My DD has had sleep "issues" since infancy. She was the baby that only did 40 minute naps, gave up naps way too early, wakes up at ungodly hours, etc. I know the range of what's normal varies, but geez, I'm really feeling like I need a healthy sleeper. The main issues now is that she just wakes up too early. On a good day, she sleeps until 6. On a bad day, she's awake before 5:00. I think I could accept this (well, not the pre-5:00 stuff, that's just insane) if I felt like she was actually getting enough sleep. But she so clearly is not. She does manage to get through the day mostly OK, but she just always seems so tired. I would say she get about 9 to 9.5 hours of sleep a night, but it is often less than that.
Here's a random sampling of things we've tried:
- Dark curtains so the sun doesn't peep in. This seems to be useless.
- Early bedtimes. This mostly results in earlier wake up times. Not to mention, it feels difficult to consistently maintain.
- Late bedtimes. She still wakes up early. We are currently trying this again, though.
- The OK to wake clock. This doesn't work. She will happily play in her bed until the green light comes on.
I think that's pretty much it. I will say that she goes to bed easily and almost always sleeps through the night. Getting her to bed isn't really an issue. So are there other things I should be trying? Anyone ever able to conquer this or do I just need to accept that she's going to just be sleep deprived?