Do autistic people struggle with sleep?
Research has found that compared to neurotypical people, autistic people take significantly longer to fall asleep, wake more frequently in the night, and have a poorer quality of sleep and thus are more likely to wake up still feeling tired (Morgan et al, 2020).
Some things that can help support with sleeping:
- use of a weighted blanket
- use of a white noise system
- using a red light filter on any
electronics to block blue light
- opening a window; it is easier to sleep in a cooler room