Zoom Autism Magazine Issue 1 Fall 2014 - Page 25

aren’t producing enough of this sleep-inducing hormone. Common signs of insomnia: • prolonged time to fall asleep • decreased time asleep compared to time spent in bed • reduced total sleep time • reduced sleep duration and continuity • night awakening characterized by of long periods of time awake tion to the usual sleep advice, here are 10 strategies that are especially helpful for autistic individuals. 1. Plenty of exercise. Tired bodies are sleepy bodies, and studies show that exercising early in the day is espe