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Parents of any newborns will know that sleep is a rare commodity. But did you know that 80% of disabled children experience sleep issues? And these can last for many years.
Sarah is one mum who was experiencing extreme sleep deprivation. For five years her daughter Florence, who has autism, would regularly wake up to seven times during the night. It meant Sarah was often surviving on just two hours sleep.
“She is overtired – I am tired, stressed, angry….”
Sarah was referred to Scope’s Sleep Solutions service. Thankfully, our sleep practitioners work with disabled children and their families to find practical solutions to sleepless nights.
She was encouraged to create a new sleep routine, after learning lots of practical dos and don’ts. These included a later bed time, dimmed lights, a warm bath, pyjamas upstairs only, and some massage. It ended with the last word being said to the child: “sleep”. Amazingly, after only three weeks, things started to drastically improve.
“The new routine needs to start later – Flo doesn’t need as much sleep as I thought!”
Sarah kept a diary during the sleep programme, and here’s how she got on…
“Straight back to bed, no engaging in conversation, give her a kiss, tuck her in, and last word is ‘sleep!'”
“I feel like I have my energy back!”
You can watch our film featuring Sarah to hear more about how she got on.
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