Friday, September 12, 2008

Night Terrors



My daughter, little N, is having horrible night terrors. She has never been a good sleeper, but lately she wakes up inconsolable. Her eyes are open, but she isn't awake. We end up carting her off to our room and trying to reason with her. First off, reasoning with a 2 1/2 year old is fun all by itself, but trying to reason with a child who is not awake is a whole new concept. I think it might be easier to reason with the puppies while they each have one of my shoes and are running down the hall.

She is so tired in the morning and appears to have no memory of the middle of the night. She wakes up so happy.

Little N went through something very similar last spring before we moved. It seemed to stop for a short while but has become a regular thing. It is back with a vengeance, if anything the current incidents are harder because she is bigger and kicks a lot harder in her sleep. She will end up on the floor in front of her bed sitting up, trying to keep herself from going back to sleep.

I just wish I knew what was scary. She mentioned a purple dinosaur and then it was horses. Its hard to not know how to help her.

There does seem to be a pattern to her waking, it is typically between 1AM and 2AM that it happens. I might try waking her up before hand to see if I can break the pattern. Perhaps bring her a cup of milk and cuddle with her for a bit and perhaps distract her enough to keep it from happening.

Hopefully someone will get some sleep in our house!

3 comments:

Eleny said...

that is so hard when they are going through these and we are helpless. I hope that you can get her out of them and back to sleeping peacefully.

Melany said...

Waking her up did not help, in case you were wondering.

Stacie said...

oh no Mel, I am sorry to hear this..big hugs to Lil N and you!