Stellar Tips on How to Deal with Tiredness in Autism
Autistic people of all ages experience varying levels of exhaustion during the day; this is a very common occurrence and should be recognized as a core symptom of ASD. Here are my top 6 tips for dealing with tiredness:
Tip #1: Exercise More
Though this may appear counter intuitive and unwise, additional exercise in fact will strengthen your muscles, and your lungs and heart also will function better overall. After a while your body will get used to exercising more and coping with regular work becomes easier as your body grow stronger.
Tip #2: Eat Snacks When Tired
Food is essentially energy. So if you feel exhausted, a snack will surely provide a quick boost. The more sugary the snack of choice is the faster it gives you energy. However, the energy runs out rapidly and then you feel more exhausted after one or two hours till you eat again. The solution? Eat a snack in-between meals during break times at your job or school.
Tip #3: Abandon Caffeinated Drinks
After you give up all caffeinated drinks, you should feel more awake and even energetic throughout the day. You will see that you can live without sodas. Instead, choose to drink bottled water or juice.
Tip #4: Sleep Well
Sleeping well is extremely important for people with ASD, for it’s the time your body needs to recover and repair itself. Try to get at least 7 hours, if not 8. If you have a very busy day and are falling short on your sleep, take “cat naps” during the day whenever you get a chance to be back on track. Face it, you can’t deceive nor trick your body; your body will require that missed minutes of sleep and demand rest from you.
Tip #5: Decrease Sensory Overload
It’s very possible to reduce sensory overload by first identifying the causes and addressing them. For example, do the following:
Wear sunglasses or a hat on a sunny day.
Wear headphones if it’s very loud, or just walk away.
Leave the work site at break times to eat alone in the car or at a park.
Enjoy a quiet stroll to a local store.
Stay in your room to rest your brain and senses from the overload you have gotten in the day.
Tip #6: Right Diet
Eating the right diet is a major part of having enough energy to help you get through the day. For example, consuming the correct snacks at the right times greatly improves your energy levels. Try to find the balance of eating the correct amount for the energy you use, which will also help you maintain a healthy weight. This will in turn make daily tasks easy to perform.
If you practice all 6 tips, you will feel less tired and be able to last longer.