Learn How Elaine Is Sleeping Better Than Ever

Meet Elaine, a 9 year old girl with autism who would spend most of her nights awake with very little sleep. Maybe 6 hours a night but would be up off and on all night. To the point where father could hear her making noises from the bedroom.⁣ ⁣ Sometimes she would have to calm herself in her closet.⁣ ⁣ After her family received Grant Support from the state of Minnesota for the purchase of her bed, Elaine is now sleeping 11 hours straight through on many nights. ⁣ Throughout the course of Elaine's life she has gone through many stages where she was trying to find comfort and calm so she could feel energized throughout the day.⁣ ⁣ As she has a sensory processing disorder, she's needed to make certain adjustments in her lifestyle.⁣ ⁣ For example, she would always keep her hair cut short because she couldn't stand the thought of her parents blow drying her hair.⁣ ⁣ The intensity of the sound was something that gave her so much discomfort that she finally decided to just keep her hair short.⁣ ⁣ This created another internal dilemma that was giving her discomfort. She would have to face social judgement from other classmates due to her style of her.⁣ ⁣ As this internal dilemma is so vivid and frustrating for Elaine... choosing between cutting her hair versus social judgement has been a challenging decision. Even though she really wanted to have long hair, the discomfort of the blow dryer was so bothersome that she chose to keep her hair short.⁣ ⁣ However, things have now changed. Within the first week of getting her bed, for the first time ever, she said to her father,⁣ ⁣

"Dad, do you mind blow drying my hair today?"

Her mother and father were stunned! This was unprecedented.⁣

And, as you can see, her hair is growing longer the way she enjoys it.⁣

Also, when she feels stressed and needs her safe space, she no longer goes into her closet to calm herself; she can calm herself in her bed.⁣

And, another added touch, when the family plays board games, no one leaves the table in anger. Which apparently, Elaine found herself getting a little upset during family game time.⁣

It just goes to show us, never underestimate the value of a full night of sleep.

-The zPods Family

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