Sleep Deprivation Is A Torture Technique

To do without sleep is torture. Literally. The Spanish Inquisition and the Nazis used sleep deprivation to torment their victims. The British army employed it in Northern Ireland to elicit false confessions. Deprive a person of sleep, and they can suffer serious psychosis.  This, my dear friends, is why hubby and I are slowly going crazy.  Our kids are torturing us!

Last night Brooke woke up 5 times between putting her to bed at 8 pm and 11:30 pm, while Sierra didn’t fall asleep until 10:30 pm. After 11:30, dear hubby took over the night-time parenting of Brooke while I "slept" with Sierra (she woke again at 4:30).  Hubby says Brooke woke up another 5 times and from the look of him this morning I don’t doubt it.  The two of us are walking zombies – neither one of us can think straight and our house is a mess cause I just don’t effing care anymore! 

So far today I’ve downed two lattes in an effort to remain alert enough to drive the preschooler to daycare safely and do some necessary shopping.  Of course I forgot to buy a light bulb for the fish tank (to keep fish warm enough so he doesn’t die), and I also forgot 101 other items that were on my MUST BUY OR THE APOCOLYPSE WILL OCCUR list.  Baby Brooke is now happily off in dreamland in her car seat – a place she sleeps very well in and I’m stuck here brainstorming ways to get both of my kids to sleep….

So dear internet, I have 2 questions:

  1. How do/did you get your 2.5 yr old to go to sleep at night?
  2. How do/did you get your 8 month old baby to sleep longer than 90min to 2 hr chunks?

I would REALLY appreciate any help you can offer ’cause clearly, whatever I’m doing is JUST NOT WORKING!

Ok – thats it for me today – I can no longer concentrate on this post, twitter is calling me….

7 thoughts on “Sleep Deprivation Is A Torture Technique

  1. HAHAHAHA!
    Sleep? We are SUPPOSE to be able to sleep?!?!?

    We are trying to wean E at night … HAHAHA! Every two hours he would love to still nurse …

    Back to you …

    How many naps is the older one having? We had to cut out the afternoon nap just before her third birthday. I was super sad not ot have that freedom in the afternoon, however I was able to “relax” by 8 pm now for almost a year.

    Just a thought, from another sleep deprived mom 😯

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  2. Have you ever heard of a book called Healthy Sleep Habits, Healthy Child?

    We read it for our first and have used the principles in it with all 3 kiddos. The 2 older have been great sleepers and the baby is turning into one.

    Basically we keep naps a priority–the baby is younger than yours but he can only stay awake for 2 to 2.5 hours at a time. A typical day for baby looks like this:
    7:45 wake up eat, play;
    9:30 take a nap (nap length varies but it is usually at least one hour)
    10:30 wake up, eat, play
    12:30 nap (this nap is usually longer than morning nap) 2:15 wake up, eat, play
    4:00 nap (this is a very short nap-perhaps 30 minutes but less than an hour)
    4:30 wake up eat, play
    6:15 get jammies on, one last feeding
    6:30/6:40 in bed
    12:30am feeding
    4:30am feeding
    7:30am wake up

    It wasn’t always like this. I had to work to get him on more of a nap schedule. I had to figure out what his biological clock was doing and try to match his naptimes with what his body was wanting to do. I also had to decide that I was only going to feed him twice a night and the other times he woke up he was on his own. He figured it out though and it has been great since. There is some variation day to day but his schedule is getting pretty predictable. The book emphasizes how daytime sleep affects nighttime sleep and tells you how to prevent your kids from getting overtired which then leads to sleep problems. Once the baby is 9 months old I will eliminate the third nap and he will have a bedtime around 6 or 6:30. I will also not feed him at night time anymore.

    With all 3 we have the same routine day in and day out for bedtimes. For the older two it is bath, jammies, get in bed for books, songs, prayers, hugs and kisses. They both have their own little ways that work for them but they love the routine.

    Right now our 4 year old is probably not going to be napping for much longer. If he goes 2 days without a nap then he gets too cranky and needs one on the third day. When he does take a nap bedtime is more difficult because he isn’t as sleepy. On the days he doesn’t nap he is in bed a little before 7pm and when he does nap he is usually in bed by 8:30 but may not fall asleep until after 9.

    That is what has worked for us! I really recommend the book as it has been a lifesaver for us and giving us sanity. We love the early bedtimes because it gives my husband and I time to be together in the evenings.

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  3. Oh I hear you- my almost two year old, just finally started sleeping through the night a few months ago- just on his own. I didn’t do anything- I think he was just ready. Most nights before this, if I got 3 or 4 hours, it was a good night. Now I think my internal clock is so messed up, I have insomnia even when the kiddies are sleeping. Can’t sleep when they aren’t sleeping, and can’t sleep when they can.

    Hope you find something that works. :-)

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