yurt i have seen and been on loads of sleep threads this week. it is something to do with light or new moon or weather... adults have gone a bit odd too. can you sit with him, or bring him into your bed?
I've had this on occasion with my dds, both younger and neither aspergers, and (obviously) both girls, so no idea if same things could help. But:
I let them know I understand they are frightened, so they feel heard.
Then I have tried different things, which work at different times: with dd1, I get her to imagine a safe place 'if there was a safe place for you to sleep, what would it look like? Who would be there with you?' etc and just talk her through it till she gets calm and sleepy.
With dd2, who is scared to sleep in case she dreams of monsters, we draw her 'monsters' and 'talk' to them - she calms down as soon as she has expressed wahtever it is thats scaring her, and made it more concrete.
With an older child, I think I would ask them what would help? And makes suggestions: would putting a light on help? Would me staying upstairs for a while help? Would certain toys/objects to protect you help? etc etc.
Sorry if none of that is helpful, its so hard to think of things without knowing your ds personally!
meant to say I sometimes get ds1 (7) down for a bit after bedtime if he can't settle. he likes having half an hour on the settee with me on our own (usally watching Corrie!) then goes up and gets to sleep with no problem.
the weather is a bit odd at the moment - close and sticky.
I give DD1, also 7 and a bit sensitive, a particular teddy that I have told to watch over her and not let any bad dreams come in her room.
I've also told her that she knows she's dreaming and she'd to tell the bad things in her dream to go away that she's knows they ar enot real and can't harm her. Both have managed to calm her enough to get to sleep.
If bad dreams do come we deal with them at the time and depending on severity, I let her in my bed or get up to sit on the ocuch for a while whatever works. I think removing him from his room for a little while might help.
could he even lie beside you whilst you're MNetting?
I think that tomorrow I am going to give him a big bit of paper and get him to draw/write down all of his terrible thoughts/dreams/frustrations about school/other hassles - hopefully getting it all down on paper will help
I am that lavender and anti monster sprays will no longer do the trick with him!
no proper advice for you really, but these night lights are brilliant, my dds have them. They switch off after 45 mins and project stars all over the ceiling. I often go in to see dds in the night and the nightlight is on because they have turned them on when they have woken up.