Friday, February 22, 2013

Sleepless In Manila - Luna's First Bouts With Insomnia

Ok, it's not really insomnia. I think it's just too early for that. I struggled with severe insomnia when I was in high school. So Luna has still a few years before that could happen, I think. Or never, if she's lucky.

It all started when she got a bad cold about 3 weeks ago. Since then, she couldn't sleep well on the bed because her head wasn't propped up enough, making it a bit difficult for her to breathe. That, and it's always been a bit cooler in our bedroom even without the A/C on, so she gets more congested. That's when I decided to move her to the crib, which she only used during the day when she'd nap or play. It worked for a while. Until it didn't anymore. Boy, was I losing more sleep than ever.

The last few nights have been extra trying because she'd stir and wake up every 45 minutes to an hour. Honestly, it's exhausting! At first I thought it was because she had developed allergies (rhinitis - like mother like daughter) so she got restless whilst sleeping. But after trying out a few different things to create a better nighttime routine, I've discovered she was probably just uncomfortable in her crib. Tonight, I tried bringing her back to our bed, and lo and behold - she's been sleeping soundly since 8pm! It's been about 2 and a half hours since. PROGRESS!!!

I really hope she gets back on track with her sleeping. They say that at her age, she should be sleeping through the night, meaning uninterrupted sleep without feeding, for at least 5 hours straight. Here's to better sleep for her and longer sleep for me!

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