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You Can’t Buy Love…And As It Turns Out, You Can’t Buy Sleep Either
I have been sleep-deprived in one way or another for the past twenty-two years. While there have been times when all of my children slept through the night, I have also always been pregnant during those times, so my sleep was still disturbed.
I am tired all the time. I recently started to tell a friend that I couldn’t remember the last time I didn’t feel tired. The last time I actually felt good…and then I did remember! It was in December of 2013. One week into our trip to New Zealand the jetlag faded away and I felt rested and well.
Then it was home to tube feedings and night waking.
Apollo and the Struggle to Sleep
Apollo has been having a terrible time sleeping this summer and really regressed when it comes to sleeping through the night. Desperation, once again, sent me searching for something, anything, to help him sleep better. With zero hesitation I dropped $100 on this weighted blanket hoping it would help him fall asleep. Only time will tell if it works (he loves the blanket though!) Dropping that money made me think about how much money I have spent over the years trying to get him to sleep.
Here is a tally, off the top of my head, of money I have spent trying to get Apollo to sleep.
Sadly, he was a very light sleeper as a baby…no noise machine was going to block out enough sound to keep him asleep.
Light Blocking Curtains
I bought these ones and they are awesome! They do a great job at keeping out light, the hot sun, and the cold in the winter. These were well worth the money and all the boys benefit from these. But they haven’t helped Apollo sleep through the night.
As cute as Twilight Turtle is, as it turns out, fear of the dark is not what keeps him awake.
A LEGO set
Yes, I dropped $79.99 to get him to fall asleep alone in his own bed. This worked for pretty well to get him to go to bed on his own. Summer has been rough though, with our after dinner trips to the lake, camping, and visitors, and lack of school routine.
Visits to a Sleep Clinic.
Three Sleep Studies
I was told “Eating trumps sleeping. You can’t begin to work on his night waking until he is gaining weight”.
Melatonin was recommended by a doctor at the sleep clinic. First, we used this at the doctor’s suggestion and now we use this. They definitely make him sleepy but don’t help him stay asleep.
He’s had his adenoids out.
He’s had his tonsils out.
While this didn’t help him sleep like we hoped it would, it enabled him to eat many foods he could never eat before, such as bread, muffins, and cookies.
Medicine Prescribed for Sleep Anxiety
But this relaxed him so much he couldn’t breathe, so that was a no-go.
But here we are. About to enter THIRD GRADE and still waiting for the magical Sleep Through the Night to happen.
My constant fatigue actually drove me to a doctor earlier this year. Turns out, I’m perfectly healthy. Iron is fine, thyroid is fine, everything is fine.
I just. need. sleep.
And on that note, good-night!