How do you address your children's poor sleeping habits?

Having a child who is a poor sleeper can wreak havoc on everyone's day - low energy, fussiness, lack of concentration for your child can spell a lot of extra output for Mom, too. How can you help your problem sleeper sleep better?

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Aah, a topic close to my heart. I have triplets. They slept in the same room till they were almost 5. One of my daughters developed a sleeping problem. She would wake up in the middle of the night, turn on all the lights and was bright eyed and bushy tailed. The only problem is that mom is not very social at 3 am ... that makes for a long day. So it really depends on how old the kids are. For my daughter, I started keeping track of her sleep schedule to see if I was overreacting of it was really happening every night and started recording the conditions. Then, when she was awake we started talking about what good sleep could do for her growing body and for mom's energy. I also told her it was normal to wake up several times a night but that we didn't get out of bed. To break what had become a habit, I basically set my alarm for 2:45 am. I waited outside their door. At the first sign of her being awake I would walk in, gently rub her back, tell her she was OK and make sure she stayed in bed. If she did, big party the next day. Mom had a lot of energy. Enough to make cupcakes etc. It took about 2 weeks and she had a new habit of staying in bed even if she was awake.

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Great idea!

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A regular night light can interrupt sleep, but a red light is reported to not interrupt the brain waves. I put red Christmas decoration lights in our night light holders yeas ago, including in our bathroom. When I get up in the night, I can go right back to sleep.

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That makes a lot of sense. I'll have to try it.

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