A week of bad sleep patterns

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Ok, so, it’s not quite a week yet. It’s more like 5 days. The last 3 days though, which is what prompted me to put up a short post, has seen me up at 3 am. That’s, not even a time in the morning for jeez sake.

Did he know?

The funny thing is, little Mr. decided to start this bad sleeping Friday night/Saturday morning. He was going to bed late (as per normal) but waking up around 6.

Then Sunday night; or Monday morning (depending on how you want to look at it); the night I need to really sleep as I have work on a Monday; he decided it was a 3 am wake-up and run around time.

Then, of course, he kips around 6 am leaving me tired for my wonderful Monday morning (never the best day of the work week anyhow).

Monday night I thought – “Well, at least he will sleep tonight”. Wrong! 3 am wake up. Running around like a wild one.

Tuesday survived on lots of caffeine. “Well, at least he will sleep tonight.” I said; thought I’d jinx myself. Wrong! This morning, 3 am wakeup call. Today has been a day of Red Bull, though I still don’t have any wings.

I read somewhere

I read on a few of the informational websites out there that children with ASD (it could be children and adults) are very coming to have poor sleeping habits. They state as it could even be as high as 80%.

Though I am not sure if this poor sleeping is down to his ASD diagnosis or just a family trait. See, myself, my mother and a few other family members have always been poor sleepers. My daughter sleeps far less than that 12 hours they suggest. Though, she does get grumpy whereas little Mr. gets hyper.

That said, here is a quote from the AutismSpeaks website :

Sleep and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Sleep problems are very common, reportedly as high as 80% in children with ASD. In typically developing children sleep problems and insufficient sleep can result in daytime sleepiness, learning problems and behavioral issues such as hyperactivity, inattentiveness and aggression.

Sounds familiar. The top and bottom of it is that; with a diagnosis of ASD comes a list of things you need to get used to… and one of those is lack of sleep.

Got any stories?

How about you? Got any stories of lack of sleep – other than those of “I stayed up all night getting drunk”. We don’t want to hear them – it only makes us jealous.

Please leave any comments or stories below. I would love to know that I’m not the only one.


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