September 21, 2011

What's Up With The Boogie?

I hear the Boogie crying in her room. I go in and she is sitting up in bed. She stops crying as soon as I walk in. I ask her what is wrong and sometimes she mumbles something unintelligible then lays down, and sometimes she just lays down. Tonight I noticed that she seemed shaky. She goes right back to sleep and doesn't remember anything in the morning.

This is something that has occurred before from time to time, but has been happening every night for the past 4 or 5 nights (maybe more.) Up until tonight it was happening somewhere between 11:00-11:45 p.m., but tonight it was around 10:30. She always cries until I go in -- she never wakes herself with her crying.

I mentioned it to a coworker today who asked if the Boogie might be overtired. I think she gets the sleep she needs. Her bedtime has always been around 9 p.m. Last week we moved it up to 8:30, although I don't know when she actually falls asleep. I never wake her in the morning, but rather let her sleep until she wakes up on her own. She gets 10-11 hours of sleep at night. She rarely naps anymore -- even if I think she needs one and make her rest in the afternoon she usually does not fall asleep.

I don't think it's a bad dream because from time to time she will have a dream that scares her. When she does it wakes her up. She is coherent and will come into my room to tell me, or if she cries she has to be comforted, and she remembers them the next day.

She doesn't sleepwalk, and she doesn't wet the bed. 

What do you think is causing this? It is very strange. Give me your diagnosis!


Chrissy said...

I've heard of kids having "night terrors" where they just cry in their sleep. I don't know much about it, but you might want to check into that.

So sorry she's having a rough time!!!

Rhonda said...

Sounds like she's entering a REM sleep zone, sort of about the same amount of time from the onset of bedtime.

Jersey Mama said...

So, a couple of people have mentioned night terrors, and a couple of people have mentioned the sleep cycle thing. Maybe it's a combination? I guess if it's night terrors maybe it's a mild form? What I read about them says that the child will actually be screaming and she's not doing that, thankfully! The weirdest thing to me is that all of a sudden it's happening every night.

Rhonda said...

If it were night terrors, it would be evident, so it's probably a combo of nightmares and REM.

Heather said...

All of my kids have gone through periods of doing this and always that same short distance from falling asleep! I assume it's a form of night terrors (which are related to the sleep cycle) and in my kids they are more common if they are overtired or learning some great new skill. If you're ok to just go in and settle her, ime, it passes in a week or two.