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Wed, 02 Feb



Autism and Sleep

Why do autistic people struggle to sleep? And what can we do to help?

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Autism and Sleep
Autism and Sleep

Time & Location

02 Feb 2022, 10:00 – 12:00


About the event

About the webinar

Why do autistic people struggle to sleep?

Sleep problems are twice as common among autistic children as they are among typical children or those with other developmental conditions. Autistic adults tend to have insomnia: It takes them an average of 11 minutes longer than neurotypical people to fall asleep, and many wake up frequently during the night

In this follow up session to 'Sleep - The Fundamentals', Nickie looks at why sleep is affected by autism and strategies parents of autistic children can use to help them sleep better. The webinar will also be informative and useful for autistic adults with sleep difficulties.

What is covered in this webinar?

·  Common sleep problems in autism

·  How sleep deprivation affects autistic people

·  The reasons for additional sleep difficulties in autism

·  Strategies to help restful sleep for autistic people

Who should attend?

  • Anybody who is personally impacted by an autistic person with sleep difficulties; adults and parents
  • Health Professionals wanting to know more about sleep and autism and how this may impact on their clients
  • Teachers wanting to know more about how sleep deprivation impacts on autistic school age children and their learning / behaviour
  • Social care workers wanting to help autistic clients with more understanding
  • Anybody who wants to know more

N.B. It is recommended that you attend a ‘Sleep – The Fundamentals’ webinar beforehand to get the most out of this session.


£20 per webinar


Nickie Sutton has been a sleep practitioner for 5 years and developed the successful and effective sleep courses for Space4Autism which have been running for over 2 years. She delivers sleep courses nationwide for charities and parent groups.

Prior to this Nickie was a nurse for 34 years, most recently working as a Specialist Community Public Health School Nurse, and ADHD Nurse Specialist. She is currently one of small team of experienced sleep practitioners

working on the National Sleep Helpline, and presented at TEDx Hayfield in November 2021 - 'Waking Up To Sleep'.

She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her work, and is able to draw on her clinical background to ensure that her work is evidence based and safe.

She is passionate about improving sleep knowledge and improving the quality of life for adults and children currently suffering with sleep deprivation.


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