When your child wakes up after only 3 or 4 hours of sleep and decides that's all they're going to sleep? If my daughter wakes up at night and wants to stay asleep, she'll go back to sleep on her own. But if she wakes up and is awake, that's it. She's going to be awake for 3 to 5 hours no matter what I do. I've pretty much accepted this so now I feel like I may be reinforcing the behavior by allowing her to watch a movie.
I know I shouldn't but chronic sleep deprivation has affected my ability to know what to do in the moment and it's definitely affected my mood. When she wakes me up I want to yell at her or physically punish her and I know that's wrong, so I just put on a movie and try to wake myself .... but when I only sleep 3 hours I never feel awake.