• Understanding Autism from the Inside

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Three Things that Helped my Autistic Kids to Sleep

Sleeping is a huge struggle in our house. We have trouble falling asleep, more trouble staying asleep, and it’s a nightmare at bedtime getting our tribe to settle down. Admittedly, little has worked for getting the boys, or me for that matter, to sleep. But of the many things we’ve …

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Insomnia After Going Gluten-Free: Tips to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Hi Everyone,   Recently, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease.   Celiac is beyond Gluten Intolerance, it is an auto-immune disease. When gluten is introduced into the system– no matter how minuscule–antibodies are formed and my immune system attacks the inside of my intestines. There is no cure for Celiac …

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Sleep Disturbances in Autistic Children

All parents experience occasional difficulties in getting their children to sleep, and keeping them asleep. Parents of autistic children, however, suffer this more often. Sleep disturbances are commonplace among autistic children and adults alike. Why is it Important for Autistic Children to Get Adequate Amounts of Sleep? Our bodies need …

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Autism and Night Terrors

Many adults and children with autism report having frequent nightmares, manifested by fitful, restless sleep, or screaming in the night. These may be difficult to wake, or calm during these episodes. Are they simply being plagued by nightmares, or could it be something else? Night Terrors. Night Terror or Nightmare? …

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Lack of Sleep Makes Throws my Brain into Hyper-Driver

Insomnia, night terrors, and an array of other sleeping issues often plaque those of us with autism spectrum disorders. However, what I have discovered is that when I do not get enough sleep a few things happen. If I don’t sleep tonight, I likely will not be able to sleep …

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Aspie Injustice: It keeps us up at Night

Justice—a subject near and dear to my heart. One thing I find that most of us Aspies have in common is a profound sense of justice and morality. Admittedly it  may not be the same sense of justice that others have but that shouldn’t surprise anyone by now because we …

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Night Terrors and Autism: Night Terrors are Not Just for Children

Night Terror or Nightmare? Aren’t they the same thing? The simple answer is—no. Nightmares happen during REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, during that time where you are in the twilight area of your sleep, on the cusp of being asleep and awake—during light sleep. That same is not so for …

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Asperger’s Syndrome and Sleep Issues

Insomnia and Sensory Processing Issues Sleep! If only I can get some sleep! For as long as I can remember, I had the worst sleeping patterns imaginable. When I was younger, I remember watching every episode of The Honeymooners, and the original Star Trek series. The problem was they were …

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