Sleep, an action I often have problems with, sometimes due to heaven knows what, often down to restless legs and frequently discouraged by Hubby’s snoring. One of the grandchildren is also displaying a disinclination to sleep but, unlike me who wanders quietly around without disturbing anyone, she feels that the rest of her family should join her in her noctunal wakefulness. This is not going down too well with her parents or brother who are all now becoming rather tetchy due to sleep deprivation. The nicely, nicely approach was tried; a night-light was introduced; lighter, then heavier bedding, no change. A reward system was tried, that didn’t work. Then Mummy and Daddy ceased being lovely about multiple, protracted wake-ups and responded with instant returning to bed, first soothing words, then sharp words, not successful. Next came punishment, toys were taken away. Yesterday the final toy was shut away, and last night they had their first night’s sleep in a month. Daughter was overjoyed and everyone received a joyous text message. Fingers are being crossed that there will be a repeat performance tonight.
Why is she doing this? Three years old and has always slept well. She started 5 half days a week at school at the beginning of the month and so you would think that she would be tired and sleep well. Is it school? On the one hand I think that’s doubtful, she had been doing two half days a week for the past 6 months and she loves it. She appears to be happy to go and is full of chat when you pick her up so I’d be surprised if school is making her anxious enough to affect sleep patterns. But, on the other hand I just wonder if school is over-stimulating her. Does that happen when you are 3?