Bedtime can be frustrating for both parents and children.

Kids with special needs have a particularly hard time slowing down their engines. Read our tips to help quiet down and catch up on some ZZZZZZZZs.
  • Yoga or stretching right before bedtime for 5-10 minutes can do wonders to get calm and ready-for-bed.
  • Take 10 deep breaths. Deep breathing promotes relaxation.
  • Place a feel-good story or worry doll under the pillow (tell it your worries before going to sleep).
  • Give a full body massage to calm and promote circulation.
  • Put the mattress on the floor or create a floor bed using soft egg crates. Just cover with a sheet, add a blanket and you’re ready to say “G’nite.”
  • Create a routine. Use picture cues if necessary.
  • Use a weighted blanket or weighted sleeping bag.
  • Listen to lullaby music or white noise may just do the trick for children who are sensitive to noise.
  • Darken the room or wear an eye mask.
  • Take calcium or melatonin ½ hour before bedtime.
  • Drink a warm glass of milk. Use aromatherapy for calming.