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My family struggled with sleep for YEARS. It often took hours to get my child to sleep, and even though she might not fall asleep until 11 pm or midnight, she’d still wake up anytime between the hours of 1 am and 5 am each day. We were chronically sleep deprived.
We consulted with her pediatrician. We did a sleep study. We tried Melatonin. We’d hear same response: Have a set bedtime. No electronics. Take a warm bath.
As many as 89% of parents who have children with special needs report sleep difficulties, most commonly: trouble getting to sleep, staying asleep or early wake times.
We tried the standard advice, but alone, it did not work. Through trial and error, I found an approach that works for us and it includes using the Dreampad Pillow.
I purchased this via Kickstarter about 2 years ago, and my daughter has used it every night since. I remember watching this product on Shark Tank — and thinking that the Sharks got it oh-so WRONG when they passed. They don’t understand the value of a good night’s sleep, or how parents who have children with special needs are desperate for a solution (I know that was!)
I remember staring at the clock at 3 am wondering how my kiddo could be up and at ’em after only 3 or 4 hours of sleep each day.
When we finally mastered good sleep, we saw so many changes – her attention and overall behavior improved significantly – and I stopped being a zombie.
Yes, it’s pricey for a pillow – but I’d urge you to try it. It’s a non-invasive way to help calm down the nervous system, and it works. I now have to wake my daughter for school!
If you’re interested in trying out Dreampad, you can take advantage of our discount code: DP129 for 15% off.
For states that have a family reimbursement program for children with disabilities, check to see if this a qualified expense, particularly if your child has a documented sleep disturbance or related diagnosis.