Can I Help My Children Deal with My Divorce?
have a 2-year-old daughter who wakes up once a night for
reassurance. That's okay. I also have an 11-month-old son, who is
the lightest sleeper I have ever encountered. They constantly wake
one another with their crying. The small one, once woken, will
stay up for hours. I average only five hours of sleep a night. Is
there anything I can do to keep my son from waking up?
can't change a light sleeper into a deep sleeper, but you can help
him adjust. The short-term solution is to have your children sleep
in separate rooms if possible. You could also use "white
noise"—such as music, a CD with noises of waves, heartbeats,
or wind—to keep the younger one from being awakened by the older
one's cries. The "white noise" will enable your son to
sleep with noise and fall asleep faster when he wakes. On the other
hand, you may be able to improve nighttime chaos with a technique
called "scheduled awakening," which can work if the older
one wakes up at about the same time every night. Wake her 10 to 15
minutes earlier (than her usual wake time), comfort and put her to
bed. Each night, wake her 10 to 15 minutes earlier than the night
before, so that her regular awakening gets closer and closer to
bedtime. Good Luck.
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