Friday, April 16, 2010

No Cry Sleep Solution: Day 1

These way-too-frequent night wakings have started getting the best of us, so it's time to do something. I've said before that we're just not into "crying it out," so that's not an option for us. So, Elizabeth Pantley's "No Cry Sleep Solution" seemed to be just the thing for us! So far, it seems to fit as far as approaches go. We figure, if nothing else, we'll learn a little bit more about sleep. I really have high hopes that it will work for us, though. You sacrifice time for tears, but I already noticed a difference in our attitudes last night knowing that he could potentiall be sleeping for much longer stretches in a few months. Just the feeling that we're doing something makes a big impact.

One of the things she has you do is keep a sleep log. We already knew, but it made it painstakingly obvious that we suck at routine. I'm sure that fixing this will be the key to nighttime success. I've learned that they should be getting up around the same time every day, and this is really not what hapenns in our house. We always try to get him back down for some extra sleep time. Today, we just kept him up when he got up at 7:40am since that's about when he always wakes up. It sucks, but I'll be fine getting up then if that means that I get to sleep all the way to that point. He's only getting 11 hours and 40 minutes of sleep a day for both naps and nighttime when he should be getting 13-14. Naps are fine (yesterday, ha), but he's lacking about two hours at night.

Day 1 Stats:

Naps: 4 total for 3 hours and 15 minutes.
Shortest nap: 20 minutes
Longest nap: 1 hour and 45 minutes

Nighttime: 8 hours and 25 minutes total from 9pm to 7:40am with a total of 4 wakings
Shortest sleep stretch: 15 minutes
Longest sleep stretch: 3 hours and 10 minutes

Here's hoping for at least SOME improvements in a week.

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