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My Son Wakes Up No Less Than 10 Times A Night

by Jennifer
(Colorado Springs, USA)

My son is 3 and a half and sleeps like he did as an infant. He has never slept well through the night and just recently he has gone from waking up anywhere between 1-3 times a night to well over 10 times.

We have started keeping a log of when he wakes up and how long he's up for and recently in one night he woke up 15 times; once at around 12 he stayed up for over an hour and 15 minutes. He went to bed at 10 and was wide awake at 4:30. My husband and I put him back in bed without talking to him and generally he falls back asleep with no problem and he will wake up about 5 minutes after that and when he's up for over an hour, he screams and says he's scared but can't tell us what it is that he's afraid of.

He is extremely hyper, particularly when my husband comes home from work at night and has become very defiant. I assumed this was a part of the regression that children go through when mom's get closer to their due date and I have about 6 weeks left in my pregnancy. However, this behavior has gone on for well over 2 months and it is extremely stressful. On top of that, he has never slept well and I just thought that was who he was and he wasn't going to sleep for very long or sleep entirely through the night.

I have tried everything I can think of and I finally set up a doctor's appointment to try to get this all figured out.

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