This sensory sheet is a game changer for people with anxiety, autism, ADHD, or other special needs! It is helpful for so many needs. It really helps 4 of my children to sleep better and calm when they can’t get to sleep because of ADHD or have have anxiety or panic attacks, and it is a literal life saver for my oldest son with epilepsy.
What is the Sensory Sheet?
The sensory sheet like the SnugBug is a sheet for the bed made of thin, stretchy lycra and it fits around the mattress like a pillow case. You put it on over a fitted sheet. It is lightweight, very breathable, and easy to clean. It provides sensory input on the whole body, but it also allows for easy movement. Kids love to make shapes in the SnugBug and it is great for sensory play. My kids love their sensory sheets and even as teens and pre-teens they use them and highly recommend them to help reduce anxiety, fidgeting, and get a better sleep.
How does a sensory sheet like SnugBug help?
- For kids and adults with sensory needs – The sensory sheet provides the same input as a weighted blanket but it is light weight and it continues to provide sensory input as the child moves. For children like mine who like tight hugs, tight clothes, and tight shoes, the deep sensory feel of this sheet is very calming and grounding.
- For kids with ADHD – My daughters with ADHD had a lot of trouble staying still and getting to sleep. They tended to fidget at night and toss and turn. The deep sensory input of the sensory sheet helps my daughters relax at night and fall asleep without the need to fidget or toss and turn.
- For people with anxiety – The deep sensory input of the sheet is grounding and calming and helps to reduce anxiety. It is tight but you can easily move about unrestricted. For my children who suffer from diagnosed PTSD for past abuse, sleeping in the sensory sheet is calming and they are experiencing less anxiety and nightmares.
Our Sensory Sheet is a literal life saver for my son with epilepsy!
If you follow my blog, you know that my oldest son has severe disabilities including complex epilepsy. He has hard grand mal seizures atleast once per week. When he is coming out of a hard seizure, he feels confused, disoriented, and anxious. This often results in him trying to bang his head or hurt himself in other ways. We talked to his doctors but there was nothing to help us keep him safe that wouldn’t restrain his movement which could injure him if he went back into a seizure.
We started putting him into his sensory sheet when he is coming out of a hard seizure and trying to hurt himself. Being in the sheet is almost instantly calming to him. The deep sensory input combined with the ability to move freely is grounding to my son and helps him to rest peacefully after a seizure. He loves his sensory sheet and he does not try to hurt himself when he is in it. I love that it does not restrict his movement so that he is safe if he has another seizure and he is able to easily get out as soon as he is awake.
In the past, my son has attempted to hit his head on sharp corners and hard floors. He has hurt himself and this was a huge concern for us. It is not an exaggeration to say that he could kill himself with the self injurious behavior he tried to do as he was coming out of hard seizures. The sheet has been an answer to prayers. He is able to stay safe and feel calm which is so important.
Are you crafty?
If you sew, you can save money by making these sensory sheets yourself. They are the shape of a bed size pillow case so the construction would not be difficult if you know how to work with Lycra. I have included links to the lycra material for you if you want to make these. The lycra material also makes great sensory swings, sensory socks and sensory wraps. I like to keep a scrap of lycra about 1″ x 1″ in my bag for when my son starts to have an anxiety attack. Playing with the lycra helps to calm him when he can’t crawl int his sheet.
I really recommend the SnugBug sensory sheet! It is an invaluable tool to help my kids. Get it today to help your child with anxiety or special needs.
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