Monday, January 31, 2011

At A Loss

I'm seriously so frustrated over Brooke's sleeping situation right now that I'm could scream. I'm not angry at her or anything but I just don't know how to resolve the problem and it's driving me insane.

Here's what's going on.... She has been having a very, very hard time going to sleep at night. Sometimes she's up for hours in her room just laying there. She's not really a problem in there (except for when she comes out for random requests from time to time) but I feel bad that she's going through this. I was resolved to just cutting out her afternoon nap (though the thought alone killed me). The problem with this is that she becomes sleepy in the afternoon and very grumpy in the evenings without the sleep. I'm assuming that that just takes time for her to adjust though.

However, my whole plan went down the drain today. She slept for 20 minutes in the car at 1:15 this afternoon and when we got home she was grumpy and miserable. Her attitude and bad mood continued until 7:30 when she asked to go to bed. I thought she would drift quickly off into dreamland but I was wrong.. It's almost 10 and she is still tossing and turning in her room. I'm at my wits end!

She has no caffeine so that's definitely not the culprit and her sugar intake isn't such that she should be wired until all hours of the night. She was unable to sleep last night and was up until after 10. On top of that, she woke up abnormally early this morning at 7:15 so she should be exhausted.

I'm wondering why in the world this child won't sleep! It wouldn't bother me if Adrienne wasn't going to be moving in her room in a few weeks. I know it's silly but I have such major anxiety over this whole situation because I fear that instead of having one child up until 10 that I'll have 2. I love my children but come on, sleep is a vital part of our existence.

Does anyone have any insight on this?? Please, please, please share your tips with me. I'm in desperate need here!


Meadowlark said...

Note - it's been 23 years since I've had little kids - that said: 7:15 does not seem early. For some reason I remember kids waking up at 6 or so. So by the time 8p rolled around, they were ready to hit the sack.

You might try waking her up in the morning a bit earlier to get her schedule adjusted.

That said, I also remember that they pretty much do as they please until they work it out. That's not so much help though :(

Good luck.

Simply Complicated said...

We went thru this scenario with Allie (just turned 4). I tried no nap but she was too tired/crabby by supper time. Tried waking her up from a nap so she didn't sleep too long and she'd be sooo crabby and then lay awake at night. Sounds similar. My decision was to completely eliminate her nap. And actually once she adjusted to this she is TOTALLY fine now until bedtime at night (8pm). I've read that kids this age need 11-14 hours of sleep. Allie sleeps GOOD from 8:/8:30pm-8am every night. If she falls asleep AT ALL even just for 5 min in the car - she will lay awake in her room for hours. What a strange thing, but how do you MAKE them sleep?! Frustrating.
We still do a "quiet time" in the afternoon and she has an hour in her room with books/toys but she doesn't sleep. IF she falls asleep some afternoon randomly I just let her stay up with me till like 10pm. Not ideal, but it is what it is...
Best of luck to you and I look forward to hearing what you try and how you resolve it!

rccalyn said...

I don't have any tips, but we're having major sleep issues with Arianna lately. I'm starting to wonder/hope that once the girls share a room, it will resolve itself. Maybe that will help in your situation? Or at least change something about it to work better?