UPDATE 2011 ~ I’ve noticed alot of traffic coming to this particular post, so I thought I would add a little post-script here. This insomnia issue lasted a few months, and then it seemed to resolve on it’s own. We continued doing all of our regular nighttime rituals and all, and I don’t know, the problem just seemed to work itself out… so if you are here because your own child is experiencing this problem, I wouldn’t worry about it just yet…. maybe it is just something in the growing up process that some kids’ bodies/minds have to work through, and if we don’t add additional stress by freaking out about it, it will probably be just fine! Best wishes to you!
This is so true ~ from an article I read on the internet, about childhood insomnia ~
“A child waking up in the middle of the night is a crisis forthe whole family,” said Goetting. “It destroys quality of life.The emotions accompanying the event start with sympathy andcaring, but if a parent can do nothing and the child can’t goback to sleep, feelings of anger and frustration emerge.”
I am beginning to get very frustrated with the situation here. About 2 nights a week or so, Kiki cannot fall asleep. Tonight, for instance. She’s been in bed for almost 3 hours, but she’s not yet asleep. At first, she gets sad. Then she gets frustrated. Finally, she gets angry and completely irrational. She starts crying and yelling, and kicking in her bed…she says she wants to go to sleep but can’t. I don’t know what to think. The first several times I got mad at her and thought she was just being a brat, but then Alan found out what was going on, and told me he had the same trouble when he was a kid….weird. Often, after all else has failed, I bring her downstairs and put her to sleep in the guestroom. That usually does the trick…I don’t know why…change of scenery?? She likes her bedroom, likes her big comfy bed….so I don’t know. Certainly the kitten hasn’t helped…about bedtime he gets all wound up and starts attacking her toys and things, (mind you, the minute I brought Kiki downstairs and put her in the guestroom and shut the door, the stinky cat curled up on the office chair in here and is sound asleep…I think cats are from the devil! ) Kiki’s room doesn’t have a door I can use to shut him out (it’s the upstairs bonus room, not actually a bedroom) Tonight she was practically screaming at him because he was “irritating” her. I could hear her and I was downstairs on the opposite side of the house. This can’t be good for her, and it is certainly messing up my sleeping…. I don’t know, maybe she’s stressed or something? Does she need counseling?? I am going to try to put her to bed earlier and on a more regular schedule. I read that this is supposed to help. Being an only child, we tend to let her stay up…she’s just “one of the little gang”, so to speak – not to mention that since several days a week we don’t really have to get up early, I tend to be lax about bedtime. Because I prefer to sleep in. Other than that, I am at a loss…if the bedtime shift doesn’t help, I have no other ideas…. Does anyone else have any ideas??