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  1. #1
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    May 2010

    Default Becoming a late night-er after having a child

    Hello Ladies,

    After DS was born 3 yrs ago, I had to say goodbye to my beauty sleep for a while. Now that he *just* settles into his day and night routine, I just seem cant go back to my beauty sleep routine although times allow me to. These days DS goes to bed around 10 ish and I cant even shut my eyes till 2 am!! Im still able to wake up the next day around 7-8 am, depending what time DS starts waking up.

    I realise that having a mere 5-6 hr sleep (i feel like i sleep deeply tho) isnt good for long term health.. And plus in theory a person's body needs to wind down wayyyy before 2 am. I also take an afternoon nap for an hour with DS, but still that does not necesarrily mean Telling my body to stay up till 2 am. How can i sleep early if my body thinks the curfew time is 2 am? Its like telling me dont sleep before 2, but as soon as it hits 2am, i am zonked out right that minute.

    Oh, i need to nap also, unfortunately i have the capacity to take a short nap during the day and dont think i will be able to function without one ... Its like i would instantly nap with ds when i could.. I think i did have a no nap afternoon one day and i still even went to bed at 1 am! Help me!!

    I hardly drink caffeine these days and always have a warm milk before bed.

  2. #2
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    May 2013
    There are some vitamin tablets & natural/herbal stuff too that's meant to help.
    I haven't tied any but, maybe someone on here? Or google could recommend a good one?
    There probably better than taking sleeping tablets from the dr.

    Could you also try shortening when you got to sleep by 10mins? (1.50am for a few nights then 1.40am and so on?)

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    yep im the same... and I don't even nap during the day unless im extremely sick.. I will stay awake with wide open eyes til 1am nearly and still get up during the next few hours on and off and even tho I feel like a bomb has hit me when I wake up, once im up im wide awake.. I hate not being able to sleep earlier.

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    Could you try putting your son to bed half an hour earlier each week/fortnight giving you more wind down time and hopefully allowing you to go to sleep half an hour earlier too.

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    10pm is a very late bedtime for a 3 year old, have you tried getting him into an earlier routine? Perhaps if he was in bed sooner you could have more time to prepare yourself for sleep?
    I would attempt to skip the nap also, I know you say you can't function without it but sleeping during the day can stuff up night sleep. Maybe do something that wakes you up during that nap time, your might feel horribly tired for a few days but then you should adjust and might sleep much easier at night.


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