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Getting Restful Sleep With SPD

Getting Restful Sleep With SPD


Sensory processing disorder (SPD) occurs when the brain fails to process visual, audial, or tactile information that it receives from the environment. Here is some helpful information about the nature of this condition, and what can one do to deal with some of the side effects that it can cause.


Symptoms and Causes of SPD


SPD can affect multiple senses or be concentrated to a singular response to sensory input. Hypersensitivity is a common side effect of SPD and can be triggered by loud noises, textures, and disruptions to common routines. Certain triggers may cause extreme reactions that can be disruptive. Doctors are still unsure as to what causes the SPD. Some studies suggest that there may be a genetic predisposition for developing the SPD. Regardless of the causes of SPD, children with SPD lack the ability to process senses in the same ways as others. This can cause difficulty with common activities, such as sleeping.


Sleep Issues


Children with SPD can be triggered by the slightest noise, touch, smell or movement. This can make falling asleep and staying asleep a real challenge. Processing the transition from daily activity to sleep can also be challenging for children with SPD. Here are some proactive solutions that can help children with SPD get a restful night’s sleep:


●        Wear seamless clothing to bed. Sleepwear without tags and seams provides comfortable relaxation for children who are triggered through touch.

●        Use a fan for constant noninvasive noise

●        Wear compression gear. In addition to seamless clothing, compression gear can provide pressure input for muscles and joints.

●        Use a firmer pillow

●        Use heavy blankets and covers

●        Make sure that sheets are tucked in firmly


Issues with sensory processing can often be detected early on. Toddlers who show symptoms such as problems with coordination, balance, and/or trouble engaging in play or conversation may be displaying signs of SPD. There are many tools available to help mitigate the triggers that cause difficulty for those struggling with SPD. With the right education and treatment, parents can work to support each child’s individual needs.


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