A common theme amongst autistic people is that they can often experience problems getting a restful night's sleep. This can become a debilitating issue unless you can find a way to improve their sleep pattern.
Here is a look at some of the critical reasons autistic people can regularly struggle to sleep well at night and an overview of beds for autism and other specific products like the Extreme Opal Sofa that can help improve their comfort and reduce stress levels at the same time.
How are sleep and Autism related?
The National Autistic Society provides some helpful guidance on what sort of underlying issues and causes can lead to an autistic person struggling to sleep.
Some of the fundamental causes that might lead to sleep problems for an autistic person include:
- Secretion of the sleep hormone melatonin can be irregular in autistic people, and this regulates sleep patterns and impacts the body clock as a result.
- Sensory sensitivity can also prove to be a distraction. Exposure to devices that emit the so-called blue light, such as laptops, phones, and other screens, can keep an autistic person awake for longer.
- Autistic children can often experience increased anxiety levels and struggle to relax, which can lead to insomnia.
Winding down and relaxing
The key to helping an autistic person get to sleep and enjoy a restful night often involves several valuable initiatives and adjustments to their environment.
The Extreme Opal sofa has been specifically designed to offer comfort and safety to someone with autistic behaviours. It will most likely help to keep them calm and relaxed when used.
This can help as part of the routine in preparation for bedtime and offers several design features specifically aimed at helping someone with autism.
You will find that the Extreme Opal sofa has extreme upholstering and comes fully boarded out in vital potential impact areas, helping to keep them safe and comfortable.
Rethink your choice of bed
The Wyoming Bed aims to be a virtually indestructible platform bed. It is designed to provide the strength and comfort to provide the solid foundation for creating a safe and relaxing sleep environment.
One of the best strategies for helping autistic people to build a good sleep pattern is to establish a reassuring routine that includes reducing exposure to devices that emit blue light at least a couple of hours before bed.
In addition, making the bedroom as comfortable and secure as possible is going to help counteract the sensory challenges that can be detrimental to sleep.
Get in touch with Reinforced Beds today to talk about our bed and sofa options that have been designed with autistic needs in mind.