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before I kill myself - HELP ME!!!

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I have a 3 and almost 5 year old.  They WILL NOT SLEEP It has been like this their whole lives and I am at the end of the rope.  They have no trouble going to bed at night - but WILL NOT STAY ASLEEP.  My youngest got up this morning at 4 AM!!! She will not nap today either.  She has bags under her eyes for God's sake!!!   Why won't she SLEEP!!! 

I have t keep going up there to put her to bed.  I am going to LOSE MY MIND!!!  I have absolutley no me time and get about 4 hours of sleep at night for the last almost 5 years !!!  PLEASE how do I KEEP them asleep. 

Are there any foods that will make them sleepy I can give them at 2 AM !!!  I am going nuts!!!!  LITERALLY!! 

Before anyone says it I will answer - I HAVE NO FAMILY NEAR.  Every time I say I am going nuts I get it's normal, etc.  I cannot take it anymore.  PLEASE I feel like I have girls from the movie The Ring. 

Posted by Anonymous on Nov. 26, 2013 at 3:32 PM
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by on Nov. 27, 2013 at 1:51 PM
With my experience here's what I have found : for sleeping disorder (my oldest has one) clonidine. Ealier bedtimes work wonders too, if they go to bed at like 7ish heck yeah they are going to get up early and not sleep through the night. My kids go to be at 8 and are up at 6:30 or 7. Keep the house quiet before they go to bed. Make sure they have full tummies. And I guess that's about it. If you're looking for a little kids to sleep until 9 or 10 in the moring that ain't gonna fly. Sleeping in in my house is like till 8. But we also have other animals to take care of so we can't sleep in. I also get about 4 or 5 hours of sleep. I think it comes with the job of mommy :)
by on Nov. 27, 2013 at 1:56 PM
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Reach out to a local doctor, church or parenting group. You need a break to get yourself rested and pulled together, Its ok to need help and reach out for it. Do it for your family NOW!

by on Nov. 27, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Oh so sorry to hear this. I had one child that had trouble sleeping through the night until she was 9. What does the bedtime routine look like?

by on Nov. 28, 2013 at 8:30 AM
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You need to see a doctor... A sleep specialist. There maybe sleep apnea or restless leg syndrome or some other biological reason to rule out. Any other suggestion is a bandaid that doesn't solve the cause of the problem. 

by New Member on Nov. 28, 2013 at 11:13 PM

Melitonin works well. Check with your child's pediatric doctor first. Your children are in a "habit" now of only sleeping a short time. Melitonin, the slow release kind might help the most. I hope this helps.

by Bronze Member on Nov. 29, 2013 at 5:34 AM

Im sorry. No advice just wanted to say I feel you. My son didnt sleep til he was 3. They did sleep studies but couldn't officially DX him. He could stay away for 48 hours at a time and I was by myself cross country from my family and DH was deployed and I have a newborn. Now my 4 year old, she isnt as bad as DS but she still wakes up AT LEAST 3 times a night. My kids will stay up til 1 am and be up at 6 at the latest. My son gets up at 515 during the week and doesnt leave for school until 730 so WHYYYYYYYYYYYYY. I hope you find relief soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by on Nov. 29, 2013 at 5:40 AM
My 4 year is the same and it drives me crazy, she will sleep through the night maybe...once every couple of months. Same as you, goes to sleep find but always wakes at some stage of the night.

My 3 year old however goes down at 8 and sleeps right through to 7am.

And my 9 month old is teething so yep I'm zombie mum.

Let me know if you find the secret
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by on Nov. 29, 2013 at 5:43 AM

Quoting Serena1982:

I have strict routines for naptime and bedtime. Bath, stories, black-out curtains for naptime. Background noise like a fan or air filter. Also, no junk food or juice before bed or nap. Just milk and water depending on the time of day. I know kids seem to already exercise constantly, but REALLY wipe them out during certain times of the day. Not too close to sleep time or they just stay rowdy. I know this is all easier to write about than actually doing (especially when you are dying from sleep deprivation) I'm not perfectly consistent with my own toddlers. But when I am- it's better. Good luck!

by Anonymous 2 on Nov. 29, 2013 at 5:48 AM

I would be cautious about Benydryl.  It can cause hyperactivity in some kids...I know this from experience.

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