Unfortunately, Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and sleep difficulties often go hand-in-hand. This is a serious issue for several reasons, not the least of which is that sleep quality affects mental health. In honor of Mental Health Month, we’re looking at the link between SPD and sleep problems. After all, there can be no good mental health without the basics, like adequate rest and recovery.
Sensory Processing Disorder is a neurological condition where the individual does not properly process sensory input. For obvious reasons, this can impact sleep quality. And poor sleep can produce a whole host of other issues. For more details on SPD, check out our blog What is Sensory Processing Disorder, and What Does it Mean?
Why Does Quality Sleep Matter?
- Poor immune function
- Poor concentration
- Higher blood pressure
- Poor performance at school or work
- Irritability, depression, and anxiety
- 11-14 hours of sleep for 1-2 years of age
- 10-13 hours of sleep for 3-5 years of age
- 9-12 hours of sleep for 6-12 years of age
Identifying Poor Sleep Patterns
- They take longer than 15-20 minutes to fall asleep
- They cannot fall asleep unless someone is in the room or in the bed
- They are generally restless, changing positions frequently
- Sleep patterns are inconsistent, such as 5 hours one night and 11 hours the next night
- Waking up in the middle of the night on a regular basis
- Getting less than 7-8 hours of sleep on a regular basis
Tips for Better Sleep
Consider sensory issues
Create a winning routine
Make changes slowly
Conclusion: SPD and Sleep Problems