Does anyone have a child with SPD that doesn't sleep well? If so, help me.

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Karen - posted on 02/28/2012

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Hi ..

This has been my life for the last 6.5 years..Ben has never slept.. fallen asleep on his own... managed to sleep all night .. put himself back to sleep if he woke at night.



THEN I got a memory foam mattress, some Egyptian cotton sheets and he sleep in the nude. BUT the biggest factor in him feeling comfortable is his weighted blanket. We have had this about a month now and he has slept probably 20 nights out of that month. The other 10 nights he has woken when his weighted blanket falls off the bed. So I am trying to figure out how I can make it stay on :o)



I would strongly suggest you have a very comfortable mattress, memory foam is great because it has no bumps and lumps to make him uncomfortable. And the egyptian cotton sheets are so soft and comfortable too. And the biggest find it the weighted blanket...I wish I had heard about them years ago.



Hope that helps and you start to get some sleep too.

I am now struggling with getting sleep, as stupid as it sounds, I am not used to sleeping all night and feel tired when I wake up now, but it is something I am looking forward to getting used to :o)

Ashley - posted on 02/27/2012

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I decided to just copy and paste here because it seems silly to try to make you go through the posts to find mine. I have struggled and struggled with this. My son has been so hard in this regard. I mean, I haven't had a good night's sleep in over 5 years until now. I think I have found what works for us...

(copied from my post)

My son is more than 5 years old. He has never slept through the night. Not once. He has never gone to sleep on his own. Not once. For 2 years (from about 10 months to almost 3) he slept in our bed with us - it was the only way he could sleep - and he STILL woke up several times a night. We got him in a toddler bed "most" of the time, but then it went downhill.



Don't underestimate the importance of comfort to these kiddos. My son got too big for his toddler bed and we had a futon in there for guests, so we just put him on there until we could afford a new bed. Well.... you know how time gets away - it's been like 2 years now he's been on the futon. He started complaining about his comfort level so we went and got him a nice bed - with a nice mattress - more than we wanted to spend - from a real furniture store. Really - a nice mattress - comfortable. (I am trying to stress the comfort - not the price - it wasn't like you get at walmart or something - I would like a mattress this nice - lol)



And I decided to get nice sheets (very soft, very comfy, kind of cooling) and new pillows too - kind of firm, not too soft, etc.

We have had that bed for 2 weeks now and he has slept through the night every single night. AND went to sleep by himself the last two nights - by his own request.

Try to find out if anything comfort wise is bothering your child. Maybe they need softer or tighter pajamas, or looser or cooler, maybe they need nicer, or cooler, or crisper sheets. Maybe their bed isn't the right softness or hardness, etc. My son likes the cool side of the pillow, so I am going to get one of those cooling pillows when we can afford it.

They have cooling sheets too. It really has made all the difference for us. Hope this helps.



I mean we tried everything - noise machines, night light on or off, different PJ's, etc - this is what is working for us. I can't describe the relief I have.

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Cathy - posted on 10/28/2012

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My son was hard to get to sleep too and then one day he says I like the sheets on your bed mommy they are cool and softer. So he now has my sheets on his bed and a foam under it so the best is softer. I get him PJ of his favorite characters so that's working. He puts a ton of covers on him at night - even with his weighted blanket. It doesn't matter if it is hot or cold. He likes routine. He is 8 and still likes me to hide in his room so he can find me - like where can I really hide? They love routine, routine, routine. If you mess with routine it's a major ordeal. We count down so he knows what to expect. In 15 minutes its bed time, in 10 and then 5 then 1. This gives them a chance to settle down.

Erin - posted on 03/10/2012

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I would suggest taking her with you to look at beds. Find one that she really likes (with my son we got one with a slide and fort-like play are attached, with my cousin it was a car bed) and make a deal with her that if you are going to get her this "big girl" bed she has to promise to sleep in it every night. If you can convince her that the new bed is all her idea and it's something she really wants it may go smoother. I know, it's manipulative, but it works.

Patricia - posted on 03/10/2012

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Thanks for all your help. We will be starting OT at Easter Seals in a few weeks and I will ask about the weighted blanket and the brush. My little girl is 2 and is still in her crib because she doesn't handle change very well so I don't know how to get her to a different bed that might be more comfortable. I will have to talk to the OT about that, unless anyone has any suggestions. I have a small house so I don't have room for bouncing back and forth to the crib. If I take it down it has to stay that way. Help?

Karen - posted on 03/05/2012

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AH now I see, I think he would love this.. he loves his spiky blue dot as he calls it.

His spiky air cushion.

I will get one of those today :o)

Thank you

Erin - posted on 03/05/2012

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The brush we use is rectangle and has short, flexible plastic bristles that are very close together. In the maternity ward they gave us a sponge brush very much like it with a sponge on one side and the bristles on the other. If I can find a link with a picture or to a store I will add it.

Karen - posted on 03/05/2012

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I have hear of the brushing.. call me stupid but what kind of 'brush' do you use?

My child is quite sensitive to touch and I don't know if he will tolerate it, but I will try anything.

He didn't settle til 23:00 last night, waking at 2:00 and 3:00 staying awake til nearly 4:00 ... I don't know about him, but I am pooped!

Erin - posted on 03/05/2012

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Another thing that has helped my son to sleep is brushing his arms, legs and back at bed time. Also, in addition to a weighted blanket, we stuffed his toy penguin with heavy beads to give it some weight and that seems to help as well.

Ashley - posted on 02/29/2012

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OMG, Karen - I swear to everything that is good an holy in this world that if I had just KNOWN this would do it, I would have done it 4 years ago.

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