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Sleep (and lack thereof)

August 15, 2013

Do you get enough sleep every night? I certainly don’t. Partly my own fault, and partly my toddler son’s fault. He’s never been a great sleeper, from his newborn days, and continues to give us challenges. I don’t feel alone. Talking to other parents, it seems like sleep always comes up as a topic of annoyance / stress / complete despair. And, it seems to come up at every age and stage.

Lately, the issue in our house isn’t J sleeping through the night, it’s getting to sleep quickly and staying asleep long enough. J takes forever to settle at night (a consequence of going pacifier-less, moving to a big bed, and generally just being an energetic little fellow.). For a long time, we’d put him to bed at 8:30 and he wouldn’t fall asleep until 9:30 — or later. But he seemed to make up for this by sleeping in until at least 7:30am. Lately, he’s been taking a long time to fall asleep and, for some inexplicable reason, getting up by 6:00am every day. He also skips his naps not infrequently. The result? A very sleep deprived, cranky toddler. Which means a very sleep deprived, cranky mother. Not a great combination.

I’m hoping that, like many other phases, this too shall pass. But, in the meantime, we got him this OK to Wake clock that glows green when it’s time to get out of bed. My dream? Even if J wakes up at 5:45am, he will refrain from waking me until the green light goes off at 7. He may still be cranky, but I’ll be a little better equipped to deal with the tears and defiance and tantrums.

Here are some sleep tips from the Mayo Clinic for any insomniacs out there — with or without sleepless toddlers.

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