Lack of sleep is no fun. After I posted the Carl’s Life Cartoon post yesterday, I thought I should expand on our lack of sleep story.
Our daughters have always been pretty good at falling asleep, even from when they were babies, so when our 8 year old started having trouble falling asleep at night, we were unsure of what to do. It was taking 3-4 hours for her to be able to fall asleep, which was causing some frustration for everyone in our home.
I researched online, I talked to friends, I prayed, I cried, I vented…it just seemed so hard to deal with. I even got to the point of feeling guilty because I know there are parents who are struggling with things that are way harder than having their child fall asleep at night, but what I was feeling was real and hard, so I decided to share it here in case others experience the same thing.
After about 5-6 weeks, things have finally been getting better.
I have no miracle answer, but I did want to share the things we tried before bed, also as a reference for me to look back on if needed. (This list includes affiliate links).
- Quiet, soothing music
- Warm Milk (we used the warm milk chewables since my daughter would not drink warm milk)
- Eat a small potato – It helps your body raise your serotonin level, you can read the book Potatoes Not Prozac for more info on this.
- Epsom salt bath
- Warm barley/rice bag (sometimes with a drop of lavender essential oil)
- Talk through what bedtime will look like during the day time – Have the child say audibly what they would like to happen ie: “After my bath I will go in my bed and listen to my music and then I will close my eyes and relax and soon fall asleep”.
Children need sleep – below is a suggestion chart of appropriate bedtimes for children – all children are different, but you may find this guide helpful.
Have you gone through a period of time with your child when they could not fall asleep at night?
What are some of the things that you tried?
Moms, you may also like these 3 tips for getting enough sleep.
This after school routine clock may help your evenings run smoother.