Below is a collection of resources, products and technology that may provide you with information and help with sleep deprivation.
We welcome your recommendations and comments on anything that you have tried. These can relate to sleeping tips that have worked for you, or things that have not been so successful.
Bespoke furniture with safety features, including specialist beds and bedroom furniture.
The UrZone bed is a low sensory, portable and machine-washable safe space for sleep, calming down and relaxing. UrZone can be tailored to the specific requirements of the individual.
Snuza® Go! baby monitor is a wearable device which is attached to baby's diaper, and can monitor your baby’s breathing movements.
The Gro essentials range has a number of products such as the Gro-clock, the Gro-anywhere blackout blind, the Gro-light night light and the Gro-hush unique portable white calmer.
This is a smartphone app which monitors sleep patterns and quality with the aim of finding the optimum time to wake the user in line with their personal sleep cycle pattern. However, the monitor can also be used to see how your child is sleeping and when they are most likely to wake.
The Fidgetbum is a device which is designed to keep your child's covers securely in place. It is made from stretchy cotton fabric and runs under your child's mattress, then zips together over the top of the covers.
M&S adaptive clothing has been created especially for younger and older children with special needs. Visit the M&S website.
Reward charts for bedtime routines and more.
Sensory room design and sensory products.
Sleep Systems: Night-time positioning for children is vital in providing integrated posture management
Children spend roughly a third of their time in bed. Our Sleep Systems for Special Needs Children have been designed to enable your child to have a restful night’s sleep. To achieve this, we offer two varieties of sleep systems
From bedtime tantrums to bedwetting, sleep problems can be one of the biggest sources of worry and frustration for parents of children with special needs. Help is here in this down-to-earth, nonjudgmental guide, packed with widely tested, easy-to-use techniques that work for all children, with and without disabilities.
This is a website primarily for people who have sleep apnoea (spelt 'apnea' in some countries). The site provides support and the opportunity to buy comfort accessories and masks for CPAP, BIPAP or APAP treatment.
Sleep products include zip back pyjamas and waterproof bedding.
The Simple Stuff Works Positioning System has been designed to offer a comfortable, hygienic and safe solution whilst helping people of all ages maintain a position that reduces the risk of body shape distortion.
Cerebra have a popular postal lending library of books on topics relating to neurological conditions, media (DVDs) and sensory equipment, such as fibre optics and the ever popular Sensory in a Suitcase, which contains a range of equipment to stimulate all the senses.
Anyone in the UK, (including NI), can borrow items from our library and it’s free to return them by using our freepost address for books or a courier service that we arrange for you for sensory equipment. You can borrow two books at a time and one sensory item for a month at a time.
Victoria (Vicki) Dawson is a successful sleep practitioner and founder of the Children's Sleep Charity. Here, together with health writer Antonia Chitty, she shares her own experiences, those of other sleep experts and those of parents.