How to Help Your Sensory Child Sleep

Updated: Oct 19, 2018

originally written for and published on Wolf+Friends

Did you know that sleep directly impacts physical and mental development in children? The National Sleep Foundation recommends that preschoolers get 10-13 hours of sleep, while school-aged children get 9-11 hours of sleep. Unfortunately, the battle over bedtime is not a new one and this makes those recommendations hard to live up to! Parents know that it can be tricky establishing a bedtime routine that is effective in getting your little one to sleep. Why not take a second look at your child’s bedroom design to see if any tweaks could make bedtime a happier (and easier!) experience for everyone!

Consider the texture of fabrics. Does your child prefer flannel? cotton? sateen? Their favorite t-shirt will help clue you into what fabric texture would be most appealing on their bed. Likewise, tune into what clothes and fabrics they dislike wearing, and make sure those are not mimicked in their bedding! Heavier comforters, down-filled duvets, sleeping bags or weighted blankets can have a relaxing effect, because of the extra pressure, especially for children experiencing sensory disorders, anxiety, stress or issues related to autism. Sometimes you can replicate this weight by adding a heavier quilt on top of existing bedding.

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