We are delighted to have recently received ‘Sleep Right’ accreditation from Hunrosa, the only sleep consultancy commissioned by the NHS and NASS (National Association of Independent Schools and Non-Maintained Special Schools).
As we all know sleep is a vital part of our wellbeing and is especially important for children. But a fact that is less commonly know is that it is more common for young people with SEND to experience sleep difficulties, and many of the young people who stay with us do in fact experience problems with their sleep.
There are many reasons for this, and the effects of disturbed sleep can have far reaching implications, including low mood, irritability and a decline in motivation, which in turn can lead to a decreased capacity to learn, for example a child diagnosed with autism tends to produce less natural melatonin, the hormone used by the body to control sleep patterns, and sometimes just being a teenager can shift your body clock, both of which will cause sleep disturbance.
So this was the driving force behind wanting to gain a better understanding of sleep, the factors which influence it and how we can support the young people at Chailey Heritage Foundation to get better quality sleep.
Alana, Night Manager at Chailey Heritage Foundation, who attended the training along with Deputy Night Manager, Kim, said:
“It’s really important to establish and maintain a good sleep pattern, we can monitor an individual’s sleep patterns by using sleep diaries to collate information and make an assessment.
We have to factor in all of the variables and build a complete picture of what’s going on prior to sleep, that includes diet, the environment, even a child’s sensory needs and then we can put a sleep plan in place to support that young person get the sleep they did to pursue their potential.”