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HELP! My 3 yr old doesnt sleep :(

Posted by on Apr. 29, 2013 at 10:57 PM
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My names Leanna. I am new to Cafemom, after hours of googling searching ideas to help me in this situation and coming up with nonsense, I finally found this site. Figured where better to ask, then moms themselves! And  I definitely need some other Momma advice! I have a 3 almost 4 year old daughter, she doesnt sleep! She always seems tired even if she rests a full night. And I am trying to stop her from taking any after noon naps.  If she naps even for 20 minutes, she doesnt go to sleep for me at a normal bedtime. But after I pick her up from pre-school if she doesn't nap she is miserable for the rest of the day and stil has a hard time getting to sleep. We have a pretty routine schedule for bedtime with baths and books and sometime I even try to rock her. Nothing seems to work. And today she slept 15 minutes in the car on the way home, and didnt get down to sleep until past 10pm, she woke up at 7am this morning. Now tomorrow she will wake up miserable and be even more tired in the afternoon. Its a never ending cycle! Anyone else have this problem or can share advice PLEASE do.

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frndlyfn
by Platinum Member on Apr. 29, 2013 at 11:08 PM

What do you consider a normal bedtime?  How long is her preschool day?   She does sleep but it looks like not enough.  Being overtired can make falling asleep harder as well for a person.   Has she had her levels of nutrients tested for any deficiencies which could cause her to be tired as well.  Anemia is a big cause for me to feel tired constantly.

atlmom2
by Platinum Member on Apr. 29, 2013 at 11:16 PM
She may not need naps. See how that goes transitions to no naps.
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by on Apr. 29, 2013 at 11:16 PM

Her normal bedtime is 730. And her day at school is from 8-1. When she does sleep a full night it always seems like she is not sleeping enough, or didnt get into a deep sleep maybe. She has not had her nutrients tested but its def something I will try. In January she had her tonsils and adenoids removed due to snoring and sleep apenea. The snoring has reduced dramatically since then. I do think sometimes being over tired can make it worse, yes, but I would think rocking her and rubbing her back would help soothe her to get to sleep. I really would like to get her to get to sleep alone rather then me put her to sleep, so she doesn't grow accustom to that. But right now I will do whatever I can so she can sleep and be rested. I hate seeing her so miserable :(

crazy4u49033
by Member on Apr. 29, 2013 at 11:16 PM
How do you address her not going to bed...what do u do?
HappyMamma22
by on Apr. 29, 2013 at 11:18 PM

I have been trying no naps now for a while. She will be ok until about 4 or 5 oclock and is just so exhausted she will fall asleep anywhere she is if I am not watching her like a hawk.

crazy4u49033
by Member on Apr. 29, 2013 at 11:18 PM
Did the surgery fix the sleep apnea?


Quoting HappyMamma22:

Her normal bedtime is 730. And her day at school is from 8-1. When she does sleep a full night it always seems like she is not sleeping enough, or didnt get into a deep sleep maybe. She has not had her nutrients tested but its def something I will try. In January she had her tonsils and adenoids removed due to snoring and sleep apenea. The snoring has reduced dramatically since then. I do think sometimes being over tired can make it worse, yes, but I would think rocking her and rubbing her back would help soothe her to get to sleep. I really would like to get her to get to sleep alone rather then me put her to sleep, so she doesn't grow accustom to that. But right now I will do whatever I can so she can sleep and be rested. I hate seeing her so miserable :(


frndlyfn
by Platinum Member on Apr. 29, 2013 at 11:21 PM
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She may need a sleep study to see if the apnea is gone or not.  That would wreak havoc on her little body.  Definitely talk to her doctor about everything to see what else can be done.


Quoting HappyMamma22:

Her normal bedtime is 730. And her day at school is from 8-1. When she does sleep a full night it always seems like she is not sleeping enough, or didnt get into a deep sleep maybe. She has not had her nutrients tested but its def something I will try. In January she had her tonsils and adenoids removed due to snoring and sleep apenea. The snoring has reduced dramatically since then. I do think sometimes being over tired can make it worse, yes, but I would think rocking her and rubbing her back would help soothe her to get to sleep. I really would like to get her to get to sleep alone rather then me put her to sleep, so she doesn't grow accustom to that. But right now I will do whatever I can so she can sleep and be rested. I hate seeing her so miserable :(



HappyMamma22
by on Apr. 29, 2013 at 11:26 PM

 To your previous post, when she doesnt transition into bed for me easily, that is when I rock her, or rub her back in bed, sing songs. And with the sleep apnea I have another appointment next week with a specialist. Her doctor says that that after the surgery it had to of went away. But I made the other appt, just in case. And because her sleep patterns have not changed. Or it could very well be she is inbetween on naps and no naps, adjusting for her is harder, and if this is the case Im clueless what I can do to help her stay up so she doesnt take a nap.

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Did the surgery fix the sleep apnea? 

 

crazy4u49033
by Member on Apr. 30, 2013 at 7:10 AM
Try reading The No Cry Sleep solution for toddlers and preschoolers.
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