Sleep. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Or at least it seems that way. And, bless their hearts, every well-meaning relation from Topeka to Timbuktu swears she has the one method you obviously haven’t tried. And goodness knows how much Starbucks and Red Bull make off our epic-sized sleep deficit.Talk to a spectrum family, and you have entered a new dimension. Snowballing worry, racing minds, and sensory discombobulation combine and laugh in the face of weak, pitiful, run-of-the-mill insomnia. You have no idea what sleep deprivation is until you’ve raised a spectrum kid. Or been one.
In “To Sleep,” Jennifer shares the journey and tips of an Aspie insider: “This is the stuff,” wrote one mom, “that I would have paid hundreds of dollars for — heck I probably did and their advice never worked!” Of course not. It makes sense– an Aspie mind is going to help you see inside the younger Aspie minds in your own home.
Looking back, though, I can see that my then-as-of-yet-undiagnosed Aspie mind was already kicking in and problem-solving. Analyzing what everyone else thought was just a “given.” Why was it, I’d wonder (still do!), that adults would shake things in babies’ faces or jostle them suddenly in attempts to stop the crying? The stuff adults did in the name of “calming baby down” would terrify me! So would the loud noises and weird faces people make. What’s calming about unexpected sounds or phantom touches or crazy jostling or clanking keys?? I’ll tell you what: nothing!…Since then, I’ve discovered that Aspies of ALL ages are pretty similar in our reactions to feeling overwhelmed. Not surprisingly, relaxed and sleepy are not among those response.
With curated links to favorite night-time meditation apps, white noise machines, exclusive savings on weighted blankets AND “why the typical stuff doesn’t work for wonderfully atypical kids” advice, “To Sleep” is 18-pages of illustrated smarts that will change your everyday life. Tonight.