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    Re: Sleeping issues

    Quote Originally Posted by rhino3382 View Post
    I have never been one to have issues with sleeping and have always slept through the night up until about 3 months ago. I keep having these same style of reoccurring dreams every single night. We have a 9 month old that is crawling and standing now. She has never slept in the bed with and only as of 5 months ago stopped sleeping in the cradle by our bed.

    Anyways these last couple months at some point in the night I have this nightmare that I fell asleep with my daughter awake in the bed and she is about to crawl off of the bed and hit the ground. It's a sheer panic and I frantically search for her in the dark until I wake up and realize what I am doing. I then get up and check on her in the other room and she is always sleeping. My wife wakes up everytime time also is getting pretty annoyed with it. I can't say I have tried changing anything to see if there is a trigger. Anyone have anything sort of similar and or suggestions on how to remedy this. Drinking a bunch of alcohol before bed is not going to happen so we can just get that joke over with.
    It doesn't sound like a sleep problem (speaking as a guy who has had sleep issues) so much as a "psychiatric" issue about anxiety. If you have the right insurance spend the co-pay and talk to a mental health professional. You're not crazy, you're just trying to cope with the huge change in life status IMHO.



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    Re: Sleeping issues

    Sounds like worry induced. Do you guys have a monitor set up? I could see a video one could be helpful to just look really quick and then go back to sleep. Or get http://www.amazon.com/Angelcare-Move...=angel+monitor

    If you are a person that prays, that is what helps me the best to refocus and to let go of the worry.





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    Re: Sleeping issues

    I am not and have never been one for touching drugs. smoked a little weed 10 years ago in college, but thats the extent of it. I dont even take asprin, Tylenol or any pills for any reason. we have a sound baby monitor but it does not have video. There are a couple decent suggestions in this thread that might be pursuing so i appreciate those. I do care about my daughter more than words can describe so that is probably the trigger for the fears of something happening to her. It would be one thing if it was something that was happening while i was awake, but since its while I am deep asleep, I feel a little helpless. I will look into the melatonin recommendation placebo affect or not. If it can help, I am willing to give it a shot



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    Re: Sleeping issues

    I use melatonin pretty regularly to help me get to sleep if I just can't and would highly suggest it. Best part is you can take it at any point during the night with no issues compared to Tylenol or Advil PM.



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    Re: Sleeping issues

    Also, just an FYI. Melatonin isn't a drug. It's a hormone thay occurs in the body naturally. It seems to help me as well



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    Re: Sleeping issues

    I doubt you have anything to worry about (except annoying your wife). I remember after the first one was born dreaming we left her in our bed and one of us rolled over on her. Had that dream multiple times. It's just a sign that you are realizing the kid is real, and there's a lot of responsibility to go with it. Just my opinion. I'm no psychologist.

    As far as sleeping pills, some are pretty scary: http://www.askapatient.com/viewratin...08&name=AMBIEN



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    Re: Sleeping issues

    You're going to be okay. Worry as you may there are no guarantees. All you get is a little time, don't sleep walk through it, be thoughtful,plan. You and your family have great times ahead of you, now get busy.



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    Re: Sleeping issues

    Wouldn't surprise me one bit if reassurances from people here went a long way toward easing your subconscious anxiety. Your life has changed a lot in the past year, it isn't always easy to adjust. You're fine, the kid is fine. But as dads we never quit worrying.

    I wish I could go back to the days where I was worried about the kids falling down--as adolescents their problems are much more complicated to deal with!


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    Re: Sleeping issues

    I'm going to echo those that have mentioned melatonin. I've never had sleeping problems, but my daughter did. Started giving her some melatonin and she's been better for it. Again to echo what's already been said, it's not a drug, it's a supplement.



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    Re: Sleeping issues

    There is a supplement that improves memory and focus. Stay away from it - it also intensifies dreams.



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    Re: Sleeping issues

    Quote Originally Posted by Daserop View Post
    While not the exact same situation this past winter for some reason I got fearful that I would never be able to get to sleep ever again. So I got panic attacks / anxiety attacks and had issues sleeping.

    My doctor recommended melatonin, an over the counter sleep supplement. That worked for me and my anxiety issues. My doctor said I could go up to 10mg. I started at 10mg and have worked my way down to 5mg now. However, it could just be a placebo effect thing for me but hey it works.

    I went through something like this in the winter. I'm a very light sleeper and I could hear my neighbors walking around and slamming counters at night, so it led to a couple of nights where I had anxiety about sleeping. If I heard the slightest noise, it would give me the anxiety. It was pretty crappy. In the end I bought a box fan to drown out the noise and I haven't had a problem since then



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    Re: Sleeping issues

    Well I woke up this morning pretty excited because I thought I slept straight through. I told the wife that and she said I didn't. She said I sat straight up in the middle of the night but it was due to a loud thunder that sounded right outside the house. So I guess I got that going for me that it wasn't something to do with my daughter.



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    Re: Sleeping issues

    It's normal OP. the whole first year and a half of my twin girls life, I did this on the regular. Searching in your covers for them until you realize it was a dream, freaking out looking under the bed. It sucks hard, but it goes away eentually.



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    Re: Sleeping issues

    Quote Originally Posted by State43 View Post
    It's normal OP. the whole first year and a half of my twin girls life, I did this on the regular. Searching in your covers for them until you realize it was a dream, freaking out looking under the bed. It sucks hard, but it goes away eentually.
    This is reassuring because as your aware it's a sheer panic until you realize what your doing and what's going on



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    Re: Sleeping issues

    This may be a horrible suggestion, but have you tried sleeping a night or two on the floor next to your daughter? It wouldn't be a permanent remedy, but you may just need a couple nights of "piece of mind" knowing that she's ok.

    I still have several nights a month where I wake up in the middle of the night passed out on the floor of my 6 year old's room. I used to fall asleep after reading to her. Now, she'll read to me and we'll both crash out.

    Who knew waking up after passing out on the floor could actually be rewarding instead of embarrassing?



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