleeping hormone melatonin. Be sure to shut down computers, video games, televisions, and other electronic gadgets.
NO GADGETS FOR KIDS AT ALL

7.Keep Them Cool.

A child’s sleep cycle is sensitive to both light and temperature. Be careful not to make your children’s bedroom too warm or to cover them up with heavy clothing and blankets. A cool environment is best for promoting sleep. ITS recommended setting the temperature at 24 to 25 degree centigrade for young children.

8.NO CAFFEINE FOR KIDS AND ADULTS TOO.
Caffeine is a stimulant that can last for several hours. Avoid serving your children chocolate desserts and caffeinated beverages including soda, coffee, tea, energy drinks, and caffeinated water throughout the day.

9. MINDFUL BREATHING.
Mindful breathing helps reduce stress and anxiety by slowing down the body and initiating the relaxation response. It is a simple tool that your children can turn to anytime they feel uneasy or worried.difficult to achieve this with toddlers but young kids can be taught to do this..

9.Relaxing MUSIC.
Try using some relaxing music to calm your children at bedtime. Zen Melodies has an amazing library of relaxation music safe for older children and teens. These special recordings use binaural beats and isochronic tones to calm the brain. Play some soft music or Songs kids like it either spiritual or movie songs not an issue kids should feel quite after listening..

10.Talk Out Feelings.

Kids often find it hard to sleep when they are under stress. Talk to them about their fears and reassure them that you are there to protect them. You can also get them a stuffed toy to comfort them. This will help them put aside their fears of monsters or the dark so they can sleep well. Also, reducing their fears is crucial because higher cortisol due to stress disrupts the sound sleep of your child.
NEVER EVER TRY TO PUT ANY FEAR IN KIDS MIND TO GET THE WORK DONE FROM THEM.
AS ALL PARENTS DO TO KIDS
“BABY DO THIS OR EAT THIS OTHERWISE MONSTOR WILL COME ” XYZ…
IN LONG TERM KIDS BECOME V ANXIOUS AND HAVE FEAR TILL LIFETIME SO REFRAIN YOURSELF FROM DOING SO.


If your child struggling neither anxiety, you know the challenge of finding the right things to say when he or she is worried. It’s not easy to connect without making the fears worse, while at the same time offering support and encouragement.
I am here; you are safe.” Anxiety has a way of making things look worse and feel scarier than when we are not feeling worried. These words can offer comfort and safety when your child is feeling out of control, especially if they are at the height of their worry. If you’re not sure what to say, this is an excellent go-to phrase!
What do you want to tell your worry?”
How big is your worry?” Help your child verbalize the size of their worry and give you an accurate picture of how it feels to them.

11.Keep your toddler “in the loop”

Even if your toddler isn’t speaking much, trust me, he understands everything. And he wants to control it all! Give him fair warning each day that sleep time follows lunch and Dinner. Make a story book or use puppets to help explain. Remember, toddlers are naturally “control freaks,” so discussing things beforehand gives you time to convince your toddler that a sleep is a great idea.

12.Commit to 2-3 weeks of working at it

Often, it’s just a phase (although it feels like an eternity.) and toddlers may slide right back into a nap routine after a few days, while our HYPERACTIVE TODDLER’S may “kick, scream, cry, and beat the door down for a week before accepting SLEEP time” as one mom put it to us.
Your toddler will learn to accept his SLEEP routine because of your CONSISTENCY and DETERMINATION.

13.PRAISE THEM FOR GOOD SLEEP

Let KIDS know that you have a very special treat waiting for her each morning, when she stays in her bed.

A sticker, stamp, animal mask, trip to the park, is usually enough of an incentive to reduce nighttime roaming.

Make sure to talk excitedly about her “special treat” each night at bedtime. And gently remind her of your expectations.wish them good morning with lots of kisses and hugs this will promote positive love atmosphere in kids..

I was wrong.

One of the most difficult parts of parenting is realizing that the way an adult brain works is completely different than a child’s brain.
Adults brains are fueled by logic.
Kids brains are fueled by emotion.
Just show unconditional LOVE to them..

14.MASAAGE BEFORE SLEEP

MASSAGE KIDS WITH AROMA ON NECK AND AYURVEDIC OILS AS I SAY IN WHOLE BODY ESPECIALLY MAHA OIL IT REDUCES VATA AND LEADS TO SOUND SLEEP..

15.Diffuse LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL
This is the tip that has made the BIGGEST difference in our going-to-bed routine! In an attempt to combat sleep disorder, I have started diffusing 3 drops of lavender, mandarin and rose and sandalwood essential oils in kids room during the night.
but there has been one awesome effect that I wasn’t expecting! It normally takes them at least an hour from the time that we put them to bed to the time that they are actually asleep. When I started diffusing these oils at night, my son was asleep within 10-20 minutes! It is seriously a miracle.

16. FEED HIM A PROPER MEAL
A good meal before sleep at least one hour is v important for our kids.. If your baby is solid food make sure he or she eats a good, filling dinner. If you find your baby waking up hungry in the night (and needing a bottle), try offering a little bowl of cereal 20 minutes before bedtime. This often provides the slow burn to help your baby go for longer. AVOID BOTTLE FEEDING AT NIGHT, LEADS TO ROOT CANAL LATER.
Nutrition is an important piece of the sleep puzzle. Ensure that your child has a well balanced diet, no sugar and no caffeine.

17.SMALL AFTERNOON NAP
Not more than one hour of NAP is required for the kid. The moment afternoon nap is small the kid will gradually start sleeping at night for a long time and a good play session after afternoon Nap.

18.KIDS NOT SLEEPING EVEN AFTER A GOOD JOINT MASSAGE press ACUPUNCTURE POINT .
Some times even after a good massage kid is not ready to sleep I faced this problem now
Here’s how to make this work…

Have your child lay down in bed, with the lights off, and completely ready to fall asleep.Sit at the end of her bed, and in your hands put a little lotion and a drop of a soothing essential oil, such as lavender oil, that aids in sleep and relaxation.yeptionally difficult time falling asleep. Even after a long massage, he could not settle her mind and drift off to sleep.

I layed down next to him, and something in me remembered hearing about a calming touch point between a child’s eyes.

I started slowly stroking above the bridge of his nose between his eyes. Almost instantly, I felt his body start to relax a little.

For the next five minutes, I lay there next to him continuing to slowly stroke that spot above his nose and between his eyes. When I stopped for a moment, he started to move a little, so I continued stroking and within a couple more minutes,DHRUVA was asleep.

I was astounded!

Later I googled and learned that what I had discovered was the ACUPUNCTURE POINT YINGTANG

It is sometimes referred to as the most effective acupuncture point and as I luckily found out from our experience, when used as a acupressure point it can help induce sleep.

I am so happy to have learned about this Yingtang acupressure point and I know I’ll be using it more often to help my SON fall asleep and even to help myself as an adult with sleep problems.

I hope all of the above sleep solutions or sleep “tricks” will help you get your child to fall asleep.

20.SENSORY NEEDS.

Any parent who has children with sensory needs can be a challenging endeavour. And when you’re a special needs mom, you need the break that sleep provides!

Children with SENSORY NEED are extra sensitive to these types of things so putting yourself in their shoes may help you pinpoint some of the problems and begin to find solutions.

AUDITORY

Our sons’ sleep was affected because of his extreme auditory sensitivity, which makes it difficult for him to fall asleep if there is any noise (such as his parents watching TV!) in the house. We found that the simplest solution was for him TO SHUT DOWN ALL SOUND He is now able to fall asleep much more quickly. I don’t understand how he sleeps with them on and is still comfortable, but he likes them!

Proprioception (Deep Pressure)

My son was having hard time settling hir body down at bedtime. We found that sleeping with a comfortable blanket changed that for him. He is able to settle himself more easily now.Some kids have heavy blankets and like them while our other sensory kiddos hate them. .
Deep pressure hugs or massages before bedtime can also help with proprioception input.

Visual

Some children need it to be completely dark in order to fall asleep while others need to have a nightlight. It’s a good idea to use a dimmable night light because that way, they can adjust to the amount of light they are comfortable with.
Important Tips:

Be sure to offer a variety of sensory activities throughout the day. Meeting your child’s sensory needs during the day will positively impact your child’s ability to fall asleep at night.

Track patterns and see if you are able to pinpoint things that may be impacting your child’s sleep. Seeing their sleep patterns on a calendar can help you find where their insomnia may be tied to anxiety over school or peers. Seeing their sleep tracked in relation to food or behaviour or sensory triggers can also help you see the patterns that are emerging.

Facilitate positive self-esteem
The interoceptive sense perceives the physiological condition of the internal body. It includes pain, temperature, itch, affectionate touch, sensations from our organs and muscles, hunger, thirst, and air hunger. It also includes “gut” feelings such as calmness, comfort, contentment, happiness, safety, security and warmth. The exteroceptive sense perceives external stimulus outside of the body such as position in space, sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell. All these affect our ability to sleep.
Facilitate positive self-esteem is critical to the ability of the person to feel secure enough
to enable a positive sleep experience.

Give affection with appropriate touch to further calm and support emotionally.

Induce a sense of security to help reduce anxiety, particularly for a child, would include
dispelling fears of the dark, ghosts, bugs, “monsters”, etc

Just to add for adults

No clock watching.

When we are having difficulty sleeping, it is common to check the clock to see how long we have been trying to fall asleep and to compute how long it is until we have to wake up to start the day. This is disruptive in two key ways.

First, engaging the cognitive faculties to do this math requires alertness. You have to wake up to a degree in order to complete this task and that interferes with the process of falling asleep.

Second, you are likely to feel anxious or stressed as you do this computation, not relaxed. This is also moving us away from the state of sleep. If you have difficulty adhering to this suggestion, perhaps moving the clock you check, whether it be an alarm clock or your cellphone, into another part of the room where you can’t see or check it–or out of the room completely in the case of cellphones. Clients of mine who have done this seemingly radical step have reported to me that it had a tremendous positive effect on their sleep and overall level of stress.

CHANGING HABITS

Changing habits is really really hard. I’m against spanking, but when I got to that red line point with my kids I didn’t know what else to do. It’s one thing to tell someone what NOT to do – it’s entirely different to then give them another option to try. I didn’t spank my kid, I ended up putting myself in time out, but it took some trial and error to figure out what worked best. Trial and error sucks. It sucks with trying to figure out the right ADHD medication, and it sucks even more with parenting. You get that extra dose of internal guilt – you’re messing up your kids and they’ll need therapy because of you! It’s rarely that dire, but that’s what the thoughts in your head say.

This especially applies, I think, to special needs caregivers. If you weren’t around special needs individuals when you were growing up, there’s a steep learning curve. I often think “I’m failing as a parent” or “I have NO idea what I’m doing”; but then I think of the bond I have with my kids, and that they are happy and healthy. That means I’m doing SOMETHING right. Then I jump into research on what I should be doing instead of whatever’s making me feel like the worst parent in the world. That helps me remember that I can never fail as a parent if I keep trying and keep learning.

One of the most difficult things anyone can do is to change or create a new habit. It takes 21 days actually to enforce one.

As an individual you have to first of all have the desire to change, secondly then have the know-how to implement them, and then the conviction of following it through and therefore making a successful change.

Some questions or typical barriers that come up time after time are from people not having free time to workout, their lives are too busy. This is a ready made excuse to a) not exercise, and b) not cook healthy dinners and prepare lunches for their families.

The first thing we have to establish is, are we ready for change?

If we are not prepared to make a difference to our health, our kids health, and our lives in general, then we as a society should pull together and make sure everybody wants a better future. After all who doesn’t want that.

In fact, if you don’t, then your’e probably not reading this anyway, and the mere fact that you are suggests you are a stage further down the line and wanting to implement some changes.

So you have decided to make changes, good, now you need to make some environmental ones to assist you.

Old habits are hard to break. We are conditioned to think that someone else should bring us a pill to cure us, or a miracle weight loss machine that will take care of the ‘problem’ with little effort on our part.

A habit is a recurrent, often unconscious, pattern of behaviour that is acquired through frequent repetition. Good or bad habits depend on triggers that lead to an action which you benefit from in some way. Habits are so ingrained that breaking them will require effort and conscious decisions each time a trigger is presented to you.

There is no magic bullet. Each person has a unique set of circumstances and individual needs. Therefore wellness and healthy choices have to be made by you. This can be a challenge, since we are each unique in our bodies but also unique in our pattern of bad habits and poor lifestyle choices.

You know why you decided to be a bit healthier for your kids The challenge now is how to start.

Have told everything in my articles now..either food massage or sleep or ACTIVITIES so just start working.

LOVE U ALL….

Hope you have a sound sleep from today

Nighty Night!

Don’t feel discouraged if you try one or two options and they aren’t successful. All kids are different, and children on the spectrum can be immune to a lot of therapies that work for neurotypicals. If one sleep tip doesn’t work, just try another until you find the right solution for your child to get a better night’s sleep.

Did I leave something out? What works for your child? Let me know in the comments! I love to hear from you!

Come on mommies get charged up and geared up and make the move..
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8 thoughts on ““SOLVING SLEEP PROBLEMS IN KIDS (ASD & ADHD)” BY SNEHA NARAYAN

  1. Hi Sneha one more great article in detail.. thanks for all d information and advice..thanks for helping me and many parents …keep it up and don’t stop writing and helping people ….and one more thing pls msg me your channel link on you tube..god bless you dear and your family

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  2. Love the way you write it Sneha !! Nandini still has this waking up habit inbetween at night . Kids needs there share of physical exercise . So when she is active during the day , she is a better sleeper . Keep writing and keep inspiring !!

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  3. Again a wonderful article that will positively change lives of many.
    We all try something or the other to make our kids sleep but the way you described all the possible ways and steps to give our kid sound sleep is amazing.

    Thanks Sneha for adding another way to
    to reach towards success…

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