Sleep “Nightmare” Routine
Bedtime in my house is long….. very long. We do all of the above. And then some more. My eldest requires certain things to be done to his room in order to be comfortable to go to sleep. Trying to curb the problem, can equal to more insecurities. Taking away things, he usually knows it’s not there and wont sleep until it’s returned. Everything above is done hassle free, but getting him to lay in his bed longer then 10 seconds is hard work.
He must have a bottle of water, and a cup of milk and the milk must be sitting on the right side of the water bottle, he will correct it if it is wrong.
Lastly if all his blankets are not on him properly, he will get upset. A kiss and a “Night night” and I am out of the door.
Sadly it doesn’t entirely end there. If something is amiss, and usually you hope he forgets, he will call out to you to come fix what ever is wrong.
It’s all very exhausting. Can go on for hours on a bad night. This is what it can be like putting a child with possible autism to bed. It isn’t about stalling as much as it is making them comfortable enough to switch off. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like this every night. Sometime he will go straight to bed with what ever toy, and go straight to sleep, but a good majority of the time, what I have listed is what we do nearly every night.