Friday, 24 May 2013

Sleep Easy

For the last few years, The Boy Child has not slept well.
There's many a night that he can be up out of bed in the middle of the night.
There's many a night that he can be up out of bed two or three times in the middle of the night.
The pattern is the same.
99% of the time, he trots into our bedroom and fusses until he can get in with us or one of us (usually me) gets out of bed and takes him back to his own bed.
1% of the time, he goes into the bathroom, puts the light on, sits on the loo (seat down) and reads out loud.
Until one of us (usually me) gets out of bed and takes him back to his own bed.
And we haven't even touched on the early morning starts.
The Boy Child considers any time from 5.30 am a good time to begin his day.
We pushed his bed time back half an hour to 8 pm in the hope he would sleep later.
He doesn't.
Today, I took out the single bed from his room and put in the double from the spare bedroom.
 He seems to like it.
Only time will tell.


Margaret J said...

Love it! Couldn't see GT at first but she has been spotted along with Jellybaby Cat. X

alexa said...

Oh, I feel for you and hope you eat some good sleep soon!

alexa said...

That shoud be 'get' not 'eat' - argh!

scrappyjacky said...

Fingers crossed that it helps.

Liz said...

With bedding like that it'll be fun to go to bed. I hope it helps him sleep xxx

Tammy said...

Sure hope it works, Ruth!!!

Abi said...

Hope you all catch some more sleep Ruth. He does look sweet in that bed though!

Lizzie said...

Sympathy on the early starts problem - my lad has always been a v. early riser. Even now, at 15, he's up in the mornings - today it was 6:30. We also had a few problems with late-night waking, though never long-term. I remember the exhaustion of trying to settle him & get back to sleep - and the zombie-ness of the following day(s). I feel for you!
I do hope TBC's lovely new Big Bed will help him feel settled & comfy.
We did manage to teach DS to settle himself and play or read quietly... it took perseverance (of course, he'll happily do that now!!). I hope your young man can learn this skill soon - would a "touch lamp", that you can make brighter or soft light with, be any help? He could have this on low enough to see, without disturbing you - and hopefully it wouldn't keep him awake if he dropped off? Or there are "sunset" lamps that gradually fade and go out - the idea is that it stimulates the pituitary gland to think it's time for sleep.

Anyway, the new bed is fab and the duvet set is even fabbier! Sweet Dreams TBC - and all of you! X

Kirsty.A said...

Good thinking. It's certainly worth a try. Praying it works for you

debs14 said...

I really hope it does the trick because broken nights sleep are tough to cope with. What a great duvet cover!

Liz said...

How did it go? xx

Sian said...

Best of luck with it! I'm kind of tickled by the idea of a bit of a read aloud in the middle of the night. I've been tempted myself on occasion :)

Rhona said...

Hope this helps with TBCs sleep - disturbed nights are the worst! x

Karen said...

Good luck Ruth, I hope it works. I can remember some of the mum's of the children I used to work with saying that it was the constant waking and early morning starts that wore them out more than the unusual behaviour traits.

Barbara said...

Hope it works! Although, I do get up about the same time as him and am often up in the middle of the night. Haven't resorted to reading aloud on the loo yet... :O)

Heather said...

Best of luck Ruth! I remember my boy waking after a couple of hours sleep but he would scream/cry as soon as I left the room again .... gosh the memory of it now :-(
Of course it didnt last so persevere & keep telling yourself that he is not in charge, you are!

Alison said...

Hope it's helped, Ruth!
Alison xx

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I hope and pray it helps, Ruth. There is nothing worse than sleep deprivation. He is so cute in his new bed!