Hey, I skipped some of the earlier posts here so just jump ahead if you have already hear this... I wanted to chime in a few things that have worked at our house.
DD is 6.5 months old and a "tricky: sleeper... A month or so ago I was really struggling. I finally went on a walk on my own and came to the conclusion that I can't make her sleep or change her sleep patterns, I can only provide her a safe and loving atmosphere to create healthy sleep herself. But, I was like you- something had to change! I started to focus on my
sleep and here is what is working well, not perfectly, but well for us.
When she falls asleep for the night,
1- I take half a glass of water with 5 drops of rescue remedy and a calcium supplement.
2- DH and I take 20 minutes together, no matter how late it is to talk, watch a few minutes of a movie, just sit on the couch, whatever.
3- I have removed all clocks from our room, bathroom, and anywhere else that I may see them at night. (I think that this is the most important part for me... Before I would get so would up and frantic about sleep that even when DD fell asleep I couldn't. I would start a frenzy of a countdown: "Must fall asleep now! She'll be awake within the hour! Hurry! Sleep!" Needless to say I couldn't fall asleep that way. Also, without clocks I don't know
that I only got 3 hours of sleep so I don't have any idea of how tired I should
be (if that makes sense
4-DH and I take turns reminding each other that it won't be long before she's a teenager and we can't get her to wake up
Anyway, DD still has tough sleep patterns, but I am MUCH better at optimizing my available sleep times now and it has helped our family quite a bit... Good luck! I'll be sending sleepy energy your way!