The Only Thing I Want to See at 5 am is the Inside of my Eyelids
Things I Have Tried To Get My Three Year Old To Sleep Later:
Feeding him more before bed
Feeding him less before bed
Letting him stay up later
Putting him to bed earlier
Telling him he can’t get up until the sun is up (but the damn sun comes up at 5:30)
Doing LOTS AND LOTS of walking, playing, and running all day so he can barely keep his eyes open by 5 pm
….and right now as I type this he is totally passed out on the couch. It’s 11:50am. I heard from a couple people on Twitter that melatonin supplements can help with wacky sleep schedules but Dr. Google is split about 50-50 on whether or not that’s a good idea (WebMD votes no, LiveStrong and MayoClinic vote yes with caution). I should talk to the pediatrician before trying it, but I feel like an idiot calling and saying “I’m not disciplined to go to bed before midnight so I’m REALLY TIRED when my kid wakes up at 5 so how about them pills?”
But like any parent will tell you, having a kid who isn’t getting enough sleep is way more than just being a tired parent. He’s grumpy and emotional and irritable and has trouble controlling his impulses and can’t make up his mind so he refuses thing he actually wants and then cries because he doesn’t have them.
I feel sort of like a jerk complaining at all since on the scale of sleep problems this is not actually that bad. Even on his WORST nights he only gets up once or twice to ask for a drink and goes right back to bed. It’s the cumulative effect of not getting enough sleep enough days in a row that’s driving me bonkers.
Here’s my idea: everyone say “IT’S JUST A PHASE”. Because, yeah, but it will make me feel better.