DD has always had sleep issues - when she was younger it would take on average 45 minutes to get her to sleep.
She is now 3 and is back in our bed after we unsuccessfully tried to get her in her own bed. She sleeps through the night most of the time now (for the first time in her life) but when she does wake up, it takes her 1-2 hours or more to fall back asleep. She doesn't cry or ask to play or anything, she just tosses and turns in bed for up to three hours. It's like she has a hard time physically settling into sleep.
Lately she has also been waking up very early. For the past 7 nights, she has only gotten 10 hours of sleep each night. She gave up naps about a year ago and when she does nap it just makes things worse because she is up very late and will end up with less total sleep. She has always needed less sleep than the "books" say but 10 hours doesn't seem like enough for a 3 year old.
I now have a one month old ds and DH works night shifts so I'm alone with the two kids, and I am VERY sleep deprived.
I've heard there can be a link between sleep issues and food intolerances - DD used to get hives when she ate dairy, but outgrew that around age 2. I am considering giving up dairy for a few weeks to see.
Has anyone heard of this? DD LOVES milk, cheese, butter, etc so giving up dairy will be a battle, and she is more sensitive that usual because of her new brother. I would also have to give up dairy because she still nurses, and I will have a hard time giving mup my morning cup of chai (with milk). I'm not sure I'm up for the battle unless I have hope it will work - I would do almost anything at this point for her to sleep well!