WHEN MIGHT I NEED SLEEP HELP?
Sleep challenges can come in many and varied forms but the thing they have in common is that they can leave our little ones, and us, feeling so very tired.
"We expected them at first, but we are still having them 18 months on ...."
Night wakings are something that we often take for granted with newborn babies, but its easy for it to become a habit and sometimes we realise that we have an older baby who is still waking multiple times through the night, just like a newborn. Some babies still do have a real need to feed through the night even as they are getting older but sometimes the waking up is just a habit, and we respond habitually which fuels further wake ups. Underlying the night wakes there is often a real behavioural sleep issue that is leading to restless / disturbed sleep so we can help establish what these sleep issues are, and how to fix them, even if your little one is still feeding in the night.
Naps can sometimes work like clockwork, but sometimes they derail and it can be hard to get them back on track again. Maybe naps do happen, but they are too short and leave our little ones just as tired as before.
Naps, and napping habits and skills, can definitely be improved and we aim to have little ones napping naturally in a more routine manner. These nap skills can massively help steer little ones through their difficult nap transitions and developmental changes.
"He used to sleep 7-7 but now he wakes between 4am and 5am every day"
Sometimes our little ones appear to be having great naps and going to bed beautifully and yet they are consistently waking early in the morning.
4 / 4.30 / 5 am wake ups are tough and once Early Rising has started it usually only creeps earlier and earlier, but it can be steered back to more civilised wake up times.
"She used to settle beautifully and be asleep within 10 mins. Now it takes an hour, sometimes even two....."
Bedtime battles can happen for a number of reasons.... timing, over-tiredness, under-tiredness, habit, a place for children to test boundaries.. ( I wonder what Mummy will do if I do THIS !) . It can be hard to identify the trigger or maybe its a combination of different factors.
Night Weaning, Co-Sleeping and other sleep associations
Maybe the problem is more obvious, a crutch/dependence that a child needs to fall asleep... breastfeeding, rocking, holding to sleep, a dummy. The problem may be obvious but the solution is often elusive.
Gently teaching them to sleep without the dependency, offers an opportunity to address the real problem - falling asleep, and it will lead to better quality sleep in longer stretches for your baby.
Co-sleeping may work wonderfully for many, but for some it means that no-one gets a good nights sleep and this is a sleep association that we can also change without resorting to cry it out.
Whatever they may be Sleep challenges tend to be a vicious cycle and unfortunately it doesn't take long for these problems to manifest themselves in over-tiredness. Over-tiredness lead to more disturbed sleep which can then exacerbate the original problem so leading to more over-tiredness. Its a tough cycle to break even when we recognise that over-tiredness is the problem.
Babies and infants need refreshing, restorative good quality sleep to feel at their best.
So do we as parents and carers...
If any of the above sound familiar, or if you have your own unique sleep challenges then help is at hand.
Please arrange your free, no obligation, 15 minute call. We can explore your challenges and plan your journey back to a good nights sleep.