ATN/AIR-P Melatonin and Sleep Problems: A Guide for Parents

Many children with autism have problems with sleep. Improving sleep habits can help many children get better sleep, but for some, sleep problems continue even with good sleep habits.

Melatonin is a common medicine your doctor or healthcare provider may suggest to help improve sleep. This tool kit is designed to provide you with information about melatonin and help you decide if trying melatonin is right for you child.

Sections include:

  • What is melatonin?
  • Why might supplemental melatonin help children with autism?
  • What are the risks?
  • How will I know of melatonin is working?
  • What if melatonin does not improve my child's sleep?

"These materials are the product of on-going activities of the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network, a funded program of Autism Speaks. It is supported by cooperative agreement UA3 MC 11054 through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Research Program to the Massachusetts General Hospital. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the MCHB, HRSA, HHS, or Autism Speaks."

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