My daughter loves any shade of purple--including violet. It's her favorite color. Well, it used to be her favorite color. Now she says magenta is her favorite. That has some violet in it too, so it counts.
Anyway, we recently redid my daughter bedroom from it's nursery, Winnie the Pooh look, to a big-girl's room with violet walls. The color is beautiful and calming.
Which is important, because my daughter has a really difficult time with sleeping. As early as 2 years old, she gave up her naps. Then it started to take her longer to fall asleep at night--up to 3 hours to fall asleep on some nights. Then she'd wake up in the middle of the night and be up for hours! It was crazy how little sleep she'd get on some nights. It was also crazy how well she'd function the next day! Nevertheless, it would drive me crazy that she wasn't sleeping!
After doing some research, I learned that this isn't an unusual problem for kids on the spectrum. Many, like my daughter, have a hard time turning their brains off at night! While she'd be up for hours, she'd be having the time of her life. She'd sing songs, tell stories, do all sorts of things all from her bed.
We consulted with her pediatrician who suggested we try giving her some melatonin to get her back on track. He said it helps some kids, but not others. We researched it and found no huge issues with it, so we started to give her some melatonin (which, by the way, comes in a container with a violet label) about a year and a half ago. That stuff was amazing! It worked from day one! She'd fall asleep with 10 minutes and sleep through the night. During the first night, she did wake up to use the potty. She was extremely lucid. She did her business, then was able to go right back to sleep. Amazing!
We were warned that over time, the melatonin can stop working, so you either need to increase the dosage or take breaks from it. Last winter, we took a break from it. The first night, she did great--fell asleep right away. The next night it took a little longer, but not too bad. By the third night, it started to take hours again. We put her back on the melatonin.
Over the last few weeks, the melatonin appeared to stop working. So, we've stopped using it again. In general, it's been taking her a couple of hours to fall asleep, but then she sleeps great the rest of the night. The third night off the melatonin, she fell asleep right away and slept 13 hours! She swam a lot that day, so we think that tired her out. Also, we're trying to teach her deep-breathing techniques or even counting out-loud to try to turn her brain off, more or less, so she can sleep.
School is starting next week, so I'm panicking a little. She really needs to fall asleep well before 10 to get enough sleep. I hope we have luck without having to return to the melatonin.