Sleep deprived!! And going crazy

Sarah - posted on 05/27/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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For the last 5 nights my son has been waking up at 3am wide awake, nothing I do will make him go back to sleep, then i try so hard to keep him awake more during the day. But he still wakes up he is only sleeping about 9-10 hours during an entire day, and I was told 4 month old should be sleeping at least 14-15 hours a day. Any suggestions??

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Kelly - posted on 06/04/2010

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Hi ladies! I just wanted to let you know about a wonderful book called Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child. My son started waking up every 2 hrs right around that same age. I was so sleep deprived because of it I was not pleasant to be around during the day. A few of my friends suggested this book to me and it was WONDERFUL!!!!! It took about a week but it works!!!! I know it doesn't sound right but he keeps waking up because he is sleep deprived. Keeping him awake longer during the day just makes him more alert in his tired stage and that's why he keeps waking up. He needs to learn to self soothe in the middle of the night. Offer him a binky or a teddy to sleep with. My son loves his teddy blankie and sucks on the arms in the middle of the night. Another suggestion.....are you sure he doesn't have acid reflux? My son also had that issue as well. Good luck!

Joanne - posted on 06/02/2010

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God i know how you feel, my 9month old has not slept through the night since he was 3 months old, he wakes up atleast 2-3 times a night, i have tried everything, and nothing has worked as yet. Its just like they have a few hours sleep and there up raring to go again. I hate it, im permantly tired. hopefully your baby will just snap out of it. sorry i cant help you !

Laura - posted on 05/27/2010

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My girls never slept that much, still don't and there 5 and 3 years old. My 3 year old still never sleeps all night. Usually up 3-4 times a night. It's a good night if she'll only up 2 x's. It's a hard thing to understand. I no how you feel, I'm always tired I don't get enought sleep because I'm up most of the night. I would try to cut back on his sleeping during the day and hope for the best. You could try to make it darker in the room maybe that would help. I wish I could be more help, good luck.

Pamela - posted on 05/27/2010

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I wish I had a magic sleep potion, but if I did I would have used it when my son was little. Some kids are sleepers and some aren't. If he isn't acting tired or cranky, he may be getting sufficient sleep for him. Try putting him down a little later and don't let him take marathon naps. Kids sleep patterns varying with their growth spurts, so this may pass. I know that when YOU are sleep deprived these words don't help so instead focus on the fact that children who need less sleep are frequently very intelligent! I spent many a night with my son in the vibrating bouncy seat setting next to the couch while I tried to catch a quick nap!

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