thread: Sleep disturbances

  1. #1
    BellyBelly Member

    Feb 2005
    Planet Earth, Apparently.

    Sleep disturbances

    My son has been a champion sleeper from the age of about 12 months, and ther last 2 weeks he has started to wake REALLY early (anywhere from 430-6am) and thinks thats it, time to get up! He is usually crying and wanting Mum, not sure if its bad dreams, or a sign he wants to think about dropping his day sleep (anywhere from 1.5-3hrs).
    The early mornings are killing me! I havent been so tired since he was a newborn!!! Any suggestions?

  2. #2
    Melinda Guest

    I'm just wondering, what time does he go to bed? How is it affecting him during the day? Is there anything else going on, like teething etc, which could be upsetting him? This could easily be throwing out his usual sleeping patterns.

    My first suggestion was to provide him some reassurance in the cot but not to get him out when he wakes. By reassurance, I mean go in and try to settle him for sleep again and keep trying until around 6.30 am which is a 'reasonable' time to be up IYKWIM? I know this might seem like a long time to be re-settling if you're up at 4.30am, but the problem is that if he starts waking even earlier than 4.30 am and your immediate response is to get him up, he will most likely wake and do the same thing....even if it's at 2 am which is definitely not when you want to be up!

    I'm not sure what your settling techniques are or have been in the past, but perhaps you may need to revisit them or try another strategy in this regard. Jacob's sleeping patterns became quite disturbed at around 6.5m due to teething and at 9.5m we were in a Mother & Baby Unit and they strongly recommend that you provide comfort when baby is crying (they don't encourage controlled crying which I found a positive thing) so that the baby knows you are there when they need you, but to also try and help them back to sleep and encourage them to 're-learn' those self-settling techniques.

    If it's bad dreams, or perhaps that he is afraid of the dark, have you tried a little night light that might reassure him? Perhaps leave a light on outside his room that will provide some light as an alternative?