My book includes a story from Shonda L., who has always had trouble sleeping because of her auditory over-responsivity. Overstimulated, she couldn’t sleep. Under-stimulated, she could sleep forever.
“What is sleep like for a teenager with SPD? For me, it was a mixed bag. When I was over-stimulated, there was no sleeping. Other nights, when I was in an under-responsive cycle, I was able to sleep for what felt like days, and I could fall asleep anywhere. Sometimes it felt like I couldn’t get enough sleep, no matter how early I went to bed or what time I got up.
"There were also nights, though, that I couldn’t fall asleep under any circumstance. It felt like I had bugs crawling on my skin, and if my blanket touched me, it actually hurt. Those nights, nothing helped. So I would just have to suffer until the next night and hope to be so tired I could sleep through the buggy feeling.
"I became a sheet snob. I had to have 100% cotton sheets and the higher the thread count, the better. I still sleep under a heavy comforter, even in the middle of a hot and sticky summer. The heat doesn’t matter; I need the heaviness to be comfortable.”