Friday, October 8, 2010

So tired that he could not sleep

Brayden has always been a good sleeper.

I know many children with special needs/medical needs have a difficult time sleeping. I do not know how the families manage.

Lately, Brayden has had problems sleeping. He has been crying (really screaming) at bedtime. He eventually settles down. Last night it was a long time...he went to bed at 7:00 and screamed until 11:00. He was so tired that he could not sleep.

This has been happening during the day too. For the majority of his life Brayden has had no problem falling asleep whenever he felt the need. It did not matter where, the amount of noise or things going on; he could just fall asleep. Now he seems so tired and cannot manage to take a nap. Some days, he screams and screams. Eyes bloodshot from exhaustion. He just needs to sleep.

I realize it may be his age. He is three years old. The age when many children grow out of a nap. But he needs his sleep. If he does not sleep during the day, he has problems settling down at night.

How do you make a child go to sleep?

3 comments:

Tracy said...

I'm going through the same thing!! Jack is 17 months and used to be able to sleep anywhere and good through the night. Not anymore.
Good Luck!

Wherever HE Leads We'll Go said...

I wish I had some words of wisdom, but I don't. I am hoping that he has settled down some and is sleeping better now. It is hard on everyone when sleep is hard to come by.

Eric said...

I have gone through so many changes in sleeping pattern with Segev. He decides, besides that when he coughs in his sleep he needs suctioning, turning over (blood pooling), seizure, inhalation, physio, all during the night, all necessitating jumping out of bed so never more than one hour sleep consecutively.
So the question is if you are certain what is causing the screaming with Brayden. Find the reason and perhaps you'll solve the problem.