DD just turned 1. For the last six months, she has woken in the middle of the night, anywhere from 1am to 4:30am, and won't go to sleep for hours. Every night is a struggle. I have tried everything in the book: Pantley's methods, feeding her, soothing and snuggling her. I have tried rocking her for hours; tried soothing her and have her fall asleep on my bed on the floor; in her crib; and in her inclined bed. Sometimes she gets upset and cries and cries, sometimes she's totally happy and just wants to hang out in the dark with Mom for a few hours. She cries whenever I put her in her bed awake. We have tried having me sleep next to her crib and sleep out of the room; she does better with the latter, but she still wakes up most nights.
She almost never sleeps through the night, and when she wakes up, it for one to three hours.
The more sleep deprived I get, the slower I do my work, the later I have to stay up to get it done. I'd say I'm averaging 4 hours of sleep a night, with 2 hours a night a couple times a week. I am desperate for sleep. I am suffering from PTSD after a medically and emotionally harrowing pregnancy and loss of DD's twin brother, and sleep deprivation is making it much more difficult to cope with. DH can't help for complicated health reasons, and I don't have anyone else close who can help at night. I've been sleep deprived for the last year, though it has been especially bad the last two months. There have been times in the last month when I've approached psychosis, I am so sleep deprived..
I have never had DD cry it out, and I don't want to. I don't know what could be wrong, and I don't know what else to try. Suggestions, please, please, please. I am losing my mind. Literally.