Wednesday, October 17, 2007
The Mysteries of Sleep
I complained last month about Ashlyn's sleeping issues. I restrained myself from continuing to whine about the lack of sleep around here for the next few weeks, because it only slightly improved for about a month or so. She started sleeping all night most nights, but was getting up between 4:30 and 5 EVERY morning. We kept putting her back in bed. We tried keeping her up later. Benadryl was considered. I reread one of my sleep books that suggested teaching your child to stay in bed until the clock said a specific time. Then, her naps started getting shorter as well. At about the 4th week, the lack of sleep was truly causing problems for her. Since she obviously needed more sleep, we put her to bed earlier. Though we were afraid that she would get up earlier, we weren't sure that it was even possible. So, she slept later the next day, and the next, and the next, and so on. Even though I'd read when she was an infant that the more sleep a child gets, the more sleep they will want, I wasn't sure that earlier was what she needed at this point. Now, when I say that she has slept later, I'm talking at least 5:30, but usually 6. But, she has been well-rested and pleasant. A much better situation all around........ until this morning. Not 4:30 again! Nooooooo!