Do other AS people / kids have a hard time falling asleep??

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09 Aug 2010, 4:20 pm

I don't have much trouble falling asleep, and having AS does not have any effect on sleep anyway. I know loads of NTs who have trouble falling asleep.

Sometimes I go through phases of having trouble to get to sleep, depending on my diet - and also depending on the weather. If it's a hot night, I cannot sleep. I can sleep better in autumn, winter and spring.

I don't know if this will work on everyone, but it works on me: eat or drink more dairy products. Drinking milk before going to bed can help relax you. (Doesn't matter if the milk is hot or cold). Also, change your bed covers regularly. I change mine once every couple of weeks, and I feel I can sleep better when in a fresh bed. (Before you all think two weeks is a bit long to change bed covers in, it depends on the circumstance. I don't sweat in bed much, and I wash regularly and change my clothes every day, and I open my window during the day to let fresh air in).

Getting into a comfortable position and doing timetables in your head may help you soothe you to sleep. This can stop you from worrying about things, and can occupy your mind onto something else. I don't know all of my timetables, so I have to use more concentration doing timetables - which sends me to sleep quicker. They block all the worries from my head.



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09 Aug 2010, 4:31 pm

I used to, because any form of inconstant noise would distract me from even attempting to sleep. Now, with three milligrams of melatonin and an air filter that does a grand job at drowning out any random sounds, I fall asleep without difficulty.


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09 Aug 2010, 6:10 pm

I have terrible insomnia. If I don't take my sleep meds, I stay up all night in bed trying to sleep.



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09 Aug 2010, 9:39 pm

League_Girl wrote:
I have sleeping issues and I don't really do anything about it because I don't work. I just go to bed whenever I want. When I worked, I used sleeping aids. But I had to stick to my schedule by keeping my bed routine the same on my days off or the pills would have quit working.


I'm in the same position. Unfortunately, it becomes a problem when you need to go to an appointment or meet someone at a time when you want or need to go to sleep. I think I might try melatonin. The weighted blanket sounds good too, but I already have a double duvet on a single bed that performs a similar function.



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10 Aug 2010, 6:13 am

My advice to those who can't sleep? When you go to bed, read. Read a book you're interested in and put it down when you're too tired to read more than a page. Don't look at a screen in bed except for an alarm clock with red LEDS, not green.

I fall asleep in about 5 minutes this way.



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10 Aug 2010, 7:31 am

Do I have a hard time falling asleep :?:

Sometimes but I have an even harder time just GOING TO BED :roll: :arrow:


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12 Aug 2010, 7:53 am

Noise doesn't distract me when I'm in bed.

Generally it takes me about 4 minutes to get to sleep, (after switching my DVD/video off), and I hardly wake up all night, until the morning.

I actually don't have difficulties with falling asleep because I wear myself out all day with anxiety.



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12 Aug 2010, 8:20 am

I take ages going to sleep, though my migraine medication helps (I get migraines when I get stressed, which mainly due to AS stuff is pretty often, so I take preventative meds every day now. 45mg of amitryptyline is what I currently use, and you take it before bed and it makes you a little drowsy.) I've never tried melatonin, and I'm not sure you could get it here in the UK without a prescription, though I may ask next time I'm at a chemist's. It sounds like it might be worth a try, as it usually takes me at least an hour to get to sleep even with my usual meds, if my mind is feeling particularly unwilling to relax. It doesn't help that I tend to gravitate towards a nocturnal sleep pattern either. It's also interesting hearing about the weighted blankets idea; I've never been able to sleep without a cover over me but I didn't know that was an insomnia remedy. Guess I'm lucky for once living somewhere that it's cool enough even in summer that you need a cover.