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Posted 28 November 2012 - 11:57 PM
DS (19mo) went to sleep at midnight tonight (Wednesday)! He's been going to sleep late ever since Sunday night (11pm, Mon: 11pm, Tues: 9.30pm) and has had trouble with his naps and I've just noticed the VERY bright full moon outside. Yes, I know that scientists haven't proven any link between the moon and sleep/behaviour, but in the absence of any other obvious reasons for DS's sleep issues, I've decided to blame it on the moon!
So, has anyone else's child had problems sleeping this week in the lead up to the full moon?
Posted 29 November 2012 - 04:40 AM
I was just coming in here to vent about it!!! 2y/o DS, who co-sleeps with us, woke up at 1-bloody-AM and has only just fallen asleep. So for 4 hours, DH and I were floating in and out of sleep trying to get him to lie still and close his eyes. 4 friggin' long hours.
At least he has only woken up 7m/o DD once. Or maybe it was me when I yelled "Stop kicking me and close your eyes!". Pretty sure at some point I mentioned that I was going to kill him too.
And now the sun is up, DH is happily snoring away and I am wide awake ... and DD is starting to stir in her cot...
What a great start to the day.
Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:22 AM
I haven't noticed it affecting my kids' sleep, but it definitely does affect me. Every so often the full moon drives me nuts - fortunately it's not every month. My GP is adamant that the full moon affects people (she says she sees a lot more people with mental health issues and just generally people feeling unwell but not knowing why around that time) and that isn't just a myth, so I'm going with that.
Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:30 AM
Don't have kids, but my grandfather is currently in a dementia unit in the nursing home & I know the staff there have often commented that on the night of a full moon, the residents are more restless.
I've had a week of interupted sleep as well, so blaming the moon sounds good to me!
Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:30 AM
Not the kids - they are great sleepers now, but DH told me this morning he had the worst night sleep ever. Might explain it.
Not that we have seen the sun or moon or anything since Sunday - it has been very cloudy/misty here the last couple of days.
Posted 29 November 2012 - 10:19 AM
when i was staying at a mother baby unit last year, after one particular night the night staff were complaining what a bad night they had with all the babies waking constatntly. then they said "full moon". I thought they were joking but they said no, they always are super busy settling all the babies on full moon nights!
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