Saturday, January 19, 2008

Sleep Strike!

My son is on a sleep strike. I don't know what to do! I've tried everything. I let him sleep whenever he wants to, even when its not convenient, or I've tried restricting his sleep in the day so that he'll go to bed earlier, but nothing seems to help. He keeps waking up in the middle of the night WIDE awake. We don't pick him up unless we get really desperate, we just sit by his crib rubbing his face or tummy or just sit there so he can see us. It takes an hour or so most nights these days. Sometimes, we eventually give in and feed him a bottle to get him to sleep again, but we try not to so he can be retrained to fall asleep on his own. He is teething a little so we've done Tylenol, that hasn't done much, and he doesn't seem to be sick any more. And its not just at night. His daytime sleep has been affected too. Yesterday he slept a total of slightly more than 1 hour all day, and that was in three naps. You have to understand, this is a kid that usually takes 2-3 naps and then sleeps 12 good hours on a regular basis and we've had several bad weeks with only an occasional good night here or there. Ryan is fighting him to sleep as I type. He had a good nap this morning but when it came time for his afternoon nap he was wide awake...its fine for a while cause he's happy but then it becomes painfully obvious that he's ready to sleep and he won't! Yesterday I went on a drive just so he would sleep for 20 minutes. What has happened to my baby! I know he's getting older and might want to transition his nap schedule a little, but this is not like that... I remember Beth going through phases like this, but they were short lived (and of course, she took a binky which always helps with sleep situations). I'm exhausted! Its one this when you are used to a kid that doesn't sleep, still no fun, I give you that, but your body adjusts! Does anyone have any suggestions? I need help! Okay, rant over.

5 comments:

emily said...

TERRIBLE. it sounds to me like he needs less sleep total. not that i'm an expert (i still give noah a bottle in the night and he's 16 months), but if i were you i would force him down to just two naps, then put him to bed a half hour earlier than normal. probably not helping at all (sounds like this is what you're trying) but that's my only suggestion. sorry dude, sleep issues are the worst.

Phillip, Mary, Elijah, and ? Brough said...

I have no advice. I will seriously pray for you though. Sleep issues ARE the worst, because WE need it to be nice to our children! If they really understood that, boy they'd sleep great, wouldn't they?

em said...

If he is teething try "teething tabs". Greatest thing ever, all natural and have an ingredient that helps with sleeplessness.(Other ingredients help with irritability, which you might want to take if you aren't getting enough sleep).

Diane Owen said...

I've been a big believer in teething tablets for a long time...they didn't really help this time around...so weird. Luckily he seems to be improving. We can hope anyway!!

Nicole Willard said...

Not a fan of the sleep strike. Especially when we can't figure out why!!! I just wanna know why. Maybe I should come get Beth and play so you can have a little nap. How does Thurs sound? I will call you!