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Sleep Positioning


 

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Sleep Positioning refers to the specific therapeutic positioning of a person’s body during sleep and it can be a vital component in the overall postural management, sleep quality, and care of a person with a significant physical disability.  For example, a child with severe Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy may have a difficult time sleeping due to abnormal movement and postural instability, or difficulties with breathing, swallowing or digestion.  This not only compromises health and safety during the nighttime, but it can also lead to poor sleep quality and duration – for both the disabled person and their caregiver.  Additionally, many children with neuromuscular impairment sleep in asymmetrical postures which may promote the development of joint contractures or deformities such as scoliosis and hip dislocation. 

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