I’ve just come downstairs from putting T to bed. And as I sat with him, I wondered how other sotos families fare with sleeping.
We are lucky. T sleeps and sleeps well. Bedtime is usually around 6.30 to 7pm and generally he will sleep until around 6am.
A couple of nights per week if he’s thrown off his quilt and wakes up cold he will climb into bed with us and go straight back to sleep.
Talking to friends, we are extremely lucky in the sleep department, special needs or not.
Getting T to sleep is another matter. We need to sit or even lie in bed with him until he falls asleep. The getting into bed thing is a fall back to when we did love bombing and I think he really appreciates that close feeling he gets being cuddled by his mum or dad just before he falls asleep.
However, he fidgets a lot before he falls asleep. Legs move endlessly, he holds his arms in the air and rubs his arms constantly. You know he is ready to fall asleep when he flips onto his front and often puts his head under the pillow. However this period of time can be anywhere from 10 to 35 minutes. Often myself or my husband will also fall asleep!
Once asleep nothing really wakes him.
He’s a real mover when sleeping, often we hear him slam himself against the wall as he turns over. This doesn’t wake him although he will appear with bruises on his head the next morning!
We try to maintain a good bed time routine and a consistent time when he goes to bed. If T doesn’t get at least 10 hours sleep the following night he will be a monster. He is completely driven by how much sleep he has the night before in terms of his mood and ability to concentrate.
How do your children sleep? Are we lucky? Or is being a good sleeper a benefit of sotos?