Jolynn - posted on 11/30/2011 ( 22 moms have responded )
Are we the only ones dealing with sleep issues with our 3 year old daughter with SPD. She has not slept well since day 1. As an infant we were told she had acid reflux and if we didn't sleep with her on our chest on the couch everynight then we had an acid reflux wedge pillow that we would strap her into, she also had severe vomiting and this helped keep her from aspirating. This was long before we knew anything about SPD. She now sleeps in a toddler bed beside our bed in our room. We told her behavioral therapist that we believe she sleeps for about 2 hours at a time and then we hear her thrashing around and getting her sippy cup and pacifiers. Sometimes she will actually wake up screaming or get out of bed and need to use the bathroom a couple of times a night. Well we just got a HUGE surprise this past week when we started recording her sleeping so we would have "proof" of her restlessness.
We have a camera that will turn on and record whenever it detects movement. The camera is only on her in her bed. During an 8 hour sleep cycle for the past 4 nights we have found the longest length of time that she goes without moving to be 25 minutes!! I was shocked to see the video and see how much she tosses and turned and sits up and gets her juice off the nightstand and then puts it back and flings her arms and legs around. It happens ALL night! She can't possible be getting any deep sleep. Sometimes it looks like she might even be having a mild seizure. Now that we have this information I'm not sure where to go next. A sleep center for kids? A behaviorist? A neurologist? Have any of you had your SPD kids evaluated for sleep problems?
Is this common for SPD kids?
Any help would be appreciated.