It’s easy to believe that bad sleep patterns are connected to conditions like Cerebral Palsy, but like everything connected with Cerebral Palsy, there is little or no information out there to clarify or confirm our thinking.
Sleep disturbances can be a common childhood problem, but is particularly problematic in children who suffer with neurological problems such as Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, learning difficulties and autism spectrum disorders, as well as for those children who suffer with visual impairment, possibly because children with these kind of disorders have difficulty recognising and attuning sleep cycles to those of the outside world.
If a child has those difficulties, what makes the adult sleep any better?
As adults we tend to have other problems that contribute to bad sleep patterns including stress. Scientists believe that melatonin a hormone in the brain that is produced by the pineal gland, works to treat sleep disturbances in children brought about by neurological conditions.
Although the body naturally produces melatonin, the body goes on to produce more melatonin at night, so helps to promote better sleep for those who struggle to stay asleep. For this reason scientists have been using melatonin in the treatment of children with sleep disturbances.
To date, little research has been done on the drug. Various tests have been carried out at a large Paediatric clinic and whilst melatonin has significantly improved all aspects of sleep in those children tested, with 93% recording significant benefits, there still needs to be more research on the drug itself. It would be helpful to make the connections though.
It would be good to find out how many people out there do struggle, for us to share views. It would be lovely to hear from you, please get in touch.