Almost five/still needs 12-13 hrs sleep

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Almost five/still needs 12-13 hrs sleep
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Thu, 07-05-2007 - 8:10am

Hi,

Our dd will be five in late August. Her temperament is such that she needs 12-13 hours of sleep at night and rapidly deteriorates if we stray from this. We also cannot budge her sleep much in that she always wakes at the same time each morning (6am).

I was just wondering if anyone else had a four/five year old with similar sleep needs?

Thanks,
-Amy

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Registered: 04-02-2003
Fri, 07-06-2007 - 2:59pm
Our youngest, Eva, is 4 and she still needs 12 hours of sleep a night. She usually sleeps from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. If she doesn't get enough sleep, she's a basket case. She doesn't nap anymore either and hasn't for a while. We try to be very strict with bedtimes because otherwise it causes issues. She's very active, so I think that might be way. She's even active in her sleep!

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Fri, 07-06-2007 - 5:18pm

Hi April,

Wow - this sounds silly but I am glad to hear that!

Grace is a major basket case with less than 12-13 hours and does not nap anymore either - though we often do a quiet play time after lunch. DD is also very active - mentally and physically and while no one we know seems to need to sleep she needs - the main problem with it is that we would like to move it back a bit as she can go to bed sooooo early on some nights - like 5pm. And when she goes to bed at 5pm, it is b/c she is already a basket case or well on her way to being one. No matter when we put her down, she wakes promptly at 6am and we cannot get her clock shifted.

Thanks for your reply,
-Amy

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Registered: 04-02-2003
Sat, 07-07-2007 - 1:11am

Amy,


Our daughters sound a lot alike! Some days Eva is so worn out that we end up putting her to bed at 6:00 p.m. Eva has always needed a lot of sleep. People are always surprised at how early we put her to bed.


That's hard when they won't shift their schedule. It's never really worked for Eva and we've tried. Even if we put her to bed later she won't wake up in the morning much later if at all and then gets more and more tired as the days go on. I know that getting up at 6:00 a.m. is no fun!


Hang in there!

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Mon, 07-09-2007 - 11:20am

Thanks, April!

Our dds do sound similar.

I really appreciate hearing from you!

-Amy

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Registered: 08-20-2003
Tue, 07-10-2007 - 12:32am

Hi Amy,


My DD turned 4 in May and she also needs a large amount of sleep!


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Tue, 07-10-2007 - 7:09am

Hi Laura,

It is really good to hear that others are in a similar situation! How nice, however, that your dd will sleep for 12 hours whenever you put her down...our dd will wake a 6 am no matter when we put her down - and that is the real challenge for us!

Thank you,
-Amy

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 07-17-2007 - 2:49pm

Hi, Amy!!! It's good to see you again! Have you had her iron levels tested? Tre is also one who needs TONS Of sleep and I realized he is low iron...has been since he was a baby and I just stopped itamins with iron in them.

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Tue, 07-17-2007 - 4:32pm

Hi Janet,

Yes - in the past - last year for her four year old check up, I believe we had that (anemia) tested along with thyroid. I am going to check again this year at her five year old check up but am not optimistic they will find anything.

Is there a test for iron that is different from a test for anemia?

Thanks for you note,
-Amy

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 07-17-2007 - 9:24pm
They just did a test for "iron", is what I've been told. It checks three different aspects of red blood cells and count.

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Wed, 07-18-2007 - 7:21am

Thank you Janet!

-Amy