Postural Management During Sleep
Posture & Function
Annually, children spend 42% of their time in a sleeping or lying position (Goldsmith, 2000). Sleepform has been designed to ensure the comfort of users at night or during rest by inhibiting abnormal postural reflexes, and preventing heat and pressure build ups.
As in the seated position, in lying the pelvis is the first body segment to consider for stability and support, as it affects the symmetry of the trunk, head and legs.
The pelvis can be appropriately supported in a neutral position by the unique moulding ability of the Sleepform mattress.
Where the recommended sleep posture is side lying, the user can be safely and comfortably supported using the Sleepform mattress and the airflow knee pillow.
Trunk and Head Alignment
It is important that the trunk and head are supported as symmetrically as possible in the resting or sleeping posture, as gravity and tone can have a destructive effect on the shape of the ribcage. In the long term this can have a detrimental effect on breathing and digestion.
The Sleepform mattress can be used the opposite way round when the biggest challenge lies in stabilising the shoulders and head.
Leg and Foot Positioning
As in the seated posture, the position of the legs and feet can disturb overall body symmetry, particularly during sleep when the child cannot recover from these destructive postures.
When hamstrings are tight, lying with straight legs is not possible so the legs to fall to one side or the other. Over time this becomes a windswept posture. Supporting behind the knees with a roll takes the strain off hamstrings.
Where legs are prone to windsweeping, frogging or scissoring, the elasticated leg guides allow limited movement while gently bringing the legs back into a midline position.
Sleep is an important function in its own right, both for growth and development. Often children wake during sleep due to temperature control problems or needing to change posture.
The Outlast temperature control sheet (developed by NASA) keeps the body at a constant temperature.
Designed to be unobtrusive in the child’s bed, the Sleepform mattress can be easily re-moulded as needed by carers.
Size 1: 0-1Yrs, Suitable for Cot
Size 2: 1-5Yrs, Suitable for Cot
Size 3: 1-5Yrs, Suitable for Single bed
Size 4: 5-18Yrs, Suitable for Single bed
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Some products require an assessment to ensure they are clinically suitable for the individual. For further information and pricing please complete the enquiry form, call us on UK 0800 318 265 or ROI 1800 626 020 or contact your nearest dealer.