I may not have ever mentioned this, but I have some real sleep issues. For most of my life I have suffered from severe insomnia. For the last few years though, I rarely have trouble falling asleep. This would seem like a blessing, but it really isn't. Even though I fall asleep easily, I do not stay asleep and I do not reach the deep sleep stage where the restorative sleep happens. I have done the sleep studies where they hook you up to a hundred wires and watch you sleep. The results showed I am screwed. The doctors want me on meds that will supposedly help me reach deep sleep, but they will also cause side effects I am not willing to deal with.
As if this wasn't enough, my dear sweet children refuse to stay asleep during the night and insist on waking me and D up, begging us to come in their beds or let them in our bed. They have now decided they are terrified someone/monsters/aliens/or a ghost is going to get them. What the hell? Allowing them to sleep in our bed with us is not a viable option. I am all for attachment parenting, they did sleep with us when they were babies and toddlers, but now they are 5 & 8 and very restless sleepers. Our bed is not big enough and they keep us awake with their kicking and rolling around.
So any advice on how to get them to stay in their beds and get over these fears of monsters/aliens/ etc. is very much appreciated. As are any remedies for my crappy sleep. Oh, did I mention I now have a nasty habit of falling asleep in inappropriate places? Yes, like waiting rooms,peoples houses, driving down the road! Yeah, that sucks.
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