Mar 112015
 

You may be wondering why I would be sharing a story about sleep after a baby.  Bubbles just turned four a couple of weeks ago, so she’s clearly not a baby anymore.  But I am just now finally finding ways to get back to a regular sleep schedule.

I’ve shared a number of times over the years that Bubbles was a night owl.  For quite awhile if I could get her down to sleep before 2 a.m., it was a good night.  Her pediatrician wasn’t worried as she was getting solid sleep, sleeping the amount of hours she should, etc. – she was just doing them really late at night.  She said she’d eventually grow out of it.

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And she did – like three months ago.  She’s still a night owl, but her schedule no longer involves her falling asleep and waking up on the same calendar day.  But now there’s another problem: my sleep schedule. Continue reading »

Aug 262013
 

As part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias® I was able to use the new Answers at Walgreens program to find sleep solutions.  All words and opinions are mine.

I’ve always been a night owl, but it’s never kept me from sleeping before.  I’m not one of those people that can fall asleep while draped over the arm of a chair, and I can’t sleep in a moving vehicle, but when I laid my head down on a pillow, I could sleep.  It served me well when I was in college, when sleep was the last thing on my to-do list.  Between classes, being an RA, studying and a social life, who had time for sleep?  So I was thankful that when I did finally have a chance to close my eyes, I didn’t lie there looking at the ceiling for hours, and I didn’t wake til the alarm sounded.

Over the years, though, there has been a shift in my ability to get quality sleep.  Work stress would make me toss and turn, and then I was rarely able to sleep for more than an hour at a time while pregnant.  While I hoped it would resolve itself as Bubbles got older and we had a better nighttime routine, that hasn’t really been the case.  I still keep with the tradition of being able to fall asleep fairly easily, it’s the staying asleep that continues to be a problem.  I wake up to check if Bubbles has kicked her blankets off (again), from dreams, and because the neighbor kids seem to think that 3 a.m. is the perfect time to blare music from their car speakers.  By then the sun comes up and I can’t even think about falling back to sleep (another new development in the past few years).

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