Sleep is essential for health and well-being. It helps with energy levels and moods. Sleep also helps with learning, memory, attention and concentration. A lack of sleep may interfere with all of those.
As adults we need at least 7 to 8 hours sleep each night. For those with Cerebral Palsy, they may have additional problems to contend with in terms of sleep, such as pain and discomfort from muscle spasms, uncontrolled movements, breathing or swallowing difficulties, digestion or reflux problems, seizures and/or epilepsy.
Having to take conventional medication to cope with any disability, may also be a contributing factor. We all deal with different things. Allergies, colds or other general health conditions, may also play a role in our inability to sleep or stay asleep. Cerebral Palsy tends to make conditions like those, so much worse.
Problems pertaining to sleep invariably becomes a habit that can interfere with sleep patterns. Some people may find that managing their sleep environment around Cerebral Palsy is a problem, finding it difficult to move around in bed or simply adjusting the sheets and blankets if they fall.
There is help out there if you know to look for it from Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Dieticians, Orthopaedic Surgeons, Neurologists and General Practitioners.