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BEDTIME 

Falling asleep can be a problem for any person. However, as we already know, individuals with FASD can experience problems not only falling asleep but staying asleep. In some cases the problem is caused by a lack of melatonin, a chemical in the brain that helps a person fall and stay asleep. Each individual is different and in some cases taking over-the-counter melatonin is very useful and can help with both falling asleep and staying asleep (always consult a doctor before introducing a sleep aid). However, melatonin may not work for everyone. 

Some of the most effective strategies for bedtime involve things like weighted blankets, covered beds, and nylon cylinders that an individual can slip into. However, some families find these strategies expensive and become frustrated if they don't work. 

Exploring options that are inexpensive and easier to maintain can sometimes help a parent know what more expensive tools they should purchase or what inexpensive tools they should keep. 

Try exploring some of these low cost options:

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