jenloveskevQuestion for the Mamas out there. We are having some serious issues with sleep with one of the girls. They literally can not stay asleep. They wake up allllllllllll night long. Some nights it feels like every 30 minutes. Some nights it's because of nightmares but some nights it's just like they can't stay asleep (which leads to stress for them). It's breaking my heart. And it's not the falling asleep. It's just the staying asleep. She is always so tired and will fall asleep right away. Anyone have any tips, suggestions, anything? We do/have tried all the things. Oils, melatonin, herbal tea, night lights, music, white noise, strict bedtime routines, incentives, sticker charts, prayers, cuddles, cosleeping, being more strict vs. showing more grace, showing more grace vs. being more strict, etc x 1000... Anyone use a weighted blanket? I've been reading articles lately about benefits. I'm open to any suggestions. p.s. This is where I really do love social media and the community it creates. While I will never share everything or get too personal- I do value each of every one of you and love the wisdom you all can share. It really warms my heart to walk this journey of life alongside all of you. So thank you! I will forever appreciate and be so grateful for the love and care you show me and my family. 😘😘
- thelittlethingswedo@shonnapdx would you mind sharing the brand?
- karo_linaluisaWow, so many answers! I hope something will help! I would try TCM. Maybe it is something wrong with her nutrition, although you prepare the healthiest kind of food, the wrong combination could cause too much heat and lead to her restlessness. Good Luck!
- happilyhenrichI'd check with your doctor and maybe see a specialist. My father has a condition that causes him to wake like 60 times an hour - yep. Every minute. - if not more. So even when he does sleep it's never deep sleep. It's manageable. But it'd be worth checking with a doctor just to rule it out.
- frogcreekpeopleEven as a child I remember my mom pointing out (and it being true) that if I didn't take calcium at bedtime that I would have bad dreams and not sleep well. I'm still that way. At bedtime, Magnesium Oil on my neck and taking a spoonful of liquid calcium regularly makes a huge difference in how well I sleep and gets rid of Restless Legs while I sleep too.
- jenniferpepitoI'm a big fan of magnesium oil or Epsom salt baths to help with sleep issues. Also, I just read that probiotics can help with sleep because candida overgrowth causes sleep disturbance. I can't imagine that your little sweetie has candida, but consuming probiotics are generally a good idea anyway.❤️hope you find a solution and get some rest!
- rajodesignDo they do sleep studies for kids? I did it when I was a teen. It sounds like a medical issues if something is keeping her sleep cycle from continuing
- _katie_mccI have been taking magnesium some nights and it really helps! Have you sought a Christian counselor at all? I was not sleeping for Nights on end and ended up being crazy Spiritual warfare. My councilor helped tremendously. I wish I could help more. I'll be praying for you guys. Keep declaring sleep over her. And say it out loud and have her say it out loud. I will sleep soundly tonight, I do not have to be afraid, my father will allow me to Rest In Peace. Using words that Speak life into her. If she ever makes statements like "Mom I don't know if I can sleep tonight" or is dressed, have her declare differently and show her bible verses that show we as humans are gifted peaceful sleep and that God wants her to rest and he will give her full rest. 😊😊😊
- shonnapdx@thelittlethingswedo Sure, it's Trace Minerals Research Brand, Liquid Magnesium (Citrate) 300 mg / Tbsp
- eleciadeanI second (third? 123rd?) magnesium, but I heard an interesting bit of information recently. A mama friend makes a tincture with catnip, of all things! Apparently, catnip helps kids sleep. You can make it into a teas, as well. I want to research that more, for sure. I have one that doesn't sleep well either.
- adrianamariairenaWith my daughter, luckily it was as simple as making sure she wears socks to bed, and making sure she is not hungry.
- mmecozonI would certainly try a weighted blanket if you haven't yet. We use for our 18 month old who has never ever ever slept through the night. We've tried all the things - crunchy, medical, etc. Also someone said magnesium oil which I also agree with. Or a calcium/mag combo supplement. Are you open to attempting some form of co-sleeping? Either you in her room (same bed or different bed) or her in your room (same bed or different bed)? Do you think there could be some underlying anxiety? I would also make sure there is no screen time two hours before bed, you have a really solid bedtime routine and a good 30-45 minute quiet wind down period before hand. Also think about a sleep-promoting bedtime snack. Maybe some camomile tea and honey too.
- mmecozon@mmecozon also alpha music for sleep.
- andreamichele13Attend to gut health. It's directly tied to sleep issues. I dealt with insomnia for YEARS and my son had major sleep issues from 1-8 until we started addressing it. Haven't dealt with sleeplessness or restlessness in either of us for over a year now!
- melissafiskeHave you noticed snoring, open mouth breathing? I'm wondering if it's apnea and she's waking because she isn't breathing. Check for how she's breathing (mouth or nose). Any middle ear issues? Pressure build up in the ear from laying down can be painful- that's what was behind jds sleepless nights as an infant. Be cautious of a weighted blanket. I recommend talking with an occupational therapist to make sure it's the right weight for her. Too heavy can suffocate a child. Also, look into chiropractic care. Our chiropractor made a huge difference!
- stefosheaWe do Zarbees melatonin and it has made a huge difference in quality of sleep for our 5yo! Poor sleep is awful for everyone, so sorry you're experiencing it!
- olovelyoThere's too many comments to know if this got posted already but have you looked in to food allergies? The symptoms of food allergies can present themselves in so many different ways. It might be worth getting her tested.
- dappleadayGet her into swimming! My little guy with sleep issues, once he was in swim class 3 times a week, he started sleeping so well. You may have a beach baby on your hands!
- hello_tynSetting a specific wake time, the same time every day, is the best way to get anyone's body on a regular sleep rhythm. More effective than a specific bed time (though that will fall in place). Also re food: doesn't matter if it's maple syrup, dates, or a cupcake. Sugar is sugar :)
- tnuncioIt sounds like you are right on track with her diet, I wonder if there is some adrenal stuff going on??? It would be hard for me to really tell and give any advice as I don't have any health background on you or her.
- foreverambieWe had the worst time with our daughter-it was the staying asleep that was bad. We strongly strongly suggest neurofeedback to everyone with sleep issues. It saved our lives! Our daughter now sleeps most nights and we go back when she starts having trouble again. And all she has to do is sit there with wrist bands on and color or play with play doh. Our therapist uses a system called Indigo, and it's amazing.
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